With Tuesday’s downpour, Mumbai has recorded 69.41 per cent (594 mm) of the average July rainfall (855.7 mm) in just the first five days of the month.After a dry period in June, the city has recorded moderate to heavy rainfall since the start of this month. On three days this month, the city received more than 100 mm rain. In nine hours on Tuesday, the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Santacruz observatory recorded 153.3 mm of rain, categorised as very heavy rainfall.The weather bureau has forecast the current surge in rainfall activity to continue in Mumbai and the entire Konkan region and ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra till the end of this week. Maharashtra is very likely to experience an active rainfall spell this week.“Due to active monsoon conditions, rainfall activity over Konkan and adjoining ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra is expected to increase in the next 4 to 5 days. Widespread rainfall activity with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall is expected over the region in this period. Parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha are also very likely to receive widespread rainfall activity,” stated the forecast.The IMD has issued an orange alert for Mumbai and Thane for July 7-8, indicating extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places, while a red alert has been issued for Palghar (July 8) and Raigad and Ratnagiri till July 8.The IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded total rainfall for the season at 733 mm, which is 13 mm higher than average, while the Colaba conservatory recorded 48 mm surplus rain. In the 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Tuesday, rainfall recorded by the Colaba observatory was 117.4 mm while the Santacruz observatory recorded 124.2 mm rainfall.Dr Jayanta Sarkar, scientist and head of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, said, “The weather conditions currently are very active in the state. The reason is various favourable synoptic situations like a low-pressure area, whose latest location is central parts of Madhya Pradesh (as on Tuesday afternoon), an offshore trough from Gujarat coast to Maharashtra coast and strong westerly winds. We expect widespread rains in the entire state for the next five days and especially scattered places could see heavy to very heavy rain and isolated places could see extremely heavy rain.”
Delhi is expected to receive rains during the upcoming week (July 2-8), the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.Light rainfall is likely on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to IMD, while heavy showers are expected on July 6.The Safdarjung weather station recorded very light rainfall on Friday, around 1.9 mm, a day after the IMD said that the southwest monsoon had reached Delhi. The weather observatory at Aya Nagar recorded the highest amount of rainfall on the day — 14.8 mm.On Saturday, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 34 degree Celsius. It stood at 31.9 degree, five degree below the normal, on Friday. The maximum temperature remained below 35 degree at all weather stations in the city on Friday.The minimum temperature recorded early on Saturday was 26.2 degree Celsius, two degree below normal. At 8.30 am on Saturday, the temperature was 28.4 degree, while the relative humidity was around 92%, and the wind direction was north-northwesterly.Over the next six days, the maximum temperature is likely to range from 32-36 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature could range between 24 and 27 degree.The southwest monsoon is likely to reach the remaining parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat in the next two days, and is hence likely to cover the entire country in the next two days, the IMD said in a bulletin issued on Saturday.Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi improved to reach the ‘satisfactory’ category on Friday. The AQI was 76, down from a 116 the previous day. A forecast issued by the Air Quality Early Warning System on Friday indicates that the AQI is likely to remain in the ‘satisfactory’ to ‘moderate’ categories on Saturday and Sunday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast normal rainfall over the country during July, which is 280.4 mm as per data from 1971 to 2020. “Monthly rainfall for July over the country is most likely to be normal, which is 94 to 106 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA),” the forecast issued on Friday stated.However, Odisha, West Bengal, northeast India, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Vidarbha regions will experience below normal rainfall during this month. Normal to above normal rain is expected over Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, interior Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi and Tripura this month.July rainfall accounts for 35 per cent of the seasonal rainfall and is crucial for sowing and early growing stages of the kharif crops. The rainfall in this month is particularly significant as June ended with an 8 per cent deficit over the country.Presently, an east-west trough runs between northwest Rajasthan and northeast Bay of Bengal, attracting moist winds both from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal over northern India regions. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are likely to receive widespread rains during the next five days. Overall, the monsoon is likely to remain active during the first week to about 10 days of July, bringing widespread rainfall all over the country, including central India, except the northeastern regions.On Friday, the southwest monsoon advanced into Punjab, Haryana and some more parts of Rajasthan. With the availability of favourable conditions, the monsoon is set to cover the entire country during the next two to three days. As of Friday, the northern limit of monsoon passed through Deesa, Chittorgarh, Bikaner and Khajuwala.
The Southwest monsoon reached Delhi on Thursday as the city experienced light showers from early in the morning. The normal onset date of the monsoon in Delhi is June 27, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.Meanwhile, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Chandigarh are also likely to get heavy to very heavy rainfall on Thursday while eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh are likely to get extremely heavy rainfall, according to the IMD. Bihar has been slotted into the IMD’s ‘take action’ category, the agency’s highest, due to the likelihood of heavy rainfall. The bulletin added that parts of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim are also likely to get heavy rainfall on June 30.In Assam, 12 more people died due to the floods, taking toll to 151. A bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority stated that while 11 people died in the floods, one person was killed in a landslide.Officials told news agency PTI that the town of Silchar in the state’s Cachar district has remained underwater for the last 10 days. Around 31.5 lakh people have been affected by the flooding so far, up from 24.92 lakh on the previous day. Brahmaputra, Beki, Kopili, Barak and Kushiyara rivers were flowing above the danger level, reported PTI.At the same time, more rains have been predicted in different parts of India in the upcoming week as a part of the advance of southwest monsoon. While widespread light to moderate rainfall is likely to continue over many parts of western coast, east, central and northeast India, scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is likely over many parts of peninsular India.The dry weather is expected to continue over the rest of the parts of the country.As per their daily bulletin issued on June 30 at 7.30 am, the IMD has predicted rainfall as follows.
