Vigorous Southwest Monsoon conditions are likely to prevail over coastal Maharashtra and overall west coast, which will bring very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall during the next five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned.Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will also experience enhanced rainfall during the next few days.For the first time, Maharashtra rainfall fell under the ‘normal’ category in this season. Since June 1, the state has received 227.9 mm of rain. Statistically, this is 12 per cent short of the state’s seasonal normal till July 5, but the IMD considers this deficit within the normal rainfall category.There is a low-pressure area present over central Madhya Pradesh. An off-shore trough runs between Gujarat and Maharashtra, and the monsoon trough is currently running below its normal position and lastly, there are strong westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea over to Maharashtra.As per IMD’s latest weather forecasts, Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra remain on ‘red’ alert (take action) till July 8.The IMD has placed Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra under ‘red’ alert till Friday, whereas an ‘orange’ alert has been issued for Saturday. Goa, coastal Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are also under ‘orange’ alert on Wednesday.For July 9, a warning has been issued for Rajasthan, Gujarat, Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Odisha.
Gujarat Revenue Minister Rajendra Trivedi on Monday visited the flood-ravaged villages of Borsad taluka in Anand district and handed over compensation cheques for Rs 4 lakh to families of three persons killed in the flash floods of Saturday night.Trivedi also assured that families who have lost domestic animals in the floods will also receive compensation shortly.Accompanied by District Collector M Y Daxini and BJP MP Mitesh Patel, along with other elected representatives and teams of NDRF, Trivedi visited the affected areas and interacted with people in the shelter homes, distributing grains and sarees to women.Trivedi, who is the guardian minister of Anand district, also handed over the compensation cheques for Rs 4 lakh to the families of the three deceased persons –Sanjay Patel, Kisan Baria, and Sana Thakur.Speaking to reporters, Trivedi said that despite the taluka receiving over 300mm rainfall in 24 hours, the administration and the BJP “did its best” in the given situation.In response to a query about the pre-monsoon work of the administration in the flood-affected areas, Trivedi said, “It is not the question of the pre-monsoon work in this matter. When any place receives rainfall of 1 foot (300 mm) in a span of 24 hours, the low-lying areas are bound to be flooded… Even in such a situation, the administration was able to reach everyone and shift people to safer places. Unfortunately, three persons were killed but the government did not sit back and watch… The revenue department, collector’s office and the workers of the BJP got together and faced the floods…”Trivedi added that the government would soon also release the compensation to families that have lost domestic animals.“We are aware that many domestic animals were drowned in the flood… I surveyed the villages today and I could see the flood water has left marks up to 11 feet… Our party workers and elected representatives have travelled through the flood waters on tractors and along with the district administration ensured that all people were taken care of.. We had 200 people in the shelter home and everyone was served food,” Trivedi said.Collector MY Daxini said that Trivedi distributed sarees to 180 women and grains to families at the shelter home, who will slowly be shifted back to their homes.“The water has receded in most places but the teams are working on surveying the area. The health teams are also in action, checking those families that are still in the shelters and villages where water has just receded are being sanitised. The carcasses of animals are also being disposed of,” Daxini told The Indian Express.“So far, close to 150 families have moved back to villages such as Bhadran but about 186 families from Sisva and around are still in the shelter. The survey teams will complete their work and in a day or two, we will also complete the cash dole for compensation and loss of household items as per government rule,” the collector added.
VADODARA: Two days after a girl was attacked by a crocodile in Waghodia taluka, the forest department rescued a reptile from the Dev river. The nine-foot-long crocodile was trapped in a cage kept near the river and will be released in another water body. "The crocodile was rescued from the same place where the girl was killed. There are a couple of crocodiles that frequent the spot," said Hemant Vadhwana, wildlife activist. After the attack, locals were scared to venture near the river. The girl was washing clothes on the river bank when the reptile attacked her and dragged her into water. Dev river is home to many crocodiles which are spotted frequently during monsoon when the river water swells. Forest officials and wildlife activists have organized awareness campaigns in the past and urged the locals to stay away from riverbank. During monsoon, many reptiles move out of rivers in search of other water bodies.
