PANAJI: Heavy rains lashed parts of Goa in the last 24 hours and the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a ‘Orange’ alert for the coastal State forecasting heavy showers at isolated places.
Several parts of Goa’s capital Panaji, including the low-lying 18th June Road and Mala area, were inundated on wednesday night due to incessant rains.
The State is been put on Orange alert for the next five days. Several minor accidents due to water logging and other rainfall related incidents were reported across State.
According to IMD, the total seasonal rainfall has touched 793.7 mm which is still 19.8 per cent lesser than the normal seasonal showers of 989.9 mm as on date. “Due to strengthening of the southwest monsoon condition, the State will experience heavy to very heavy showers in the coming days,” IMD said in the bulletin issued.
The data also reveals excess amount of rains received by other Stations too including Mapusa, Mormugao, Old Goa, Dabolim. Sanguem and Ponda.
IMD said that the existence of cyclonic circulation and off-shore trough is likely to help in increased rainfall activities over the coast. The Fishermen as directed not to venture into the sea during the period due to rough weather conditions.
The month of June had ended with 28 per cent deficit rains. The month had recorded total 655mm (25.7 inches) of rains as against the normal average of 914mm (35.9inches).