The southwest monsoon is likely to hit Delhi between June 30 and July 1, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.The ‘normal’ onset date of the southwest monsoon in Delhi is June 27. Last year, the onset was delayed with the monsoon hitting the city on July 13.Conditions are favourable for the further advance of the monsoon into remaining parts of Bihar, parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, the IMD said on Tuesday.“Conditions would continue to become favourable for further advance of monsoon into remaining parts of the Arabian Sea and Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh, entire Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, some parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, entire Delhi during the subsequent 48 hours (i.e. between June 30 to July 1),” the IMD said.Cloudy skies, light to moderate rain or thundershowers, and gusty winds of 30 to 40 kmph are on the forecast for June 30 in Delhi. Light rain or thundershowers are also on the forecast for July 1, and very light rainfall is likely on July 2.The IMD had declared the onset of the southwest monsoon over Kerala on May 29. After its onset over Kerala, it advances northwards.The northern limit of the southwest monsoon, which is the northernmost limit up to which it has advanced on a given day, passed through Ratlam, Shivpuri, Rewa, and Churk on Tuesday.The possibility of very light rainfall or a drizzle towards the night is on the forecast for Delhi on Tuesday.
The southwest monsoon has not yet reached Delhi, and has missed its ‘normal’ onset date in the city – June 27. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is yet to confirm when the monsoon might reach the national capital.Asked if there were any updates on when the monsoon might hit Delhi, IMD senior scientist R K Jenamani said there were none, but the IMD is monitoring the conditions and an update is likely to come on Tuesday.The onset of the monsoon in the national capital was delayed last year, when the IMD declared that it had reached the city on July 13, two weeks past the ‘normal’ date. In 2020, it hit the city a little earlier, on June 25. The southwest monsoon hit the national capital in the first week of July in 2019, 2017 and 2016 as well.On Monday, the IMD said the southwest monsoon had advanced into most parts of the Arabian Sea and Gujarat on Monday. The IMD has also issued a forecast for when the monsoon might reach other parts of northwest India. “Conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon into remaining parts of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, remaining parts of Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, some more parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during the next three to four days,” the IMD said in a release issued on Monday.Though the monsoon has missed its date, an east-west trough over North India and moisture-laden winds from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea are likely to bring light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers to Delhi on June 29 and 30. With rainfall in the forecast, the maximum temperature could fall to around 35 degrees on June 30. Cloudy skies and light rainfall are also on the forecast for July 1, while very light rainfall is likely on July 2 and 3.The city witnessed another sultry day on Monday, when the maximum temperature was 40.9 degrees Celsius at the Safdarjung weather observatory, four degrees above the normal for this time of the year. Humidity remained high reaching a maximum of 72% over the past 24 hours, going by an IMD bulletin issued Monday evening. The highest maximum temperature recorded on Monday in the city was 42.1 degrees at Najafgarh. There has not been much respite from the heat at night, with the minimum temperature settling at 29.4 degrees early on Monday – two degrees above the normal for this time of the year.
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.
WHILE the entire state of Gujarat is expected to witness rainfall till July 9, parts of South Gujarat and coastal areas of Saurashtra will get extremely heavy showers in the next few days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.“In the coming five days the entire state is expected to receive rainfall. While most of the parts will receive light to moderate rainfall, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall will lash South Gujarat and Saurashtra Kutch, including the coastal districts of Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbamndar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar,” IMD’s regional director Manorama Mohanty has said.The rainfall activity is attributed to a low pressure area over central parts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring regions with the associated cyclonic circulation.The state has recorded 117 mm total rainfall this monsoon season with a deficiency of 22 mm. On the day-wise forecast, Mohanty said, “Today, on July 5, South Gujarat region is expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall in Valsad along with Central Gujarat regions like Chhota Udepur.”She further said Saurahstra will report heavy to very heavy rainfall for four days barring Wednesday with a less rainfall activity. “But from July 9 Suarashtra Kutch is also expected to get very heavy rainfall while coastal districts of Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar are likely to receive extremely heavy showers.”From July 6 to July 8, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected along north Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Mahisagar and Dahod.“On July 8, extremely heavy rainfall is expected in South Gujarat like Valsad, Dang, while other districts might receive heavy to very heavy rainfall,” she said.For the forecast of Ahmedabad district, the regional director stated that South Ahmedabad is expected to receive heavy rainfall in the next five days.Also, the IMD has sounded alert for fishermen against venturing into the sea till July 9 along the Gujarat coast. Due to squally weather winds blowing at a speed of 40-50 kmph, fishermen are advised not to go to the sea off the South Gujarat coast from Mul Dwarka, Veraval, Diu, Jafrdabad, Pipavav, Bhavnagar, Victor, Alang, Bharuch, Dahej, Magdalla and Daman along with North Gujarat coast including Jakhau, Mandvi Kucth, Mundra, Navlakhi, Jamnagar, Salaya, Okha and Porbandar from July 5 to July 9.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rainfall warning across Gujarat till July 8 as the southwest monsoon got active over Gujarat.“Heavy rain is very likely in the districts of Gujarat region, namely Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Tapi, Navsari and Valsad,” the IMD forecast for Monday stated.On Sunday, heavy rainfall was witnessed in more than 100 talukas of southern, Saurashtra and central districts Sunday. Mangrol in Surat recorded the highest rainfall of 38 mm till 8 pm Sunday followed by Songadh in Tapi at 35 mm, Karjan in Vadodara and Khambha in Amreli at 34 mm each, Navsari taluka in Navsari and Mandvi in Surat at 32 mm each, and Netrang in Bharuch 30 mm.During the week, more districts are expected to receive heavy rainfall, the weather department warned. These include Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Dang and Tapi. Heavy rainfall is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad on July 6.The weather department has issued heavy rainfall alerts for more districts of Saurashtra, including Porbandar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath and Surendranagar on July 7 and 8.The widespread rainfall has helped in bringing down the mercury. On Sunday, the highest maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius in the state was recorded at Vallabh Vidyanagar followed by 37.2 degrees Celsius at Kandla Port. Kandla Airport recorded 37 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad recorded 36.8, Bhuj and Naliya 36, Deesa 34.6, Gandhinagar 34.5, Bhavnagar 34.2 and Surendranagar 34 degrees Celsius.
