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Surat Rains Update: Moderate intensity of rains to continue in Surat, 13 people rescued by two IAF helicopters

August 5, 2019 8:15 PM |

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Updated on Aug 5, 8:00 PM: Moderate intensity of rains to continue in Surat

The weather system which brought rains is clearing the region, and next 24 hours will see very little rains. However, Surat, Vapi, Navsari, Valsad may see moderate rains. Other parts of Gujarat, will see light to moderate rains, for the next 4-5 days.

Updated on Aug 5, 7:30 PM: 13 people stranded in Lahura and Kosadi villages of Mangarol rescued by two IAF helicopters

Two Indian Air Force helicopters on Monday rescued thirteen villagers stranded due to heavy rains in Mangarol taluka of Surat district, officials said.

“Thirteen marooned villagers at Lahura and Kosadi of Mangarol taluka in Surat district were rescued by two IAF helicopters which took off from Vadodara and Surat,” a defence official said.

While Mangarol got 451 mm rainfall, Umerpada received 587 mm.

Several low-lying villages have been flooded and National Disaster Response Force and Air Force teams are in the region, mainly south Gujarat districts of Surat, Valsad, Narmada and Bharuch, for rescue and relief operations.

Updated on Aug 4, 2:30 PM: Heavy to very heavy rains continue to batter many parts of Gujarat on Sunday as well. In fact, places such as Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad are already reporting rain and thundershowers and showers are likely to pick up pace during the day. Intense clouding could be seen over many parts of Gujarat and Saurashtra.

According to Skymet Weather, Monsoon 2019 continues to be active over South and Central Gujarat. With this, weather conditions remain conducive for heavy to very heavy rains on Sunday over the region including places such as Valsad, Vapi, Surat, Vadodara, Bharuch, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Bhavnagar, Botad, Mahuva, Amreli, Somnath, and Junagarh.

Over 2600 people have been evacuated from the five districts of Surat, Valsad, Anand, Bharuch and Vadodara during the last 24 hours. So far, 11000 people have been evacuated and moved to rescue homes.

The last 24 hours also saw torrential rains with few extremely heavy showers as well. In span of 24 hours from 8:30 am on Saturday, Vallabh Vidyanagar recorded whopping 217 mm of rains, followed by Khambat 150 mm, Bulsar 178 mm, Olpad 130 mm, Baroda 118.7 mm, Umarpada 100 mm, Surat 67 mm, Gandhinagar 65 mm, Ahmedabad 54 mm, Diu 41 mm, Mahuva 20 mm, and Bhavnagar 16 mm.  However, Kutch and North Gujarat witnessed isolated rains only.

These torrential rains have already led to local rivers over flowing. Reportedly, Kim river in Surat has surpassed the danger level over 11 meters. Auranga river in Valsad has also witnessed huge inflow of water and running at the danger-mark.

In wake of this, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have already been deployed over these districts as situation remains grim.

These rains can be attributed to the prevalence of various Monsoon systems such as the off-shore trough running across the West Coast, a cyclonic circulation over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining coastal areas of West Bengal and Odisha and a convergence zone is also seen South Gujarat coast. Strong winds from the Arabian Sea are also reaching over the state.

Any relief is only expected after next 24 hours, when rains would start reducing.

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