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Heavy rainfall kills 81 in Gujarat; creates flood-like situation

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Ahmedabad: “At least 81 people have died in Gujarat over the past four days in the heavy rainfall, which has created flood-like situation in many areas of the state”, officials said on Friday.

“Amreli district is the worst hit, with 33 deaths reported in the past 48 hours,” an official at the Gujarat Disaster Management Authority in Gandhi Nagar told IANS.

The meteorological centre in Ahmedabad, on Friday, has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in the coming days.

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“The southwest monsoon has covered the entire Gujarat. Monsoon is active over Gujarat region and vigorous over Saurashtra,” an official at the Ahmedabad meteorological centre told IANS. “Floods too cannot be ruled out at the moment,” he added.

Three people died in Bhavnagar district and five each in Rajkot and Bharuch districts, lost their lives in the heavy rainfall.

The Gujarat government has announced a compensation of Rs.4 lakh each to the families of those who have perished in the rain and floods.

“We have decided to give a compensation of Rs.4 lakh each to families of all the deceased. In addition, we have also decided to give cash doles for the next ten days to people in affected areas,” Gujarat Health Minister Nitin Patel announced on his official Twitter account.

 

(IANS)

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Kerala Welcomes South-West Monsoon

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) pointed out that widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past three-four days.

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The normal monsoon onset over Kerala is June 1 and since 2005,
One of the major indicators signalling the onset is rainfall, which is monitored closely at 14 monitoring stations in Kerala from May 25. Pixabay

The much-awaited southwest monsoon set in over Kerala on Tuesday – three days ahead of schedule – said the IMD, signalling monsoon’s arrival over the Indian subcontinent and beginning of rainy season in the region.

It also pointed out that widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past three-four days.
The much-awaited southwest monsoon set in over Kerala on Tuesday – three days ahead of schedule . Pixabay

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) report issued here on Tuesday stated that the southwest monsoon has further advanced into remaining parts of southeast Arabian Sea, Comorin-Maldives area, entire Lakshadweep, most parts of Kerala, some parts of Tamil Nadu and some more parts of southwest, central and northeast Bay of Bengal.

It also pointed out that widespread rainfall occurred over Kerala during the past three-four days.

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One of the major indicators signalling the onset is rainfall, which is monitored closely at 14 monitoring stations in Kerala from May 25. It has now recorded more than 60 per cent rainfall besides the westerly winds have also strengthened.

The normal monsoon onset over Kerala is June 1 and since 2005, the IMD started to issue operational forecasts for the date. The forecasts during the past 12 years have been correct every year except 2015. (IANS)

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