PARTS OF Rajkot district were lashed by heavy rain leading to temporary waterlogging in many areas Friday. Moderate rainfall was reported from Amreli also.Lodhika taluka of Rajkot district received 115 millimetres (mm) of rain during the day Friday, an official release said. Neighbouring Gondal taluka recorded 78 mm. Jetpur taluka logged 50 mm, while Jamkandorna (37 mm) and Kotda Sangani (16mm) talukas of the district also recorded significant precipitation.Meanwhile, Rajkot city got its first spell of good rainfall this monsoon. It started raining in the afternoon and kept raining steadily until late evening. The flood control-room said the city registered 40 mm rainfall during the day. A rath carrying idols of Lord Jagannath and other deities in a procession taken out by ISKCON in Rajkot had to be covered with tarpaulin sheet as it started raining. The rain led to temporary waterlogging in Indrapasthnagar underpass, sections of 150-feet Ring Road, Kothariya Road, etc.Moderate rainfall was reported from Amreli district also. Lilia taluka of Amreli recorded 18 mm rainfall followed by Babra (17 mm), Vadiya (16 mm), Dhari (16 mm), Bagasara (15 mm), Amreli (13 mm), Jafrabad (10 mm) and Savarkundla (16 mm). Rain was reported from coastal Rajula taluka also. Isolated rainfall was reported from Devbhumi Dwarka and other districts of Saurashtra as well.
AHMEDABAD: Cloudy weather kept citizen’s hopes up all day on Wednesday, but rain eluded the city yet again. The maximum temperature rose to 39.4°C while the minimum was 27.5°C, both higher than normal. According to the IMD, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are expected in all parts of the state for the next four days with monsoon covering entire Gujarat.
Heavy rainfall was recorded in South Gujarat and Saurashtra on Sunday, while Ahmedabad also received rain in the evening, in a respite from the heat. As the Southwest monsoon further progressed in Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of heavy rainfall across the state till July 1.“Heavy rain very likely in the districts of South Gujarat, including Valsad, and districts of Saurashtra Porbandar and Junagadh. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind at 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light tomoderate rain very likely in all the districts of Gujarat,” the IMD forecast issued Sunday stated.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTemperature in Ahmedabad was 43.4 degrees Celsius Sunday, the highest in the state. While the city received an average of 9 mm rainfall till Sunday evening, the South west zone alone recorded 33 mm rainfall.Umerpada in Surat recorded the highest of 65 mm rainfall followed by Dharampur in Valsad (45 mm), Fatepura in Dahod (32 mm), Waghai in Dang (31 mm), Chikhli in Navsari (25 mm) and Sanjeli in Dahod (21 mm) till Sunday 6 pm. Till 8 pm, the localised rainfall over South West zone with high velocity winds in the city resulted in an average of 33 mm rainfall recorded between two hours. Jodhpur ward recorded the highest of 42.5 mm rainfall followed by Bopal (33.5 mm). Felling of several trees was also reported due to winds from the South west zone including the stretch from Rajpath Club till Sardar Patel Ring road leading to road blockages and diversions. Also, water logging from these areas was reported till late night.The only other ward to receive heavy rainfall was Usmanpura in the West zone also recorded 31 mm. According to IMD forecast, most parts of Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Botad along with Bharuch, Surat, Navsari are expected to receive heavy rainfall later this week.
AHMEDABAD: On Sunday, the city experienced cloudy weather but no rain. In the periphery, however, Bavla recorded 12mm rainfall, Dhandhuka 5mm, Viramgam and Daskroi 3mm each. According to the state government data, 129 talukas received rains on Sunday with 53 recording 10mm or more. Mangrol near Surat recorded 38mm, followed by 35mm at Songadh near Tapi and 34mm reach in Kambha near Amreli and Karjan near Vadodara. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rain is very likely in Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Porbandar, Junagadh, and Devbhoomi Dwarka on Monday, and Navsari, Valsad, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuc, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad on Tuesday.
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.)