Ahmedabad: Heavy rain lashed parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions, causing flood-like situation in the affected areas, prompting the deployment of five National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in Surat, Banaskantha and Rajkot districts, officials said on Sunday.Parts of Navsari and Tapi districts in south Gujarat, as well as Devbhumi Dwarka, Junagadh and Jamnagar received heavy rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 6am on Sunday. With the state’s 30 talukas receiving heavy rainfall of over 50mm, the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.Parts of Narmada, Bharuch, Surat and Vadodara were among those that received good rainfall during the day, it said.With the India Meteorological Department predicting heavy to very rainfall in some isolated pockets of Gujarat over the next five days, the NDRF moved eight of its teams to Surat, Banaskantha and Rajkot districts as “pre-monsoon deployment” from its base in Vadodara, the agency said in a Twitter update.One team each has been moved to Surat and Banaskantha, and three to Rajkot, the specialised relief and disaster combat agency added.Navsari witnessed major waterlogging, leading to traffic jams and blockage of underpasses. In Junagadh and Devbhumi Dwarka, monsoonal rivers received water and so did local dams, officials said.According to SEOC, over a 24-hour period ending at 6am, Vansda taluka of Navsari district received 136mm rainfall, Khambhaliya in Devbhumi Dwarka got 114mm rainfall, while it was 106mm in Manavadar in Junagadh, and 98mm in Dolvan in Tapi.The IMD had, on Saturday, said the southwest monsoon had covered and was active over Gujarat region, with light to moderate rain very likely over the next five days. PTI
The rainfall average forecast for July is said to be normal at 94 per cent, IMD said.New Delhi: Southwest Monsoon has covered the entire country six days before the normal date, as parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat received their first seasonal rains on Friday.The Monsoon had set over Kerala on May 29, three days ahead of the normal date of June 1."Southwest monsoon has covered the entire country on Saturday, six days before the normal date of July 8," the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.Parts of western Rajasthan and north Gujarat, which were yet to receive monsoon rains, received their first showers on Friday.However, the country has recorded a rainfall deficit of five per cent as on Saturday.According to the IMD, all states falling in the monsoon core zone, barring Rajasthan, have received deficient rains till now. The monsoon core zone comprises the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha which are rain-fed agricultural regions.Gujarat has received 37 per cent deficient rains than the long period average (LPA) till July 2, followed by Odisha (-34 per cent), Maharashtra (-25 per cent), Chhattisgarh (-25 per cent) and Madhya Pradesh (-15 per cent). Rajasthan has received 33 per cent excess rains than the LPA.According to the forecast for July issued by the IMD, the rainfall average for the country as a whole is most likely to be normal at 94 per cent to 106 per cent of the LPA for the month. The LPA for July, based on the rainfall data from 1971-2020, is about 280.4 mm.The weather office has forecast enhanced rainfall activity over Odisha, Gujarat, Konkan, and Goa during the next five days, over central India on July 4 and 5, and over northwest India on July 5 and 6.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA cyclonic circulation has formed over Bangladesh and there were also signs of formation of a low pressure area over north Odisha, which could help boost monsoon rains in the region and parts of central India. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
After two consecutive seasons of surplus rainfall recorded during June of 2020 and 2021, the monsoon season in the country this year has seen an 8 per cent deficit, which is within the normal range. The all-India June rainfall this year is 152.3mm against the normal of 165.3mm (based on 1971 – 2021 data).A total of 18 states, including Kerala, Maharashtra and Delhi, are staring at large rainfall deficits as the season transitions into July. Since 2002, the all-India June rainfall ended as deficient for eleven years (see box), with 2009 and 2014 remaining among the driest.Though the southwest monsoon arrived over Kerala on May 29, its progress this year has remained sluggish. More so, monsoon-like rainfall was largely absent over the southern peninsula, east and northeast, central and parts of north India where the onset has been realised so far.June, the onset month of the southwest monsoon all over India, is usually filled with large-scale rainfall variations. “Normally, the rainfall variations are high during the monsoon onset and withdrawal months,” said Dr D Sivananda Pai, senior forecaster and director at the Institute for Climate Change Studies (ICCS), Kerala.However this year, the weak monsoon currents persisted since the start of the season, he said, adding that it resulted in below-normal rainfall along the west coast and south peninsular India, until recently.The rainfall deficit at the end of the monsoon season’s first month is Delhi (-70 per cent), Gujarat (-54 per cent), Jharkhand (-49 per cent), Odisha (-37 per cent), Haryana and Himachal Pradesh (-34 per cent), Maharashtra (-30 per cent), Uttarakhand (-29 per cent), Punjab (-28 per cent), Chhattisgarh (-27 per cent), Mizoram (-26 per cent) and Manipur (-21 per cent).The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday announced the monsoon onset over Delhi on Thursday after it covered all of Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The Northern Limit of Monsoon — an imaginary line indicating the monsoon’s progress — passed through Deesa, Ratlam, Jaipur, Rohtak, Pathankot and Jammu on the day.With the formation of an off-shore trough off India’s west coast and the strengthening of the monsoon winds, the first week of July looks promising, Pai said.He said, “The sowing activities which could not be taken up due to lack of rainfall can now be initiated.”It will also be a rainy July start for Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Puducherry, coastal Maharashtra, Kerala, Mahe and coastal and south interior Karnataka.
AHMEDABAD: On Monday, the southwest monsoon advanced further over the Arabian Sea and most parts of Gujarat, with its northern limit passing through Deesa. India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials said conditions are favourable for further advance for the monsoon in the three-four days. While the city did not get any rain on Monday after a thunderstorm on Sunday evening, the maximum temperature dropped by about 7.8 degrees in a day, from 43.3 degrees to 35.5 degrees, though humidity levels were high. According to state government figures, 20 talukas had received rain till 8pm on Monday. Ahwa in Dang district received 38mm of rainfall, followed by 25mm at Khergam, Navsari; and 10mm at Waghai, Dang; and Dolvan, Tapi. Dholera near Ahmedabad got 3mm. tnn
Easterly winds that bring monsoon to Northwest India have been absent, resulting in the dry spell in North India in June, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday. In absence of easterly winds, southwesterly winds took the monsoon clouds to Northeast, resulting in excessive rainfall and floods there.While the all-India rainfall was 4% deficient, Assam and Meghalaya experienced 1,000mm last week. Other parts of the Northeast, including Manipur, Tripura; sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim also received heavy rainfall.“All India rainfall shows little change, and that’s a very good sign. But the number of dry spells are increasing as well as the pockets of extremely heavy rainfall are also increasing. The variability is high and this is worrying. We are not expecting easterly winds for the next 4-5 days as well,’’said Dr R K Jenamani, Senior Scientist, National Weather Forecast Division, IMD.The all-India rainfall was 18% deficient, while highest regional rainfall deficiency of minus 31 per cent (June 1 - 24) was reported from the central India region covering Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, affecting agricultural activities in this core monsoon zone. The IMD said 61% of the country has received normal to excess monsoon rainfall, while 39% area has been deficient, so far.Although, in the last three years (2019-2021), India has recorded normal to above normal rainfall but variability in dispersal of monsoon rain has been ever high. Abinash Mohanty, Programme Lead, Risks and Adaptation, Council for Energy Environment and Water, said that 75% of the country now falls under extreme weather hotspots, with six climatic zones, 27 states, 463 districts and over 638 million Indians vulnerable to extreme weather events. “As much as 45% landscape disruption has taken place resulting in micro-climatic events. So, areas that were earlier drought prone are now becoming flood prone as well and vice versa. India is currently going through dry epoch rainfall with the number of dry days increasing. A 1% change in monsoon rainfall will result in 0.34% change in India’s agriculture-driven GDP that year,’’ said Mohanty.Meanwhile, the Met Department has warned of thunderstorms with moderate intensity rainfall over Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during June 27 and 28. Rainfall will continue along the west coast during the next five days.
