Dr Gufran Beig, Founder Project Director, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) & Chair Professor NIAS, IISc, speaks to Omkar Gokhale on Mumbai’s deteriorating AQI, the contributing factors and what can be done about it.Why is Air Quality Index (AQI) so bad this year and what are the contributing factors?The accumulation of suspended fine particulate matter in the air post-Diwali was high due to calm wind conditions which prevailed in Mumbai. The Southwest monsoon has just withdrawn from Mumbai. After the withdrawal of monsoon, anti-cyclonic circulation prevails, which lead to stagnant wind speed. In addition to this, Cyclone Sitrang, which formed in the Bay of Bengal, also contributed to slowing the wind speed on October 24. People celebrated Diwali with much vigour this year. Hence, with additional emissions due to burning of firecrackers, AQI shot up to ‘very poor’ category. However, it quickly recovered. Increased windspeed has led to improved AQI in Mumbai in the last two days. Due to heavy rain in the past two years in Mumbai, all pollutants got washed away and Mumbai observed “satisfactory” AQI in 2020 and 2021. However, this year, with the monsoon withdrawing earlier and no rain during Diwali, the pollutants were not washed away.Is climate change affecting the AQI of Mumbai and what are the factors leading to deteriorating AQI in the city for the last few years?While the change in AQI is a day-to-day phenomenon, climate change refers to long-term, say decadal change. In all likelihood, climate change is responsible for unprecedented extreme pollution events, which are weather-related and sometimes related to large-scale systems. In 2022 itself, there were three back-to-back duststorms in the month of January and February originating in the Gulf region and Thar desert. It was unusual as duststorms normally do not occur during winter as the air is still heavy. Ongoing westerly disturbances pushed most of the dust to Mumbai, affecting its AQI. If you refer to air quality data of SAFAR for the last seven years from 2015, you will see only a marginal change in the AQI. However, extreme pollution events are increasing. While overall air quality might remain the same, pollution is too high on certain days because of slow wind trapping pollutants in the air and is extremely low on some days due to heavy rains, which wash away the pollutants. Mumbai also recorded the lowest AQI during the monsoon this year. Extreme events are averaging out each other. However, it is of concern as it does not give the exact idea of impact on the environment.Are construction of infrastructure projects in the city affecting the air quality?Large number of infrastructure projects create dust and it majorly contributes to the quantity of bigger particles, including PM 10. Contribution of dust to smaller particles like PM 2.5 is relatively less. There are excavations going on for such projects and such work impacts air quality related to PM 10 and increasing pollution in the city.Interestingly, the level of biofuel emissions due to the use of coal and wood for cooking and water heating in the city’s slums has increased since last year. While it declined after the Ujjwala scheme was introduced, due to economic issues and other reasons, the slum population has resorted back to quick food-cooking measures leading to increased emission of biofuels, which contributes to the quantity of PM 2.5 in the air.As per a SAFAR sample survey of 80 slum clusters in Mumbai having a population of 5 lakh, from around 40 per cent of slum residents using LPG, a 2018 survey found that the number of slum residents using LPG had increased to 85 per cent after the introduction of the Ujjwala scheme in 2016-17. However, updated data of 2021 revealed that 70 per cent slum population was consuming LPG and 30 per cent had resorted to the use of biofuel.Mumbai is surrounded by sea on three sides, so surface windspeed is normally higher. There is also wind reversal now and then. When winds originate from the oceanic side, it is clean and it sweeps away all the city’s pollution leading to cleaner AQI but when it gets reversed, AQI deteriorates. This cycle continues for the whole year. Mumbai is blessed by this geography.Is AQI affecting the quality of life of Mumbaikars and what are the likely health hazards and solutions?The people of Mumbai are certainly likely to face the threat of health hazards, including respiratory system-related diseases, as humidity is high and there is a high level of toxicity in the air emissions. Since the pollutants are made up of different chemicals, the toxicity of pollutant particles differs from city to city. There is lot of water in the atmosphere due to humidity and particles emitted due to industry, vehicles and traffic jams make a toxic blend of toxins. Although the mass concentration of PM 2.5 particles in Mumbai is much lower than Delhi, Mumbai’s pollutants have more toxic elements than that in Delhi. If traffic jams can be prevented, improvement in AQI is bound to happen.What are SAFAR’s initiatives for public awareness about impacts of low AQI and pollution?SAFAR has started awareness programmes in many cities and focuses on workshops for schoolgoing children. School awareness programmes, in which the flag of a particular AQI prevailing on that day is put up, is being implemented in cities like Pune and Ahmedabad. Children are being made aware about advisories based on AQI forecasts and the impacts of climate change during morning assembly. If any school contacts us, we may launch such programmes in Mumbai as well. We are seeing changes in children’s mindsets after our awareness programmes. Parents conveyed to us that considering the impact of air and noise pollution, their children were voluntarily deciding not to burst firecrackers. There is a paradigm shift in approach and if children are made aware of the same, our cities will have a better future.
