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At 108.7 mm, November rain brings Pune to standstill

Not unusual, but instances have been few, say Met officials.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: November 24, 2015 4:41:11 am
water logging, puen water logging, pune traffic, pune water logging traffic, pune news Commuters wade through water near Pune railway station after a heavy downpour on Monday. (Arul Horizon)

WITH PUNE facing heavy rainfall in the last 36 hours—Sunday to Monday evening— life came to a standstill, with major power disruptions, water logging, traffic jams and mishaps being reported from across the city. According to the meteorological department, the city recorded 108.7 mm rainfall in 36 hours, the highest rainfall recorded during a similar period in November in the last 10 years.
On Monday morning, the department had recorded 95 mm rainfall, but with yet another spell of 13.7 mm rainfall recorded on Monday late evening, the total rainfall went up to 108.7 mm, said the met officials.

Heavy rains lashed the city on Sunday evening that continued through the night, flooding many roads across the city. Met officials, however, said that heavy rainfall in the winter months is not unusual, as there have been instances of such rain during this month in the past too, with 2009 recording 93.8 mm and 1985 recording 108.8 mm.

Additional director general B Mukhopadhyay from IMD, Pune said that it was expected. “There are rare cases of interaction between strong easterlies and strong westerlies of various combinations. However, in this case, both the interactions were strong and fell on the region. So, we predicted this three days ago.”

“We have issued the forecast that the rains will continue till November 25 and clear skies are expected only after November 29. The minimum temperatures will hover between 14 and 20 degree Celsius and it is expected to dip only at the end of the month,” said the official.

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Unlike a record rainfall this year, the last few years have been witnessing less rain during this month. According to Met officials, in 2014, the highest recorded in November was 15.7 mm rainfall, in 2013 it was 12.7 mm.

In the catchment areas too, there was good rainfall. The over 32-hour continuous spell has seen the total dam level up to 14.14 TMC (48.53 per cent) as against last year’s 84.18 per cent (24.54 per cent). The Khadakwasla dam recorded 95 mm rainfall, Panshet recorded 46 mm, Varasgaon it was 50 mm, Temghar it was 122 mm rainfall over the last 36 hours.

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