PANAJI: The rain that wreaked havoc across Goa yesterday was the second highest daily rainfall recorded in the state during the current season.
Over a 24-hour period ending at 8:30 am today, an impressive 133.6 mm of rain was recorded, not only erasing the rainfall deficit but also pushing Goa into a surplus of 5.8 percent rainfall.
In the past four days alone, Goa received nearly 400 mm of average rainfall.
The highest daily rainfall of 142.5 mm was recorded on June 28.
Canacona witnessed the highest rainfall of 168.8 mm yesterday, closely followed by Panaji with 158 mm.
Other stations reported the following rainfall in the last 24 hours: Sanguem – 155 mm, Margao and Mormugao – 140 mm, Pernem – 130.8 mm, Ponda and Dabolim – 126 mm, Mapusa – 125.2 mm, Old Goa – 124.5 mm, Quepem – 120 mm, Valpoi – 84 mm, and Sakhalim – 81.8 mm.
The weather department has predicted inundation of houses in low-lying areas, fall of weak trees and structures, localised and short-term disruption of essential services, and low visibility during intense rain spells.
The State Disaster Management Authority has set up two different helplines and control rooms, one each in North Goa and South Goa districts, for people to contact in case of any flooding.
Heavy rains have been observed in Goa. People are advised not to venture into flood-prone areas. In case of any emergency, please contact the control rooms,” the authority said in a media statement issued on Wednesday evening.
As per the IMD, its weather station in state capital Panaji recorded 76.7 mm of rainfall on Wednesday, taking the total seasonal tally to 1,025.6 mm.