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government on Friday announced a relief package of Rs 630.34 crore for farmers who suffered losses due to heavy rains this monsoon, the move coming ahead of assembly polls likely to be held by the end of the year. The relief package was cleared in the state cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Bhupendra Patel earlier in the day and is expected to benefit eight lakh farmers in 2,554 villages in 14 districts, officials said. The package was announced after a loss-assessment survey was carried out in these districts, namely Chhotaudepur, Narmada, Panchmahal, Navsari, Valsad, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Kutch, Junagadh, Morbi, Porbandar, Anand and Kheda, they added. An official release said farmers, as part of the package, will get compensation of Rs 6,800 per hectare with a limit of two hectares if the crop loss (except banana plantation) was equal or above 33 per cent due to excessive rain during the previous Kharif season in the state. "The compensation will be given from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and from the state budget. The compensation for the loss of banana plantation has been kept at 30,000 per hectare with a limit of two hectares," the release added. The minimum compensation has been fixed at Rs 4,000, even if the crop loss is less than this amount, officials informed. Affected farmers will have to submit online applications with all required details and documents through e-Gram centres in their villages, said the release. Farmers are not required to pay any application fee or charges, it asserted.
All zones of the city received light showers on Thursday evening. People were seen happily soaking in the rain even though it was accompanied with lightning. Navratri revellers might be feeling grateful to the rain god for not spoiling their celebration.The meteorological department in Ahmedabad has forecast light rain for the city on Friday. It predicted maximum temperature of 34°C and that the minimum will hover around 27°C.On Thursday, Ahmedabad had recorded a maximum of 33.5°C while minimum was 27.5°C.For next 48 hours, the weather department has forecast that the state will experience a fall in temperature by 2-3°C. The region will not experience a huge change in minimum temperature during the next five days.The meteorological department has warned of “heavy rains at isolated places in districts of South Gujarat region, namely Tapi and Dang for the October 9-11 period.”Within 12 hours starting 8.30pm on Wednesday till 8.30am on Thursday, Bhavnagar recorded 004.7mm rainfall while its temperature hovered between 33.1°C and 25.6°CIn Rajkot, maximum temperature was 36°C and minimum stood at 24.2°C, whereas for Mahuva the figures were 35°C and 25.5°C.In Diu, the temperature hovered between 33.4°C and 25°C while Bhavnagar recorded 33.1°C and 25.6°C. AM
An elderly woman broke down on being asked by a young man why she was sitting by the footpath near Kankariya Railway Yard.With tears rolling down her eyes, the 75-year-old woman said, “Three months ago, I was thrown out of the house by my son and daughter-in-law. Since then, I have been living on the footpath and surviving on alms.”The young man couldn’t hold himself and called the 181 Abhayam helpline.When the Abhayam team arrived, they asked the woman why she was ousted from her house. She told them that after delivering a child, her daughter-in-law did not want the elderly woman to continue staying in the same house.The woman told the Abhayam team that when she complained to her son about his wife’s behaviour, he asked her to leave the house. And, though she could not even stand properly, she was thrown out the next day. Left with no option, she took refuge near a bus stand and since then, has been braving the rain and heat. After hearing the woman’s ordeal, when a senior Abhayam team member suggested that the Abhayam team could settle her back in her house, the woman declined and said, “I don’t want to go back to his house now”.The team informed the police, and gave her a bath, bought her fresh clothes and shifted her to the One Stop Sakhi (OSS) centre. AM
Mumbai on Friday received an average of 116 mm of rain, with an average of 28.73 mm in the island city, 43.06 mm in the western suburbs, and 44.49 mm in the eastern suburbs, as per the information from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In the next 24 hours, until 6 pm on Saturday, Mumbai is likely to receive moderate to heavy rain at isolated places, whereas very heavy rain is expected at some places in the western and eastern suburbs, according to information from the Mumbai division of the Indian Meteorological department.However, no instances of extreme waterlogging were recorded in Mumbai on Friday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management department.The heavy rains on Friday morning affected the smooth flow of traffic till late afternoon.Due to heavy rains around 9 am, the Andheri subway was shut for half an hour in the morning due to 1.5 feet waterlogging and traffic on the southbound stretch of Western Express Highway had slowed down. However, areas like Hindamata, Sion and Lalbaug, known for waterlogging, did not experience any major issues.Even as Mumbai fared well, the heavy rains created havoc for commuters and motorists in neighbouring Thane district. The Kasheli area, which falls between Thane and Bhiwandi, experienced heavy traffic jams on the old Bhiwandi road which is filled with potholes. There was nearly two feet water in many areas of Thane including Kasheli and Kalyan. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Versova bridge and Ghodunder road were submerged in water. These roads are also filled with potholes which lead to heavy traffic jams from morning till afternoon.In Mumbai, a total of 11 instances of tree collapse or tree branch collapse were reported to BMC’s disaster management department, of which two were in the island city, one in the eastern suburbs, and eight in the western suburbs. Two instances of partial house collapse were reported, of which one was in the island city and one in the western suburbs; and four instances of short circuit were reported to BMC, of which one was in the island city, two in the eastern suburbs, and one in the western suburbs. No injuries were reported in either incident.
