Rain, intense lightning and thunderstorm in Gujarat leads to 10 deaths and crop damage

April 17, 2019 1:44 PM |

Rain in Gujarat

The least weather active state during the Pre-Monsoon season, Gujarat has recorded widespread rain and thundershower activities with isolated hailstorm and strong winds during the last 24 hours. In the last 24 hours from 08:30 am on Tuesday, Deesa recorded 4.1 mm of rain, followed by Ahmedabad 3.9 mm, Surendranagar 3 mm, Gandhinagar 2 mm and Rajkot 0.6 mm.

As per officials, such widespread rains accompanied with lightning and dust storm activity has resulted in the death of 10 people and has injured several till now. Most of the deaths were reported in North Gujarat mainly due to lightning strike and falling of trees.

According to the National Disaster Management Authority, 1 person died in Ahmedabad, 1 in Rajkot, 2 in Banaskantha, 1 in Morbi, 1 in Sabarkantha, 3 in Mehsana and 1 in Patan.

Districts in Gujarat like Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Anand were severely affected. Crops in these areas were ruined due to heavy rain and storm.

As predicted these rains have been attributed to the Western Disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir and its induced cyclonic circulation over parts of Rajasthan. Due to these weather systems, all the states in North India are witnessing widespread weather activities.

In the wake of such widespread rains, day temperatures over most places in Gujarat have dropped significantly and are settling 5˚C to 7˚C below normal. This has brought huge relief from prolonged heat wave conditions. Yesterday, Deesa recorded its maximum temperature at 32.5˚C which was 7˚C below normal, followed by Bhuj 33.4˚C, Rajkot 34.5˚C and Ahmedabad 35.2˚C.

Now as these systems have moved northeastwards, today we do not expect any weather activity over the entire state of Gujarat. In fact, now for the coming one week we do not expect weather conditions to change, but day temperatures will start rising from today. However, increase in mercury would be a gradual one an. d heat wave conditions might only make a come back later in the week.

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