Kharif sowing in the country has taken a massive hit due to lack of rains. Data released by the Union government on Friday showed 140.52 lakh hectares of sowing as against 184.44 lakh hectares last year. And with the southwest monsoon likely to continue in its weak phase till the end of June, there is growing uncertainty over this year’s remaining kharif sowing.India’s highest regional rainfall deficiency of minus 31 per cent (from June 1 to June 24) is being reported from the central India region, covering Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.“Except Marathwada, most areas in central India are under stress due to deficient rainfall received in this season so far. There are no favourable systems likely to form that could bring rains over central and interior peninsular India, at least till the end of June,” said Medha Khole, scientist, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune.This could mean that deficient June rainfall resulting in poor soil moisture could hit major kharif cultivation areas in the country.Among the kharif crops, oilseeds have taken the maximum hit with the country reporting 47.45 per cent year-on-year dip. Only 11.48 lakh hectares of area has come under oilseed from last year’s 22.41 lakh hectares. Similarly, rice (19.59/36.03 lakh hectares), pulses (8.70/13.62 lakh hectares), coarse cereals (11.08/18.06 lakh hectares) and cotton (31.83/37.84 lakh hectares) have reported dip in sowing. The only crop that has reported a positive growth is sugarcane with farmers taking the cash crop over 50.74 lakh hectares this season as against 50.16 lakh hectares last year.While the sowing window of oilseeds such as soybean and pulses like tur is far from over, growers of moong and urad are a worried lot. The sowing window of these two crops closes by June-end as against soybean, cotton, tur and other crops that can be sown till the end of July. Farmers in most states are waiting for enough soil moisture to accelerate their sowing operations.Since the monsoon onset over Kerala on May 29, a majority of rainfall recorded has been either due to western disturbances and allied systems or convective activities resulting in thunderstorms — that too, as late as in third week of June.Last week’s record rainfall over Assam and Meghalaya was predominantly due to southerly winds from the Bay of Bengal. Earlier this week, an interaction of active western disturbances caused snow, heavy rain and hail over parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. Rainfall along the west coast too picked up over the last few days.All these high rainfall events collectively pushed the all-India weekly rainfall (June 16 – 22) to +45 per cent – the first week with surplus rainfall this year. But seasonal rainfall remained 4 per cent short of normal (till June 24) after touching the normal figure for a day on Thursday. So far, India has recorded 115.2mm rainfall.On the monsoon’s further advance, Khole said that there was no progress likely during the next three to four days. This means that the monsoon would reach Delhi only around the normal onset date, which is June 30.Meanwhile, the Met department has warned of thunderstorms with moderate intensity rainfall over Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on June 27 and 28. Rainfall will continue along the west coast during the next five days.
With rains seen in parts of Delhi over the past four days, temperatures continue to be recorded well below normal.On Wednesday, the minimum temperature, which is recorded early in the morning, was 24.3 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials, the maximum temperature will settle at around 36 degrees Celsius, three degrees below the expected level at this time of the year.Light rain is also likely in several parts of the city.The IMD forecast says that rain is not expected for the coming 4-5 days and by the weekend, the temperatures will be back up to around 39 degrees Celsius. The lull, however, is expected to be short-lived, as the monsoon is expected to hit the city between June 27-30.Rainfall data collected between June 1 and June 21 shows that Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are the only two states in the country where rains are more than 60% deficient, falling in the Large Deficient category. Fifteen states come under the deficient category, with a deficit of up to 59%. This includes Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Gujarat.In Delhi, only the east zone has got excess rainfall, while the other zones are either in the Deficient or the Large Deficient categories.
With monsoon arriving on time, farmers in Gujarat have started sowing for the Kharif season, covering 2.53 lakh hectares in the first two weeks of June, a 16 per cent rise in sowing compared to the same period in 2021.Cotton and groundnut farmers have taken the lead accounting for almost 2.33 lakh hectares of total area sown till June 13, states latest data from the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat. During the same period last year, sowing was done in 2.18 lakh hectares.Among the groundnut farmers, those in Saurashtra region have taken a lead by sowing 98,400 hectares. Similarly, cotton also has seen maximum sowing in Saurashtra in 94,300 hectares.Among districts, the highest sowing in the state so far has been in Morbi district with 42,000 hectares, followed by Junagadh 39,300 hectares, Rajkot with 39,100 hectares and Surendranagar 368 hectares. Except for Surendranagar that has received 27 per cent more rainfall, all other districts in Saurashtra have rainfall deficits ranging around 88-19 per cent.While, monsoon is yet to cover the entire state, there is a 50 per cent deficit in rainfall. In most of South and Central Gujarat districts that also have similar rainfall deficit, Kharif sowing is yet to begin on a large scale. Panchmahal, Dahod, Mahisagar, Chotta Udepur, Bharuch, Dang and Valsad are the among the districts where sowing is yet to begin. These are also the districts that have large tribal population.The Gujarat government has already estimated that farmers in Gujarat will need 19.95 lakh metric tonnes of chemical fertilisers for Kharif 2022 which will be 19 per cent more than last year. The government will provide a subsidy of Rs 5,278 crore this season.Meanwhile, sowing of bajra, jowar, urad, sesamum, castor, tobaaco and guar seed is yet to commence.