Anirudh Sharma and his team were pleasantly surprised after Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself announced their much-awaited first space mission during his monthly Mann Ki Baat episode Sunday. Founders of ‘Digantara’, a Bengaluru-based space startup, Sharma, Rahul Rawat and Tanveer Ahmed are all geared up to launch their satellite on PSLV C53 on June 30 to understand radiation in space. Incubated out of Society for Innovation and Development (SID), Digantara found its mention by PM Modi in his latest monthly radio programme where he was impressed with their idea to map the space and also track space debris.In a big push to encourage private participation in space programmes, PM Modi had inaugurated Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (INSPACe) in Gujarat, an independent nodal agency under the Department of Space to allow space activities and using of Department of Space-owned facilities by non-government private entities to private players in the sector. As a result, many space startups, including the Bengaluru-based Digantara and Astrome, made their way to the Prime Minister’s list of innovative space startups. Astrome pioneers in offering wireless fibre solutions for 5G and rural broadband. It has also developed GigaSat, a flat panel satellite terminal which supports communication in multiple frequencies and can form multiple simultaneous spot beams.Anirudh Sharma, 23, a graduate of Lovely Professional University in Punjab, launched Digantara (which means space in Sanskrit) in 2018 even before completing his graduation. “During our college days my classmate Rohith and I were to build a satellite structure for a South American company. As a result, to raise the invoice, we had to incorporate Digantara. A deeper research into the problems in space, gave us a new dimension. We realised that the potential of exploring space traffic management and tracking space debris was huge. Our sensors detect space objects with the highest resolution and accuracy enabling it to detect over 18 times more space objects and also offer real-time space weather,” Sharma said.According to Sharma, the junk and debris that emanate from rockets move in hyper velocity clocking a speed 15 times the bullet. “The debris lies in millions in the earth’s orbit and tracking them is vital to mitigate collisions. Just like how air traffic services (ATS) is important to the aviation sector, we want to leverage space technology and make Digantara critical to the traffic management solution in space,” said Sharma who is planning to expand his business to Europe.
Over 130 trees were uprooted and around 10 hoardings fell, damaging over five vehicles, in the thunderstorm that lashed Ahmedabad late Sunday, with most of the damage in Jodhpur and Bodakdev areas, according to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). However, no casualty was reported.AMC city engineer Harpalsinh Zala, said, “Over 130 trees were uprooted in Jodhpur, Bodakdev and SG highway due to heavy winds. Hoardings on the roadside also fell, causing damage. Water-logging was also reported due to leaves of fallen trees getting stuck in the manholes. The blockages were cleared immediately.”The hoardings fell on three cars and two autorickshaws parked on the roadside, damaging the vehicles, he added.India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional director Manorama Mohanty said, “It was a thunderstorm activity that was reported across Gujarat, barring the South Gujarat parts.”As per IMD forecast issued Monday, there are five synoptic situations that are developing over the region, including an offshore trough, low pressure area over the Arabian Sea, cyclonic circulation and a trough from cyclonic circulation over central parts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring areas.Heavy rain with thunderstorm is expected across the state in the coming days as well, she added. The state has recorded seven per cent rainfall.The weather department has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Valsad, Navsari and in Daman, Dadara Nagar Haveli; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Junagadh from June 28 and 30 as well as July 1 and 2.Sunday’s rainfall brought down temperatures across the state, majorly in areas like Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Rajkot and Surendranagar that reported a drop of 5-8 degrees.
Good morning, The Big StoryAs the Maharashtra crisis enters its second week, the battle has moved to the Supreme Court with the rebel camp challenging the decision by Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal to recognise Ajay Choudhary as leader of the Shiv Sena Legislature Party (SSLP) in place of party rebel Eknath Shinde, and the disqualification notices served against him and 15 other rebel MLAs. The Shinde camp has claimed it has 39 of the Sena’s 55 MLAs, more than two-thirds (37) of the Sena legislature party. Several Independent MLAs too are with Shinde. “We are 50-plus in all,” Shinde said.🔴 With the Maha Vikas Aghadi government on shaky ground, NCP president Sharad Pawar convened a meeting of all three coalition partners at his Mumbai residence and reassured senior leaders that they could collectively weather the storm.🔴 Meanwhile, at least 15 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs got Y-plus security cover comprising central forces after Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari flagged reports of their houses and offices being targeted in the state. Only in The ExpressDespite former Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s frequent jibes at billionaire businessmen Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani — he recently referred to the two as the “double A variant” spreading in the Indian economy — the conglomerates managed by them had committed to invest over Rs 1.68 lakh crore in Congress-governed Rajasthan, according to information obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.From the front pageIn a rude wake-up call for the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, SAD (A) chief Simranjit Singh Mann won the Sangrur Lok Sabha bypoll. The seat was vacated by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. The loss meant that AAP has no member in the Lok Sabha. 🔴 However, there was some cheer for the AAP in Delhi, where its candidate Durgesh Pathak won the Rajinder Nagar Assembly seats by over 11,000 votes, defeating BJP’s Rajesh Bhatia.🔴 In Uttar Pradesh, BJP wrested Azamgarh and Rampur — both strongholds of the Samajwadi Party. The two seats were vacated by party chief Akhilesh Yadav and senior leader Azam Khan. 