The India Meteorological Department on July 10th forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy showers during the next five days in south Gujarat’s districts of Dang, Navsari and Valsad.
Perpetual downpours over the past few days in several regions of Kutch have led to a heavy influx of water. Rising water levels lead to flood-like situation in Mandvi & Maska area in Kutch. In Gujarat, copious rains and floods have caused mayhem in Jamnagar and a school bus was also hit by the floods. NDRF has dropped its teams to rescue the affected people.
Heavy rains hit many parts of south Gujarat, leading to a rise in the water level of some rivers which caused inundation in various low-lying areas, following which over 700 people were shifted to safer places. There was flooding in some low-lying areas of Valsad after a rise in the Orsang river level. Authorities in Navsari district were also on alert as the Kaveri and Ambika rivers there were flowing above the danger mark. The average rainfall recorded was 114.3 millimeters, as per the PTI report. Ahmedabad has received 30 per cent of the season’s rainfall in the last three days.
Earlier in July, one person and 90 animals were killed after heavy rain lashed Borsad taluka of Anand district, the state government said. A team of NDRF was sent for rescue and relief operations after the region received 12 inch rainfall in the last 24 hours. Due to perpetual rain, there has been no electricity supply in the region.
The local administration has started removing the trees that fell on the roads due to heavy downpours. Chief Minister Patel has directed his officials to start the process of disseminating cash-doles to those affected in the flooding. He also asked the administration to undertake a preliminary survey of the losses.
Respective administrations are on high alert as many of the rivers are flowing near the danger mark. A warmer Arabian Sea is drawing more moisture onto land and blending with the low-pressure systems to produce extensive rainfall events which have increased from two per year to six per year in the last few decades.
Rising temperatures are driving the river overflows, floods and landslides, the regions not only extract rain from moist winds but also blend with land-use changes to convert rainfall into floods and landslides. The low-level jet or the southwesterly winds over the Arabian Sea have floated northward over the last few decades and their variability at active/break timescales has strengthened. This has lessened the total rainfall over Kerala and increased the rainfall over the northern reaches of the Western Ghats into Gujarat. Whether the rainfall has increased or decreased in a particular region, temperatures have turned hotter everywhere and the warmer atmosphere is a gasping atmosphere demanding more moisture. The India Meteorological Department continues to offer early cautions that have reduced the loss of life due to floods.