Important topics and their relevance in UPSC CSE exam for June 20, 2022. If you missed the June 17, 2022 UPSC key from the Indian Express, read it hereFRONT PAGENo rollback, Agniveer aspirants must pledge they weren’t among protestersSyllabus:Preliminary Examination: Current events of national and international importanceMains Examination: General Studies II: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.Key Points to Ponder:• The military “needs a youthful profile”-What have you understood by this statement?• When was the idea of ‘Tour of Duty’ (ToD) first mooted in India?• Kargil Review Committee’s on ageing of Army-What was there in the report?• What is Conscription model of recruitment?• How recently introduced “Tour of Duty” model” is different from Conscription model?• Know the other countries recruitment model. 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The fifth edition of Sujalam Suflam Jal Abhiyan (SSJA) initiative of the Gujarat government concluded on June 7 in which 17,812 works were completed increasing the water storage capacity of the state by 24,418 lakh cubic feet.The campaign was launched by Gujarat government in 2018 with an intention to bring up – ground water level and increase storage capacity of water bodies. The campaign is carried out by the state before monsoon since 2018 in which works are being undertaken to deepen village ponds, desilting check dams, repairing check dams, maintaining and cleaning of canals etc. Express SubscriptionCheck out our special pricing for international readers when the offer lastsSubscribe NowThe campaign was launched by Gujarat government in 2018 with an intention to bring up – ground water level and increase storage capacity of water bodies. The campaign is carried out by the state before monsoon since 2018 in which works are being undertaken to deepen village ponds, desilting check dams, repairing check dams, maintaining and cleaning of canals etc. Express SubscriptionCheck out our special pricing for international readers when the offer lastsSubscribe Now
AHMEDABAD: Temperature soared on Friday sharply in the city with maximum temperature touching 40.6 degrees celsius. It was 2.3 degrees higher than the normal. Moreover, the minimum temperature too was 1.1 degrees higher at 28.3 degrees. The city was the hottest, followed by 40.6 degrees in Kandla. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin, the northern limit of monsoon passes through Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Khandwa, Gondia, Malda, Motihari among other places. Ahmedabad, Anand, Dahod, Kheda, Panchmahal and other areas are likely to receive rainfall on Saturday.
AHMEDABAD: The water supply and sewerage committee of the civic body has ordered a survey of all lakes in the city to chart out a plan to recharge them with rainwater. In a meeting of the committee held on Friday after discussions, Jatin Patel, chairman of the committee, instructed the officials to conduct the survey and then make a plan to recharge city lakes. Patel said that since March, the water supply and sewerage department has readied six overhead water tanks for the public. “One overhead tank is not yet operational in Vastral as the residents have not paid connection charges,” Patel said. In another meeting held by the roads and building committee, the commissioner was told that the civic body has completed 90% of its pre-monsoon preparedness plan. The committee also approved the proposal to construct 21 ‘pink toilets’ for women in the city.
The southwest monsoon has started inconsistently in different parts of the country, with rain eluding many states but lashing parts of other states. The all-India rainfall was 18% short of normal until Friday. But while a majority of India awaits rain, Assam and Meghalaya have been submerged in record rainfall of 1,000mm in the last 24 hours.Monsoon so farDespite the monsoon’s early arrival on May 29 over Kerala, rainfall has been abysmally poor over most regions where the onset has been declared. The rainfall deficiency for the season until June 17 is as high as 60% in Kerala and Maharashtra.Experts at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the wind circulation pattern is yet to fully get established.This, along with absence of favourable systems, have kept the monsoon inactive so far. Senior Met officials noted that the monsoon onset has largely been driven by convective activities — thunder, lightning and localised rainfall, mainly realised during afternoon hours.On Friday, the Northern Limit of Monsoon (NLM) — or the imaginary line indicating the areas covered by the Southwest monsoon — passed through Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Khandwa, Gondia, Durg, Bhawanipura, Kalingapatnam, Malda and Motihari. On Friday, the monsoon advanced into a very small geographical area over north Bihar and sub-Himalayan West Bengal. The southwest monsoon has covered the entire Southern Peninsular and Northeast India, southern Chhattisgarh and Odisha, and some parts of Gujarat and Bihar.Region-wise, the rainfall departures were –24% in Southern Peninsular India and +39% in East and Northeast India. Over other regions, where the monsoon is yet to arrive, the departures were –63% in Northwest India and –57% in Central India.World’s wettest placesCherrapunji in Meghalaya, among the world’s wettest locations, has received unprecedented rainfall this week. In just three days between June 15 and 17, the total rainfall recorded was 2,456 mm — more than the annual rainfall of many places in central India and Mumbai’s seasonal (June to September) average rainfall. Friday (972 mm) was Cherrapunji’s third wettest June day since 1901, and Wednesday (811.6 mm) was the eighth wettest.Mawsynram in Meghalaya, the world’s wettest place, broke an 83-year record for June. The 24-hour rainfall on Friday at Mawsynram was 1003.6mm. The previous highest rainfall in June here was 954.4mm in June 1966.The IMD has attributed such extreme rainfall consistently over three days to the strong and moisture-loaded southerly winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal straight towards parts of Assam and Meghalaya. Since June 1, Meghalaya and Assam have recorded 194% and 96% surplus rainfall, respectively. Other northeastern states remain in deficit: Mizoram (–46%) , Manipur (–45%) and Tripura (–39%).Implications for agricultureMany southern states have started kharif sowing. At present, nursery sowing or transplantation of rice, finger millet, maize, soyabean, pigeon pea, groundnut are ongoing in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Haryana and Punjab.The agricultural meteorology division of the IMD has advised farmers to take up nursery of rice and vegetables and prepare land ahead of sowing.ForecastAfter remaining subdued for nearly three weeks, both the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal branches of the southwest monsoon will make further progress starting June 19. The IMD has forecast enhanced rainfall activity along the west coast, especially Konkan, Kerala and coastal Karnataka during June 19-22.“The monsoon winds from the Arabian Sea are set to strengthen, and there are chances of development of an off-shore trough parallel to the west coast, resulting in heavy rains along the west coast,” a senior IMD, Pune official said on Friday.An “intense and very heavy rainfall” warning and a “yellow” alert have been issued for southern Konkan during these days.The extremely heavy rainfall over the Northeast, especially Assam and Meghalaya, will continue until Monday. Thereafter, a reduction in rainfall is likely owing to the change in wind direction from southerly to westerlies from the Bay of Bengal.Due to likely instability caused by interaction between westerly winds from higher altitudes and most winds from the Arabian Sea, Northwest India, parts of Jammu & Kashmir will receive heavy rain during the next three days, the IMD said.With the monsoon still keeping with the normal onset dates and the current yet to be established, the upcoming spell starting June 19 still carries hope. According to officials, widespread and heavy rainfall can make up for the prevailing large deficits, and officials said conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon over Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar by early next week.