🔴 In Tripura, Chief Minister Manik Saha won the Bardowali seat. The ruling YSRCP won the Atmakur seat in Andhra Pradesh, while the Congress won the Mandar (ST) reserved seat in Jharkhand. A six-member Special Investigation Team will probe retired DGP R B Sreekumar, Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for criminal conspiracy and forgery, and other charges, “as per directions of the Supreme Court”, a top official told The Indian Express. An FIR was lodged against the three in Gujarat after the apex court upheld the clean chit given to the then chief minister Narendra Modi, his council of ministers and bureaucrats on their role in the 2002 riots.Must ReadFollowing a complaint from the Union government, YouTube has removed a new song by deceased Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, from its platform in India. The song, SYL, is available in other countries, and raises multiple issues, including — as its name suggests — the under-construction Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal that has been a bone of contention between Punjab and Haryana for the past four decade.At an Idea Exchange, Chess legend Vishwanathan Anand speaks about keeping together as a chess player, his upcoming tournaments and how he quietly hit back at Anatoly Karpov’s casual snide of the Indian being too nice to win – by winning. A lot.Since February 23, the day before Russia invaded Ukraine, the European Union’s Council has adopted six rounds of sanctions to “impose clear economic and political costs” on the government of President Vladimir Putin, and to “cripple the Kremlin’s ability to finance the war”. We take a look at how the sanctions have fared since then and the role India and China played.And Finally…“A generation…of time has gone by and Madhya Pradesh has won the Ranji Trophy for the first time now. It is the moment of a lifetime for me,” the state team captain Aditya Shrivastava said at the post-match presentation of the Ranji Trophy final. He also poke about the dedication of his unit during preparation and the personal “sacrifices” they had made under the coach, who is known as a hard taskmaster.Delhi Confidential: Yashwant Sinha, the joint opposition candidate for the Presidential elections, will file his nomination papers on Monday. Sinha is planning to visit as many state capitals as possible as part of his campaign tour. Incidentally, Sinha is said to have reached out to BJP veteran L K Advani for a meeting with him to seek his blessings.In this episode of the ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss the arrest of activist Teesta Setalvad and her involvement in the Gujarat riots case. We also talk about a son of a daily wage labourer from Karnataka winning a gold medal in wrestling, and Nord VPN removing its servers from India.Until tomorrow,Leela Prasad and Sonal Gupta
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.
Gujarat Weather Update: As many as 57 taluks in Gujarat recorded some rainfall. (Representational)Bhavnagar: Two members of a family were killed and one person was injured in a lightning strike in Moti Jagdhar village in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district on Sunday amid rain and thunder in many parts of the state.Bhupati Mavji (25) and his nephew Ravi (10) were killed after lightning struck them in the afternoon when they were returning after completing a job under the MGNREGA scheme in Moti Jagdhar village, a Mahuva police station official said."A woman, who was seriously injured in the incident, was shifted to a hospital in Mahuva for treatment," he added.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAs many as 57 taluks in Gujarat recorded some rainfall, with Mahuva in Bhavnagar receiving 15 mm rainfall between 10 am and 12 noon on Sunday, as per the State Emergency Operation Centre.The meteorological department has forecast light to moderate rainfall with heavy rainfall in isolated places in several districts of the state over the next five days.
MATING OF greater flamingos has been recorded in Porbandar with visual evidence but senior birdwatchers say the mating may not necessarily lead to the birds nesting in the wetlands of the coastal district. The development comes around four decades after the wader species, which is the state bird of Gujarat, had nested in Porbandar.Mahendra Tank, a birdwatcher from Kutch and fellow birder Manoj Tank witnessed a pair of greater flamingos mating at Chhaya Rann, a wetland near the Saurashtra Chemicals Limited (SCL) soda ash plant in Porbandar city on June 12 evening. Not only that, Mahendra managed to record the event in his camera.“We were in Porbandar to attend the Pink Celebration organised by the Mokar Sagar Wetland Conservation Committee (SWCC). After the event got over on Sunday, we decided to visit Chhaya Rann. While observing a flock of around 400 greater flamingos and an equal number of lesser flamingos, I noted that greater flamingos were making courtship displays. I was recording the flocks on my camera when I saw a pair mating,” 54-year-old Mahendra, who has been birdwatching for the past 10 years, said.Mahendra, who took voluntary retirement from BSNL’s marketing department said that he was aware that courtship display may lead to mating attempts.“I had seen a pair of lesser flamingos mating near Gandhidham in Kutch in 2019 and therefore, I should say I was aware while in Chhaya Rann that something similar may happen,” Mahendra, who has studied till Class X, further said. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨This is for the first time that greater flamingo mating has been recorded with visual evidence in Porbandar, the district with wetlands spread over around 200 square kilometres and which host huge flocks of flamingos every year. “Porbandar is not a nesting site of flamingos and the nearest record of greater flamingo mating was reported from Jamnagar in 2009. So, this is quite a rare event,” Dhaval Vargiya, president of MWCC said.MWCC is a group of birdwatchers working for conservation of wetlands in Porbandar district and Vargiya had himself recorded mating of lesser flamingos in Porbandar three years ago. MWCC organises Pink Celebration, a birdwatching event, every year to afford birders from across the country an opportunity to watch flamingos in their breeding plumage and raise public awareness about flamingos and other waterfowls of Porbandar. This year, 45 birders from Gujarat and Maharashtra participated in the event.However, 54-year-old Manoj, who works as an accounts executive with a chemical company in Kutch, only came to know about it only when Mahendra told him. “I was talking to a friend on the phone when this happened. But I was excited when Mahendra showed me what he had recorded on his camera,” said Manoj.Great Rann of Kutch (GRK) is the only known breeding site of greater flamingos in Gujarat while lesser flamingos breed in GRK as well as in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK). Bharat Jethva, member of the Flamingo Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says that flaming breeding attempts have been recorded in Nal Sarovar also. “While monsoon is the breeding season of flamingos, mating always may not lead to nesting. It could be fake mating also as the weather will trigger release of hormones,” says Jethva.Prof Indra Gadhvi and Prof Bhavbhuti Parasharya had recorded successful breeding of Greater flamingos in saltpans near Bhavnagar city in 2018.“Flamingo nesting was recorded in 1982-83 in the present-day Porbandar Bird Sanctuary area when that wetland and Chhaya Rann was one compact tract of wetland.In fact, that breeding attempt by greater flamingos was one of the reasons why the area was declared a sanctuary in 1988,” Uday Vora, a retired IFS officer and honourary secretary of the Bird Conservation Society of Gujarat said.
