Gujrat received it’s highest rainfall since 2015, barely two weeks into the season this year. In the last five days alone, the rainfall received has gone from 235.44 mm as on July 9 to 433.35 mm as on July 14. It means that the share of rainfall received against the average rainfall has increased from 27.69 per cent to 50.98 per cent.
Gujarat received on 7.5 per cent rainfall till June 30, with whole month of June remaining mostly dry, despite the southwest monsoon setting on June 13, two days prior to its scheduled arrival.
On the possible reasons for this excess rainfall, Mohanty added, “Two-three consecutive systems are active over both-Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea-because of which Gujarat is getting good rainfall.” India Meteorological Department regional director Manorama Mohanty has informed. It is predicted that there will be excess rainfall in the month of July, she said.
The State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) maintains the data of rainfall. As per their data, Kutch received 98 per cent (446 mm) of the season’s average rainfall whereas North Gujarat has recorded the lowest of 27 per cent (197.71 mm) total rainfall this monsoon season.
South Gujarat recorded the highest rainfall receipt of 64.36 per cent (949.87 mm) and Saurashtra, 51.18 per cent (366.79 mm). East central received 41.10 per cent (331.13 mm).
However, in Gandhinagar and Dahod, the deficit is 34 and 27 per cent, respectively. Gujarat is expected to continue receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall till July 17, IMD forecasts.
Red alert for districts of Surat, Tapi, Dang, Navsari and Valsad in the south and Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath and Junagadh in the coastal areas of Saurashtra is issued by the department till Friday morning with Amreli and Porbandar along with Bharuch, Narmada, Chhota Udepur and Vadodara flagged under orange alert.