Rain to continue to pound state

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Panaji: The Indian  meteorological department on Monday  issued the warning for  Tuesday of heavy rainfall  at a few places and very heavy rainfall  at isolated places in the state. In the past 24 hours, five areas – Sanguem, Ponda, Sankhali, Valpoi and Quepem – recorded very heavy rainfall (between 120mm and 180mm), that  caused  deluge.

A yellow alert has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday with a forecast for heavy rain at isolated areas accompanied with gusty winds.

“Active monsoon conditions and enhanced rainfall activity will continue up to September 22 due to the development of a low-pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining north coastal Odisha. This will strengthen surface level winds and their  convergence along the west coast. The convergence  is likely to move west and northwestwards in the  next two-three days,”  an IMD official explained.

It is pertinent to note here  that the IMD had issued red alert indicating  occurrence of extremely heavy rainfall exceeding 90mm  due to vigorous monsoon conditions.

The highest rainfall in the past 24 hours was recorded at Sanguem (180.4mm), Ponda and Sankhali each saw 134mm of downpour, while  Valpoi and  Quepem each received 120mm rainfall.

The state has received 3898.6mm rainfall from June 1 till September 21, with 35 per cent excess rainfall.

Goa is the fourth highest rainfall recipient in the country after Sikkim, Gujarat and Telangana.

The withdrawal of monsoon is expected to start from September 25 from the northwestern parts of the country.