AHMEDABAD: After 104 days, Gujarat crossed the 1,000 active Covid cases mark at 1,102 on Thursday. It was also the 110-day high daily tally at 228 for Gujarat and 113-day high daily tally at 113 for Ahmedabad city. After more than two months, number of patients on ventilator has increased to three. Nearly half active cases in Gujarat are from Ahmedabad. "The cascading effect after the initial spike has continued. It's a bit early to say whether it's fourth wave - but what we know is, the strain has remained the same (Omicron)," said a state health department official. Covid cases in the city crossed the 100 mark on Thursday with 114 new cases, recording a 113-day high daily tally. For Gujarat, too, it was 110-day high at 228. With the discharge of 62 patients, the active cases in Ahmedabad reached 604. The active cases crossed 1,000 in Gujarat at 1,102 after 104 days. There were 26 new cases in Vadodara city, 20 in Surat city, 12 in Rajkot city, seven in Jamnagar city, six in Surat city, five in Navsari, and four each in Gandhinagar city, and Bharuch, Gandhinagar, and Vadodara districts among others. Ahmedabad district also recorded two new cases. With the update, the number of districts with zero active cases shrunk to nine. After over two months, three active patients were reported on ventilators. Dr Pragnesh Vachharajani, a city-based general physician, said that they have started recording Covid cases, especially among the working population. “Due to the change in weather, many patients initially report symptoms such as mild fever, fatigue and blocked nose. We recommend them to take a Covid test to eliminate chances of infection. But in a majority of the cases, the symptoms are quite mild,” he said. The actual cases could be higher, said Dr Dhiren Mehta, a city-based general physician. “Many don’t want to take the tests to confirm their Covid status, fearing that they would have to undergo seven-day isolation and scrutiny by the civic authorities. Outstation travel and increased people movement during the vacation period could be some of the reasons for a higher number of cases,” he said, adding that though there was no need to panic since the symptoms are mild, “one must remain cautious”. In the past 24 hours, Gujarat vaccinated 85,738 individuals; these include booster doses to 42,003 people and second doses to 13,515 people in the 12-14 age group. In all, the state has administered 11.07 crore doses so far.
Ahmedabad: Covid cases in the city crossed the 100 mark on Thursday with 114 new cases, recording a 113-day high daily tally. For Gujarat, too, it was 110-day high at 228. With the discharge of 62 patients, the active cases in Ahmedabad reached 604. The active cases crossed 1,000 in Gujarat at 1,102 after 104 days. There were 26 new cases in Vadodara city, 20 in Surat city, 12 in Rajkot city, seven in Jamnagar city, six in Surat city, five in Navsari, and four each in Gandhinagar city, and Bharuch, Gandhinagar, and Vadodara districts among others. Ahmedabad district also recorded two new cases. With the update, the number of districts with zero active cases shrunk to nine. After over two months, three active patients were reported on ventilators.Dr Pragnesh Vachharajani, a city-based general physician, said that they have started recording Covid cases, especially among the working population. “Due to the change in weather, many patients initially report symptoms such as mild fever, fatigue and blocked nose. We recommend them to take a Covid test to eliminate chances of infection. But in a majority of the cases, the symptoms are quite mild,” he said. The actual cases could be higher, said Dr Dhiren Mehta, a city-based general physician. “Many don’t want to take the tests to confirm their Covid status, fearing that they would have to undergo seven-day isolation and scrutiny by the civic authorities. Outstation travel and increased people movement during the vacation period could be some of the reasons for a higher number of cases,” he said, adding that though there was no need to panic since the symptoms are mild, “one must remain cautious”. In the past 24 hours, Gujarat vaccinated 85,738 individuals; these include booster doses to 42,003 people and second doses to 13,515 people in the 12-14 age group. In all, the state has administered 11.07 crore doses so far.
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/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.
