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.