The southwest monsoon marked its onset in Gujarat Monday, two days ahead of its scheduled arrival, with heavy rainfall in northern and Saurashtra districts of the state, even as three of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed following heavy rain in Morbi district late Sunday.Also, over 48 kutcha houses in Tapi district were damaged due to highspeed winds Sunday night, leaving them to take shelter in nearby safer areas. No casualty has been reported.The family was sleeping in their house in Sundaribhavani village under Halvad taluka when a wall collapsed on them. A woman, her husband and the latter’s brother suffered serious injuries and died on the spot. They were in the age group of 25 to 30 years, an official from Halvad police station said.In another incident, a woman was killed after being struck by lightning in Jhikiyari village of the district on Sunday evening.Rainfall was recorded in 91 talukas across 33 districts on Monday with Dhansura in Aravalli district recording the highest rainfall of 70 mm in 12 hours from 6 am.Pre-monsoon activity has been witnessed in the state over the past week.Other areas that received heavy rainfall were Mansa in Gandhinagar at 65 mm, Chotila in Surendranagar at 58 mm and Modasa in Aravalli and Vijaynagar in Sabarkantha that received 50 mm each.Patan, Banaskantha, Kheda, Amreli, Jamnagar, Kutch, Anand, Devbhumi Dwarka, Mahisagar, Surat, Junagadh, Chhota Udepur, Morbi, Vadodara, Dang, Bharuch, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Bhavnagar, Tapi, Porbandar, Navsari and Dahod received heavy rainfall.As per the district flood control department of Navsari, a water logging incident has been reported at the railway culvert wherein people were facing problems and along with this some of the low-lying areas were inundated into the rainwater.The rainfall measured in Navsari, Tapi and Dangs district in last 24 hours till Monday evening is Khergam 27 mm, Chikhli 8 mm, Jalalpore 20 mm, Navsari 7 mm, Ahwa 10 mm, Saputara 63mm, Vaghai 34 mm, Subir 21 mm, Valod 5 mm, Songadh 17 mm, Nizar 2mm.According to the district administration office, over 48 houses in 7 grampanchayats in Kukarmunda taluka of Tapi district had witnessed damages due to the high-speed winds and rainfall Sunday night. The roofs of the houses were flown into the air, in some houses, the wall collapsed and many other houses were damaged. The home inmates shifted themselves to a safer places due to such high-speed winds.The Tapi district administration had on Monday sent their teams to the spot in the villages to assess the damage caused by high-speed winds.Tapi district collector H K Vadhvaniya said, “We have carried out a survey and got its report about the loss. Our teams had talked to each and every person in the districts whose houses were damaged due to high-speed winds. We will prepare a report about such loss and sent it to state disaster management department in Gandhinagar. They will allot grant and then we will distribute it to beneficiaries. We are taking care of them and have supplied food packets to them.”The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of heavy rainfall for Tuesday and Wednesday across the state and light to moderate rainfall till June 17.“Heavy rain very likely at in districts of Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Morbi, Patan, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli and Gandhinagar. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely in districts of Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch,” the IMD forecast for Tuesday stated.Light thunderstorm with lightning accompanied with light to moderate rain is very likely in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Navsari and Valsad as well as in all the districts of Saurashtra and Kutch on Wednesday.Sunday’s rainfall resulted in a dip in temperature to below 40 degrees Celsius across the state, barring Kandla port. Kandla airport recorded 38.8 degrees Celsius, Bhuj and Surendranagar 37.8, Deesa 36.6, Gandhinagar 36.5, Rajkot 36.3, Keshod and Naliya 36, Bhavnagar 35.4, Ahmedabad 34.7, Vadodara 34.6, Porbandar 34.4, Valsad 34 and Surat 33 degrees Celsius. (With PTI)
Rainfall and thunderstorm are expected in parts of Gujarat during the next five days..Ahmedabad: The southwest monsoon arrived in Gujarat on Monday, two days ahead of schedule, bringing heavy showers to Mahisagar district and some other parts of the state, an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.The conditions were favourable for further advancement of the monsoon in some parts of Gujarat, the IMD centre at Ahmedabad said in a bulletin on Monday afternoon.Rainfall and thunderstorm are expected in parts of the state during the next five days, the official said."The southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. Generally, the expected date of the arrival of monsoon in the state is June 15," Manorama Mohanty, head of the meteorological centre here told PTI.The northern limit of monsoon passed through Diu and Surat, she said.Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are expected at a few places in all districts of the Gujarat region, Saurashtra-Kutch and the Union Territory of Diu, Daman & Dadra Nagar Haveli during the next five days, according to the IMD.Parts of Gujarat received showers in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am Monday. Mahisagar in north Gujarat receiving heavy rainfall during the period, the IMD said.As many as 91 talukas received showers, with the maximum 76 mm rainfall recorded in Mahisagar district during this period, as per the data shared by the State Emergency Operation Centre.On Monday, parts of Surat, Kheda, Aravalli, Ahmedabad and Anand district also witnessed showers, the SEOC said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIn Morbi district, three members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed, police said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
