Rains lash Goa yet again, more expected

IMD issues orange alert; snapped lines disrupt power supply; huge traffic snarls due to waterlogging



The incessant rain drenched Goa for the second consecutive day on Saturday, even as the heavy spell of rain is expected to spill over on Sunday due to depression in Arabian Sea and a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert, cautioning people about heavy to very heavy rainfall.

The heavy rainfall disrupted normal life yet again leading to waterlogging and slowing down of vehicular movement on roads. There were reports of huge traffic snarls in different parts of the State even as locals slammed the traffic police for failing to maintain smooth movement of traffic.

A huge tree came crashing down at Miramar-Dona Paula blocking the main throughfare even as reports of tree fall came in from various parts of the State.

Power supply was also disrupted in several parts of the State due to snapping of power lines.

According to the IMD, the State is expected to witness heavy to very rainfall on October 1.

“Light/moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely on October 1. Thunderstorms with lightning and wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph are also expected,” the IMD said.

In view of incessant rainfall, Drishti Marine on Saturday advised beachgoers to not venture into the rough seas.

“The meteorological agency has said that heavy rain is expected in Goa over the next three days, making sea conditions challenging, with water levels rising and under-water currents intensifying along the coastal belt and a low-pressure belt forming over the East Central Arabian Sea off the south Konkan, Goa beaches. Owing to the cyclonic conditions in the Arabian Sea, Drishti Marine advises people not to venture into the sea due to high water levels and rough water conditions observed along Goa’s coastline,” reads a statement issued by the lifesaving agency in the State.

The weather bureau has said rough to very rough sea condition is very likely along and off Maharashtra-Goa-Karnataka coasts.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea due to the rough condition in the sea.

The heavy rainfall in the last two days has shot up the seasonal surplus in the State in double figures to 11.5 percent.

The State received an average of 3,355.1 mm of rain while the normal seasonal average is 3007.8 mm for the season from June 1 to Sept 30.

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