Gujarat Floods: No relief in offing as more heavy showers ahead

Gujarat Weather

Heavy to extremely heavy rains lashed many parts of Gujarat triggering flood like conditions. Moreover, this flood situation has also claimed 29 lives. With NDRF on board for rescue and evacuation work, over 250 people have been sent to safe places.

An NDRF team has been deployed at Girgodada Railway Station, Gir Somnath for rescue operations of people being stuck in a local train due to water-logging at a  railway track. Another NDRF team has evacuated over 80 people in Surat at Sant Nagar Colony.

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In fact, the southern districts of Surat, Valsad and Navsari were witnessing heavy rains during the last few days. Occasionally, heavy showers had also lashed cities of Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Gandhinagar and a few others.

In the last 24 hours from 8:30 am on Monday, Valsad saw a whopping 223 mm of rains, Rajkot saw a massive 189 mm of rains, Veraval 183 mm, Mahuva 121 mm, Bhavnagar 59 mm, Kandla 59 mm, Vallabh Vidyanagar 47 mm, Amreli 44 mm, and Porbandar 35 mm of rainfall.

A cyclonic circulation is persisting over Gujarat in the mid levels at about 7.5 km above the ground. Gujarat usually gets affected by the weather systems over Northeast Arabian Sea.

Also, whenever a strong weather system develops in the west-central Bay of Bengal, including a well marked low or a depression, it moves in a westerly direction across Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and sometimes up to Gujarat giving heavy showers which has been the case last year wherein two to three systems resulted in such weather activity.

During the next 24 to 48 hours also, rainfall activity will continue over the state of Gujarat. Saurashtra has to watch out for some rains coming its way as the rain belt is expected to shift westward.

Now, successive weather systems are expected to develop in Bay and further move towards Gujarat, resulting in heavy to very heavy showers around July 19 and 20, and thereafter on July 24 and 25. Thus, we can say that no relief is in the offing from the prevailing flood situation and may even worsen during the upcoming rainy episodes.

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