Gulab after-effects may lead to cyclone on western coast, IMD asks fishermen not to venture into sea

| Updated: September 30, 2021 7:17 am

After wreaking havoc in parts of East and Central India in the form of extremely heavy downpours and damaging winds, cyclonic storms are likely to hit South Gujarat. India Meteorological Department (IMD) asked fishermen not to venture into the Arabian Sea off the State and suggested total suspension of fishing activities. It also asked fishermen who were out in the sea to return to the coast. 

Several parts of South Gujarat and Saurashtra region received heavy rainfall on September 28 and 29, and IMD predicted more widespread showers in the State in the next two days. The latest forecast that places in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Jamnagar districts of Saurashtra, as well as Anand, Bharuch, among others, likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall. 

This remnant’s presence is sure to thoroughly drench the west Indian states, with Gujarat likely to face the brunt of its impact. The IMD has accordingly placed a red warning over the former for the next 24 hours, urging people to ‘take action’ so as to keep themselves safe from extreme conditions.

Gujarat has so far received 90% of its average annual rainfall, the state’s Special Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said. In the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. on Sept. 29, Surat’s Umarpada taluka received 218 mm rainfall and Palsana got 192 mm rain.

Several parts of Dangs, Valsad, Narmada, Ahmedabad, Anand, Tapi and other districts also received very heavy showers on Sept. 28, the SEOC said. In six hours since 6 a.m. on Sept. 29, heavy rainfall was recorded in parts of Bharuch and Navsari districts in south Gujarat, and Amreli and Bhavnagar in Saurashtra, as per the SEOC data.

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