AHMEDABAD: The southwest monsoon arrived in Gujarat on Monday, two days ahead of schedule, bringing heavy showers to Mahisagar district and some other parts of the state, an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The conditions were favourable for further advancement of the monsoon in some parts of Gujarat, the IMD centre at Ahmedabad said in a bulletin on Monday afternoon. Rainfall and thunderstorm are expected in parts of the state during the next five days, the official said. "The southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. Generally, the expected date of the arrival of monsoon in the state is June 15," Manorama Mohanty, head of the meteorological centre here told PTI. The northern limit of monsoon passed through Diu and Surat, she said. Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are expected at a few places in all districts of the Gujarat region, Saurashtra-Kutch and the Union Territory of Diu, Daman & Dadra Nagar Haveli during the next five days, according to the IMD. Parts of Gujarat received showers in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am Monday. Mahisagar in north Gujarat receiving heavy rainfall during the period, the IMD said. As many as 91 talukas received showers, with the maximum 76 mm rainfall recorded in Mahisagar district during this period, as per the data shared by the State Emergency Operation Centre. On Monday, parts of Surat, Kheda, Aravalli, Ahmedabad and Anand district also witnessed showers, the SEOC said. In Morbi district, three members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed, police said.
KEEPING ITS official onset date, the Southwest Monsoon covered Mumbai, including the Konkan region and some parts of Madhya Maharashtra on Saturday.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday declared the arrival of southwest monsoons over Mumbai. The onset was declared on Saturday after a night of significant thunder and lightning activity on Friday. Mumbai received the heaviest pre-monsoon showers of the season on Friday with the southern part of the city receiving moderate to heavy rainfall. The IMD observatory at Santacruz observatory recorded 41.3 mm of rain, which is categorised as ‘Rather Heavy’ rainfall, in the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Saturday. While IMD’s Colaba observatory recorded 61.8 mm of rain. After remaining dry since the beginning of the month, the city started receiving pre-monsoon showers on Thursday evening. Localised waterlogging was also recorded on Friday. The pre-monsoon showers also brought down the minimum temperature. The night temperature recorded on Saturday was two degrees below normal at 25.2 degrees Celsius. Weather officials said that monsoons had advanced over most parts of Konkan, including Mumbai and some parts of Madhya Maharashtra. “Conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon into some parts of north Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Konkan, some parts of Gujarat state, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, entire Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, some parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West-central and the northwest Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours,” said IMD. For the next 24 hours, the IMD has forecast a generally cloudy sky with light to moderate spells of rain/thundershower. There is a possibility of occasional intense spells. Last year, the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai was on June 9. In 2019, Mumbai witnessed its most delayed onset in the last 45 years after the southwest monsoon was declared over the city on June 25. In 2020, it was June 14, in 2018, it was June 9 and June 12 in 2017. Independent meteorologists, however, said that weather conditions are not conducive enough to declare monsoon onset. Taking to Twitter, Akshay Deoras, meteorologist and PhD researcher at the Department of Meteorology, the University of Reading, UK, said, “Has the #monsoon reached Mumbai-MMR? The monsoon’s arrival in Mumbai-MMR has been declared today. However, official data shows that monsoon winds are yet to reach…”
The first heavy rainfall of the season in Mumbai is likely on Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert warning of heavy rain at isolated places in Mumbai, Thane and Palghar on Sunday and Monday.On Thursday, the Southwest monsoon covered almost the entire state. “Given active monsoon conditions, rainfall activity over Konkan and the adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra is expected to gradually increase from 18th June, 2022. Widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places is expected over the region during the period,” the IMD forecast stated.According to the seven-day forecast, intermittent light to moderate rain will continue in the city till Sunday. A wet spell began on Wednesday night in Mumbai with a few short but intense spells of rainfall. Several parts of the city experienced rain activity on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, with low-lying areas of Kurla and Sion witnessing localised flooding.In the last 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Thursday, 12 mm rainfall was recorded at the IMDs Santacruz observatory, which represents the entire city. High relative humidity at 92 per cent was recorded on Thursday morning, the agency said, adding that the city also saw above-normal maximum and minimum temperatures at 331.1°C and 26.5 °C respectively. Since June 1, the city has logged 94.3 mm of rainfall, which is 114.1 mm below normal.On Thursday, the Southwest Monsoon advanced further into some more parts of the north Arabian Sea, Gujarat, entire Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada, some parts of south Madhya Pradesh, most parts of Vidarbha, entire Telangana, some parts of south Chhattisgarh and south Odisha, most parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, some more parts of West-central and the northwest Bay of Bengal.With the increase in the rainfall activity along the west coast, the IMD has also issued a warning to fishermen. “Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph (and) gusting to 60 kmph is likely to prevail along and off North Maharashtra coast on June 20. Fishermen are advised not to venture along and off (the) North Maharashtra coast during the above-mentioned period,” the IMD stated.
