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Heavy rain batters south Gujarat, more predicted
Valsad/Ahmedabad: Heavy rains pounded parts of south Gujarat on Sunday, throwing normal life out of gear and causing waterlogging at a number of places in Valsad, Vapi and Navsari.
“A cyclonic circulation lies over the south Gujarat region and neighbourhood at 2.1 km above the mean sea level,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement, and predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region until Tuesday morning.
It also asked fishermen not to venture into the Arabian Sea until Wednesday.
Low-lying areas in Vapi and Umargam in Valsad district were flooded, with underpasses and roads overflowing, affecting traffic movement. Several markets and residential areas were also inundated in Valsad and Vapi.
Besides, Gandevi, Khergam and Chikhli talukas in Navsari district and Kamrej and Bardoli in Surat district in tw he south Gujarat also received heavy rainfall.
According to the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), Vapi taluka in Valsad district received 226mm rainfall in six hours from 6 am, while Umargam received 232mm rainfall during the period.
The Valsad taluka received 143mm rainfall and Jalalpore got 146mm rainfall during the period, officials of the SEOC said.
Further, the Navsari taluka got 120mm rainfall, Gandevi in Navsari received 119mm rain, while Kamrej in Surat district got 118mm rainfall during the period.
Valsad Additional Collector NA Rajput said that Umargam, Valsad and Vapi talukas of the district received very heavy rainfall since morning.
“Our teams are posted in the field in low-lying areas. The rainfall has stopped now and water has started receding in many areas. Fire brigade teams are also deployed at strategic locations to help the affected people as and when required,” he said.
According to the IMD, Gujarat has so far recorded a rainfall deficit of 36%. As of Saturday, the state has received 21.69% of its annual average rainfall this monsoon, it said.
Out of the state’s 33 districts, only five have received normal rainfall so far, while 26 have received deficient rainfall and two have recorded a “large deficiency”, the IMD said.
In a separate release, the IMD asked fishermen not to venture out into the Arabian Sea along the north and south Gujarat coasts until July 21, due to “active monsoon conditions” that create squally weather conditions, with wind speed gust likely to reach 60 kmph, even if temporarily.