The maximum temperature is likely to remain above normal and settle at around 43 degrees Celsius in Delhi on Saturday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast.Partly cloudy skies and the possibility of thunder are also on the forecast, with a western disturbance affecting parts of northwest India.The maximum temperature is set to remain above 40 degrees till June 16, the forecast indicates. However, with thundershowers and light rainfall on the cards for June 17, the temperature could drop to around 39 degrees Celsius, offering respite from above normal maximum temperatures in the city.Heatwave conditions are on the forecast for isolated parts of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan on Saturday.The minimum temperature, which is indicative of the temperature at night, was 29.7 degrees Celsius over the past 24 hours. This is two degrees above the normal for this time of the year. The minimum temperature is also likely to be above normal for the next six days and could settle at around 30 or 31 degrees Celsius.🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨The long period average for the maximum temperature from June 11 to 14 is 39.6 degrees, while it is 28 degrees Celsius for the minimum temperature.On Friday, the maximum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung weather observatory was 43.5 degrees Celsius, four degrees above the normal. The highest maximum temperature recorded in the city on the day was at Najafgarh – 46.2 degrees Celsius. The weather stations at Mungeshpur and the CWG Sports Complex both recorded maximum temperatures of 45.9 degrees Celsius.Delhi recorded this month’s third ‘very poor’ air quality day on Friday, when the AQI was 303. The AQI had been ‘very poor’ (346) on June 8 and June 1 (322) as well. According to the Air Quality Early Warning System, “long range transported dust” has been impacting the air quality over the NCR, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Like hurricanes and cyclones, heat waves shall soon be named — to call attention to their significance, alert people to dangerous temperatures and prod public officials into action. Seville, Spain will become the first city to start naming severe heat waves.Five other cities — Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; Kansas City, Missouri; and Athens — have also designed a similar initiative, using weather data and public health criteria to categorise heat waves. They will use a three-category system, tailored to the particular climate of each city.Each participating city “has a different set of formulas” that will determine what the categories look like, based in part on their urban structure,” Larry Kalkstein, Arsht-Rock’s chief heat science adviser said. Arsht-Rock and its two-year-old Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance are pushing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization to make naming and ranking of heat waves a norm.Meanwhile, California could soon become the first US state to set up a system for early warning and “ranking” of extreme heat events.In India, while we do not name heatwaves, we have names for cyclones.In 2000, a group of nations called WMO/ESCAP (World Meteorological Organisation/United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific), which comprised Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand, decided to start naming cyclones in the region. After each country sent in suggestions, the WMO/ESCAP Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) finalised the list.With a name, it is easy to identify individual cyclones, create awareness about its development, rapidly disseminate warnings to increase community preparedness and remove confusion where there are multiple cyclonic systems over a region.Heatwaves, like cyclones, need more attention to help alleviate their disastrous effects as rising global temperatures worsen the situation this year.This year, March and April saw early and unforeseen heat across India. March was the warmest and April was the fourth-warmest in 122 years. Though heatwave over large parts of north and central India is an annual phenomenon in May, the maximum temperatures in areas of Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir have been unusually high. Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Delhi, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana are some of the states that witnessed heatwave conditions.Western disturbances lacked sufficient moisture this year, keeping the temperature high. In the absence of cloud cover, temperatures can soar with the solar radiation, while dry westerly winds do not bring any moisture.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report last year also stated that extremes of hot weather and heatwaves have become more frequent and more intense since the 1950s. The report identified “human-induced climate change” as the “main driver” of these changes.
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.
GANDHINAGAR: The much-publicised seaplane service between the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya in Narmada district has run into rough weather yet again with the government finding no takers to run the service. Factors like high costs and lack of demand on the route are keeping operators away from evincing any interest in the project. Having taken up the exercise in February this year of starting the project afresh, the Gujarat government has put the decision to resume the service on hold. No private operator is willing to run the seaplane, citing reasons of lack of demand and high operational costs. Launched with much fanfare in October 2020, the seaplane service has been closed since April 2021. Even during the period between October 2020 and April 2021, the service had remained suspended because of various operational issues. During its short period of operation, the 19-seater aircraft had ferried over 2,000 passengers between Kevadiya and Ahmedabad. Sources in the state government said that the inability of the project to resume will also have a bearing on plans to connect the Sabarmati riverfront to Dharoi dam in north Gujarat through a seaplane service. In reply to a question in the recently concluded budget session of the assembly, the state government said that Rs 7.70 crore has been spent on starting the seaplane service between Ahmedabad and Kevadiya. Sources said that three private players had shown interest when the state government sought bids to resume the service. However, none of these three players are now willing to pursue the matter "because of high operational costs and lack of adequate demand on the route." The project was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2020 to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the PM took the inaugural flight between Ahmedabad and Kevadiya as well. However, the project soon suffered setbacks and has been non-operational since April 2021.
