The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall for Gujarat till August 16. On Wednesday the IMD also issued a red alert for parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra region. It has warned of light to moderate rainfall in most parts of the state during the said period.
Several parts of Gujarat including south and central Gujarat reported rains on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. A red alert has been particularly issued for Navsari, Valsad, Dwarka and Jamnagar as well as Union Territory of Daman and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
Fishermen have also been advised not to venture into the sea till August 16.
What is causing the rain in Gujarat
IMD said the formation of a low-pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbouring areas will mean good and sometimes heavy rainfall for the state till the next five days.
Light to moderate rains are likely at most places in Gujarat, with heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places, and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions till August 16, it said.
Other weather forecasters said a cyclonic circulation over Pakistan and adjoining west Rajasthan could move westward and heavy to extremely heavy rain is possible over isolated places of Gujarat from Thursday to Sunday.
How much rainfall has Gujarat received
162 talukas across almost all districts of the state reported rain from 6 am to 12 pm on Thursday. The highest rainfall so far has been recorded in Wadhvan and Lakhtar in Surendranagar. The two talukas have received 71mm (Wadhvan) and 68 mm (Lakhtar) in the six hours since 6 am Thursday. In Ahmedabad, Dholera has received the highest rainfall on Thursday so far recording 25mm of rainfall.
In the last 24 hours, 234 of 252 talukas recorded rains in the state with the highest being reported from Mandvi in Surat. Mandvi reported 208mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours followed by Songadh in Tapi that recorded 190mm of rainfall.
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