After a small hiatus in the rainfall, torrential rain is to return with a bang over the state of Gujarat in the next four days. The weather may get stormy over the weekend, for which the met department has issued red alerts over some districts. Fairly widespread to widespread rains with isolated heavy falls, thunderstorms and lightning are expected for Monday (24th July )says The Indian Meteorological Department.
But, the rains are going to be their heaviest at the weekend. It is predicted that the Gujarat subdivision will see extremely heavy downpours on the weekend, whereas Saurashtra- Kutch will also receive torrential rain on Sunday (July 24)
Seeing such forecasts, a yellow watch has been issued from Saturday to Monday by the IMD’s regional meeting centre in Gujarat over all districts across the state, including Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.
Some districts which are prone to more intense weather have been placed on an orange alert. Those districts include :
Sunday, July 24: Orange alerts over Kachchh, Aravalli, Banaskantha, Mahesana, Morbi, Patan, Sabar Kantha, Surendranagar
Monday, July 25: Red warning (‘take action’ to keep safe) over Kachchh; Orange alerts across Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Mahesana, Morbi, Patan, Sabar Kantha, Surendranagar
The alerted areas are prone to rough conditions such as localised flooding and landslides, waterlogging in low-lying areas, closure of underpasses, disruption of train and traffic movement, and damage to kutcha roads and vulnerable structures.
It is advised that the citizens of Gujarat avoid the outdoors if possible for the next three days. But, if there is work or situations that are unavoidable, then they must check the traffic congestion in advance, and avoid areas that have a tendency to flood.
Bhupendra Patel has instructed all concerned administrations to be prepared for Sunday, just in case any repercussions of the rain follow.
The torrential rain is said to be caused because of the combination of a monsoon trough gradually shifting southwards over the weekend and the presence of a western disturbance as a cyclonic circulation over Afghanistan and adjoining Pakistan, says the IMD.
Around 70 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents since July 7. 1566 individuals have been rescued from flood-affected areas. Above 50,000 people have been relocated.
July has been really rainy for Gujarat. The total amount of rainfall recorded for Gujarat has been 410.6 mm, which is a huge 146% higher than its average for the period from July 1-21 , which stands at 166.9 mm.