Residents of most of parts of Maharashtra, including Pune, are in for some relief as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted intense rainfall over the weekend.“The ghat areas of Pune district could receive very heavy rainfall on June 21 and 22,” the IMD Pune officials said.The Southwest monsoon has covered all of Maharashtra six days after its onset over the State. On Wednesday, the Northern Limit of Monsoon passed through Porbandar, Bhavnagar, Khandwa, Gondia, Durg, Bhawanipatna, Kalingapatanam, Balurghar and Supaul after its latest second consecutive day of advance.Last year, the monsoon had covered the state within four days on June 10 after an early onset.However, this time, since the onset last week, rainfall over Maharashtra and Goa has largely remained subdued. Since June 1, Maharashtra recorded 32.5 mm against a normal of 76.2 mm of rains, which is a deficit of 57 per cent (till June 15). Most districts continue to remain dry and are presently either in the “deficient” or “large deficiency” category.This scenario is soon set to change with IMD forecasting enhancement in the rainfall over Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, including Pune, regions from June 19 onwards. “The monsoon rainfall will pick up over the state from Sunday as strong westerly winds from the Arabian Sea are likely to bring moisture over this region. Besides, there is a likely development of an off-shore trough along the west coast, aiding an increase in rainfall activity,” Anupam Kashyapi, the head of weather forecasting division at IMD Pune, said.Marathwada and Vidarbha will come under the influence of the moisture laden winds from the Bay of Bengal and rainfall will pick up from Saturday. Here, the monsoon arrived on Thursday.As on Wednesday, the monsoon had covered more parts of Arabian Sea, Gujarat, entire Maharashtra, some parts of Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, some areas of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha and west-central Bay of Bengal. So far, the monsoon progress has been normal.According to IMD’s latest weather forecast, the conditions are favourable for the further advancement of the monsoon into remaining Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand and sub-Himalayan West Bengal, more parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh by weekend.
RAJKOT: Gir National Park in Gujarat will be closed for four months for the visitors from June 16 on account of monsoon and protected area management initiative by the forest department. The national park and sanctuary is a home of Asiatic lions. Apart from that it’s a habitat of various species of birds and other herbivorous animals. During the last eight months, over five lakh people visited this protected area. The area is spread in 1412 square kilometres and it’s a last home of Asiatic lions. According to the forest department, apart from lion, the forest area is the habitat of leopard, hyena, Chital, Sambhar, blue bull etc and birds like malabar whistling thrush, orange headed ground thrush, paradise flycatcher, black naped flycatcher, Indian pitta etc. The forest department organises safari in a regulated way for the visitors for the sighting of wild animals and birds inside Gir forest area which will remain closed from June 16 to October 15. However, Devaliya Safari park, which is a big enclosure for lion sightings, will remain open for the tourists. Deputy conservator of forest, Gir sanctuary, Mohan Ram said “The Gir jungle trail will remain closed as per the protected area management plan. There are 338 species of birds residing inside this protected area." "The breeding period of these bird species and other wild animals also starts during the monsoon period,” he added. According to Ram, there is a problem of road accessibility during monsoon inside the forest area. That’s also one reason tourists are not allowed inside the protected area.
Rajkot/Ahmedabad: At least seven people died in rain-related incidents across the state on Monday even as the weather department officially announced the arrival of monsoon in Gujarat, two days ahead of the schedule.While four people were struck by lightning, three of a family died after their house collapsed in Morbi district.“The southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. Generally, the expected date of the arrival of monsoon in the state is June 15,” Manorama Mohanty, head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) centre here, said. As many as 91 talukas of the state received rainfall. tnn p 3
Rajkot/Palanpur: Wet weather prevailed over several regions of the state on Sunday with places in south Gujarat receiving up to 55 mm rainfall. While there was no heavy rain anywhere, many parts of Saurashtra, central, north and south Gujarat saw drizzles and occasional sharp showers.“Conditions would continue to become favorable for further advance of monsoon into some more parts of north Arabian Sea and Gujarat,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its bulletin.IMD said heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Dang, Tapi, Narmada, Navsari and Valsad and in the districts of Saurashtra namely Morbi, Jamnagar and Rajkot over the next five days. North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Aravalli and Mehana also got some respite from the long dry spell with showers reported in several talukas.Rainfall was reported in Unjha, Mehsana, Patan, Kadi, Shankheshwar, Vadali, Vijapur and Talod. Several trees got uprooted in Bhiloda taluka due to strong winds.Kalavad in Jamnagar district received around 25mm rainfall in just two hours while Rajkot city also witnessed light rain.
AHMEDABAD: Southwest monsoon advanced to some parts of southern Gujarat on Monday, two days prior to the traditional onset date of June 15. The rainfall on Sunday night and Monday morning gave much-needed respite to the city that has experienced one of the hottest summers in a decade. Several parts of the city recorded drizzle to light rains in the early hours of Monday. At Ambedkar Bridge, several commuters slipped on an oil slick; a video of the same went viral on social media. The city experienced cloudy weather for almost the entire day on Monday and recorded a maximum temperature of 34.7°C, among the lowest temperatures in the past three months. It was also the first day of below-40°C temperature after April 20. At 40°C, Kandla was the hottest town in the state. 'Southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of Arabian Sea, some parts of Gujarat, entire Konkan, most parts of Maharashtra, most parts of Marathwada and Karnataka, some parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, most parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal and some parts of Bihar today,' mentioned the India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin. It added that conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon in some more parts of north Arabian sea and Gujarat state among other parts of country in the next 48 hours. The IMD forecast indicated possibility of light to moderate rains in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad and all districts of Saurashtra on Tuesday. In Morbi district, three members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed, police said.
After heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday, no rainfall has been recorded in the city since Sunday. The onset of the Southwest monsoon over Mumbai was declared on June 11. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has not issued any warning for the city for this week and has forecast only cloudy skies with light to moderate rainfall. According to the seven-day forecast by IMD, rainfall activity is likely to pick up over the weekend.In the 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Monday, the IMD Colaba observatory recorded 2.3 mm of rain while the Santacruz observatory recorded no rain. The total rainfall recorded this season by the IMD Colaba and Santacruz observatory has been 102.5mm and 79.8 respectively.With not much rain activity, the day and night temperatures rose in the city after a brief drop. On Monday, the minimum temperatures recorded by the IMD Colaba and Santacruz observatory were 24.2 degrees and 26.6 degrees. The day temperatures or the maximum temperature rose from 31 degrees to 35 degrees.Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon has covered the entire Konkan region on Monday. “The monsoon advanced to some more parts of the Arabian Sea, some parts of Gujarat state, the entire Konkan, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, most parts of Marathwada and Karnataka, Some parts of Telangana and Rayalaseema, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, most parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, some parts of Bihar,” stated IMD.
AHMEDABAD: Sporadic rainfall was recorded in several parts of the city on Sunday night, bringing the temperature down. The city experienced maximum temperature of 40 degrees celsius, which was almost at par with the normal, whereas minimum temperature at 29.2 degrees was 1.3 degrees higher. The cloudy and humid day gave way to a cooler night, but the Met department officials said that it’s part of pre-monsoon activity and the official arrival of monsoon in southern Gujarat is likely on Monday. Meanwhile, 70 talukas of Gujarat recorded at least 1mm rainfall on Sunday till 8pm with Santrampur in Mahisagar district recording 75mm and Junagadh taluka and city recording 43mm rainfall each. Viramgam near Ahmedabad received 2mm rains. ‘Conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon into some parts of north Arabian sea, remaining parts of Konkan, some parts of Gujarat state, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, entire Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, some parts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West-central & northwest Bay of Bengal during next 24 hours,’ mentioned a forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday. The normal date of monsoon onset in Gujarat is June 15. The Met department officials said that the monsoon is likely to keep the date even as this year the advancement is skewed with several parts of southern peninsula waiting for the arrival of rains. IMD forecast for the next four days has indicated likelihood of rains in all districts of Gujarat – but it’s likely to be light showers or thunderstorm.
Residents of Pune and Mumbai can expect rains for two days on the trot as the Southwest monsoon advanced into the cities on Saturday, bringing in much-needed relief.Moderate rain had lashed parts of Pune on Friday. The IMD has said that the thunderstorm will continue over western Maharashtra during the next two days. As on Saturday, the Northern Limit of Monsoon passed through Dahanu, Pune, Gadak and Bengaluru. The further advance to the remaining parts of Maharashtra, north Arabian sea, remaining parts of Konkan, some parts of Gujarat state, most parts of Madhya Maharashtra, entire Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, some parts of Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, westcentral and northwest Bay of Bengal is expected during the next 48 hours.The monsoon advance, the Met officials said, will improve here onwards. After a slight delay, the monsoon is set to advance further into the north Arabian Sea, Gujarat, some parts of Marathwada, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, most parts of Bay of Bengal, entire Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim during the next 2 to 3 days.Similarly, monsoon will also be reaching Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharakhand and Bihar during the next week.
Parts of Amreli and Bhavnagar districts experienced mild showers even as the state awaits the southwest monsoon after a scorching May. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of light to moderate rainfall across the state this week.According to the district flood control room, thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds were reported from Lathi, Amreli Savarkundla and Rajula talukas of Amreli as well as parts of the adjoining Gariyadhar taluka of Bhavnagar district. The control room added that 46 millimetres or around two inches of rainfall was reported from Lathi taluka in eastern part of Amreli district.Rain was reported from Vanda and nearby villages in Savarkundla taluka as well as in Mota Agariya village in coastal Rajula taluka.“However, there are no reports of any rain-related accident,” an officer of the control room said.Jesar and Vallabhipur talukas of Bhavnagar district also received light showers Tuesday evening.Meanwhile, the IMD has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers in Saurashtra’s Surendranagar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts and north Gujarat region’s Banaskantha and Ahmedabad districts on Wednesday.The rest of the state will continue to experience dry and hot weather, the IMD forecast issued Tuesday said. Generally, the south-west monsoon hits Gujarat coast around mid-June and covers the entire state by the end of June.“As pre-monsoon activity for next 4-5 days, districts of Saurashtra including Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar and southern districts too will receive light rainfall,” said IMD regional director Manorama Mohanty. The normal date of onset of southwest monsoon in Gujarat is June 15. However, the state reported arrival of southwest monsoon in its southern parts of Valsad on June 9 last year, nearly five days earlier.This year, so far, there is no forecast of monsoon onset for at least 3-4 days, said Mohanty.As per the IMD forecast till June 12, “Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in the districts of North Gujarat region namely Banaskantha and Ahmedabad; in the district of Saurashtra namely Surendranagar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavnagar. Light to moderate rain very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Valsad and Navsari.”This is expected to result in a dip in temperatures. On Tuesday, Ahmedabad recorded the highest maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. Other centres with high temperatures were Gandhinagar at 41.6, Surendranagar 40.7, Deesa 40.6, Vadodara 40.2 and Amreli at 40 degrees Clesius.