Kathmandu: A surgeon couple from Gujarat scripted history on Friday by becoming the first Indian doctor couple to climb Mount Everest, while another Indian climber conquered the world's fourth-highest peak without using supplemental oxygen, Nepal's media reported on Saturday.Dr Hemant Lalitchandra Leuva and his wife Dr Surbhiben Hemant Leuva stood atop the 8,849-meter (29,032-foot) summit at around 8:30 am on Friday, becoming the first Indian doctor couple to climb the world's highest peak, said Rishi Bhandari, Managing Director at Satori Adventure.Hemant is a professor of surgery at NHL Municipal Medical College and his wife works as chief medical officer with Gujarat Vidyapith. The couple, serving at different health facilities in Ahmedabad, made it to the top of Mt Everest with the message of saving the environment, The Himalayan Times reported.Skalzang Rigzin, a climber from Ladakh, made it to the top of Mt Lhotse (8,516m) on Friday morning, according to Babu Sherpa, Managing Director at Peak Promotion Pvt Ltd, the newspaper said in a separate report.Rigzin, 41, is the first Indian climber to have reached Mt Annapurna without using supplemental oxygen. He climbed Mt Annapurna on April 28."Rigzin completed his second 8000er in 16 days without using bottled oxygen support," Sherpa said.Baljeet Kaur, a 27-year-old Indian woman climber from Himachal Pradesh, set a record for conquering two mountain peaks in Nepal above 8,000 metres within two weeks on Thursday.Kaur scaled Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m) on Thursday morning at 4:20 (local time). She had climbed Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m) on April 28.Last week, Priyanka Mohite from Maharashtra became the first Indian woman to have scaled five peaks, all above 8,000 metres.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHundreds of foreign climbers and Sherpa guides will attempt to climb Mt. Everest in May when weather conditions in the Himalayan peaks are most favourable for climbing.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
Four members of the Patel family had died of extreme conditions near US-Canada border. (File)Ahmedabad: The bodies of four members of a family from Gujarat's Gandhinagar district who died of the extreme cold near the Canada-US border would not be brought back to India, their relatives said on Friday.The Canadian authorities, who suspected it to be a case of "human smuggling", identified the dead persons as Jagdish Patel (39), his wife Vaishaliben (37), daughter Vihangi (11) and son Dharmik (3)."It is now confirmed that the family belonged to Dingucha village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar. The Indian embassy in Canada is in touch with their family members here for the next course of action," said Additional Director General of Police (CID-Crime) Anil Pratham.Following the confirmation of identity, relatives and some local women gathered at the Patel family's ancestral house at Dingucha to mourn the deaths on Friday.Villagers told reporters that other members of the family had shifted to Kalol town some time back.Jaswant Patel, a cousin of Jagdish Patel, said they had decided not to bring the bodies back to India."The entire family is in deep shock...As of now, we all have decided not to bring the bodies here for cremation. Last rites will be conducted in Canada itself," he said.Last week, Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia had directed the anti-human trafficking unit of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to probe the role of local agents in sending the family to Canada.Additional DGP Pratham said he was waiting for information from the Indian embassy in Canada to move ahead with the investigation."We can start our investigation only after knowing how many people were actually sent illegally and who helped them," DGP Pratham told reporters.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"If people have traveled there, the embassy will have their names and addresses. We can visit their villages and verify if people actually traveled to Canada, for what reason, and how much they paid the agents," he added.As per the Canadian authorities, the Patel family arrived in Toronto on January 12, 2022. From there they made their way to Manitoba and eventually to Emerson around January 18, a day before they tragically died near the border due to exposure to extreme weather conditions.
The family died from exposure to extreme cold weather along the US-Canada border(Representational)Ahmedabad: Following reports of a family of four from Gujarat freezing to death while attempting to cross the US-Canada border illegally a few days ago, the state police have asked its Crime Investigation Department (CID) to separately probe if agents were running any illegal immigration racket, said a top official on Monday.While the entire case is being investigated by the authorities of the United States and Canada, the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the state CID-Crime has been given the task to unearth the network of agents active in Gujarat, said Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia."As of now, the Gujarat police is not in the picture in the overall investigation. However, we have asked the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit to look into this issue. We know that a majority who migrate to other countries from here usually take the legal route. We will take action against agents if we find their involvement (in illegal immigration racket)," said Mr Bhatia.He said as of now it was not clear whether the victims travelled to Canada illegally or after obtaining legal tourist visa."Since the family of four have died, we do not know whether they travelled to Canada illegally or through legal tourist visa. The AHTU will also inquire into this aspect," the DGP said.As per the reports, the deceased - a couple and their two children - belonged to Dingucha village under Kalol taluka in Gandhinagar district.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThey died from exposure to extreme cold weather along the US-Canada border in what the authorities of those countries believe was a failed crossing attempt during a freezing blizzard.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
A complaint filed over the incident had said those believed to be in the same group spoke Gujarati.Ahmedabad: Reports of a family of four freezing to death while attempting to cross the US-Canada border has triggered concern in a village in Gujarat's Gandhinagar district after a resident said he was unable to establish contact with his relatives who recently left for Canada.The family in Dingucha village was anxious over reports of the four Indians, including a baby, believed to be Gujaratis, dying from exposure to extreme cold weather along the US-Canada border in what authorities of those countries believe was a failed crossing attempt during a freezing blizzard.Gandhinagar Collector Kuldeep Arya told news agency PTI he has learnt about a family from Dingucha village going to Canada, but has not received any information regarding those killed, or if they belonging to this village.There has been no official communication from either the Ministry of External Affairs or Union Home Ministry over this either, Mr Arya added.A cousin of one Jagdish Patel, who recently left for Canada along with his wife and two children, said the family in Gujarat's Kalol taluka is worried as they remain out of contact at present."We are extremely worried after coming across news reports of four members of a family dying while attempting to cross the US-Canada border. My cousin recently left for Canada with his wife and two children, and we have not been able to talk to them since the last three-four days," Jaswant Patel told reporters.He said the Central government must give details about the victims.Meanwhile, expressing grief over the report of the death of the family, former state deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said that lack of opportunities in India make people migrate to the US, Canada and Australia in large numbers."Why do people go to the US, Canada and Australia? Because there is a lack of opportunity here. They don't find jobs despite working hard. This is why they spend huge amounts of money and take a lot of risk to migrate to the US," Mr Patel said, while addressing a gathering at an event of the Patidar community.He said once Gujaratis reach the US, they do not need to worry because of the presence of a large number of people from the state there, but "their main concern is to the cross the border".The senior BJP leader claimed the victims were members of the Patidar community and questioned as to how such a "tragic incident" occurred."Here there is lack of opportunity, the future is not bright. Despite working and studying hard, people do not get proper position," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comA family of four Indian nationals were found frozen to death just inside the Canadian side of the International border with the US as they reportedly attempted to cross over illegally this week.A complaint filed over the incident said those believed to be in the same group spoke Gujarati and most had limited knowledge of English.