The IMD has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Gujarat till September 16 and said the Southwest Monsoon is expected to be active over the state in the coming week due to the systems that have developed in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.The IMD has said light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain are very likely across the state Tuesday. The weather bureau has cautioned that heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places is very likely in the Narmada and Surat districts Tuesday.“Heavy rains at isolated places very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Vadodara, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad and Tapi; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar,” it also predicted for Tuesday.On September 14, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts in South Gujarat along with heavy rain in the Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod, and Mahisagar districts in North Gujarat and in the Surendranagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and Botad districts in Saurashtra.The IMD said districts in Saurashtra and South Gujarat are expected to continue receiving heavy rainfall on September 15 and 16 as well.“The monsoon trough continues to pass through Nalia, Ahmedabad, Brahmapuri, Jagdalpur, the centre of depression over south coastal Odisha and neighbourhood and thence east southeastwards to East-central Bay of Bengal. Also, cyclonic circulation over the East-central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra-Goa coasts is extending above mean sea level persists,” the IMD forecast issued Sunday stated.Till 6 pm Sunday, 75 talukas recorded rainfall—Karjan in Vadodara recorded 41 mm and Umerpada in Surat 37 mm. Other areas to record heavy rain were Subir in Dang, Sinor in Vadodara, Palanpur in Banaskantha, Jotana in Mehsana, and Dahod.Parts of Ahmedabad city also recorded heavy rainfall between 4 pm and 7 pm Sunday with an average rainfall of 23 mm. Water logging was reported due to heavy rainfall in Paldi, Chandlodiya, Maninagar, Ranip, Jodhpur, Gota, and Science City.
Gujarat is likely to see heavy rainfall until September 16 as southwest monsoon is expected to be active in the coming week due to systems developed in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, stated an advisory from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Sunday.“The monsoon trough continues to pass through Nalia, Ahmedabad, Brahmapuri, Jagdalpur, the centre of Depression over south coastal Odisha and neighbourhood and thence east, southeastwards to the Eastcentral Bay of Bengal. Also, cyclonic circulation over East Central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra-Goa coasts is extending above mean sea-level persists,” the IMD stated.Until 6 pm Sunday, 75 talukas recorded rainfall on Sunday. Karjan in Vadodara recorded 41 mm, followed by Umerpada (37 mm) in Surat. Other areas that recorded heavy rainfall include Subir in Dang, Sinor in Vadodara, Palanpur in Banaskantha, Jotana in Mehsana and Dahod.Parts of Ahmedabad city also recorded heavy rainfall between 4 pm and 7 pm with an average rainfall of 23 mm. Water logging due to heavy rainfall in the areas of Paldi in the west zone that recorded 55 mm.On Monday, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Rajkot and Morbi, heavy rains at isolated places in the districts of Kheda, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Anand, Narmada, Bharuch Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and in Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Dwarka and Gir Somnath.Also, light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain is very likely across the state Monday and Tuesday.The IMD has cautioned against heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat, namely Narmada and Surat for Tuesday.Further, “heavy rain at isolated places is very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Vadodara, Bharuch Navsari, Valsad and Tapi; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar,” Tuesday.On September 14, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Vadodara and Chhota Udepur along with heavy rain Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod and Mahisagar and in Saurashtra districts of Surendranagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad.
AHMEDABAD: With no rain for the past few days, the maximum temperature on Tuesday increased to 35 degrees celsius, which was 2.1 degrees higher than normal. Minimum temperature also increased slightly to 25.6 degrees. According to India meteorological department (IMD) forecast, with a system advancing from Bay of Bengal to western states, several parts of the state are likely to get rainfall from Friday onwards. On Friday, Navsari, Valsad and Dang are likely to get heavy rainfall, whereas light thunderstorm with lightning and gusty wind are likely in several districts of south and central Gujarat, including Ahmedabad.
AHMEDABAD: An hour of heavy rain in the West Zone of the city, will cause severe waterlogging at Helmet Circle, Valinath Chowk, AEC Circle, Naranpura Crossroads, RTO and Lakhudi Talav Circle, leading to a traffic nightmare. A new study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, found that 55% of the area of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's West Zone - which includes the city's central business district (CBD) Ashram Road, the Gujarat University area, Navrangpura, CG Road, Paldi, SP Stadium and Chandkheda-Motera - is flood prone. The IIRS study also suggests a solution, saying that in densely developed areas such as Navarangpura, if the civic body was to set up integrated Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) it would offer an alternative approach to conventional stormwater management, along with environmental benefits. BGI is a landscape conservation approach, with nested networks of lakes and green spaces, permeable pavements, bioswales, rain gardens, urban tree cover, small ponds and wetlands. IIRS researchers Ravnish Kaur and Kshama Gupta have provided a potential map, marking suitability for a BGI network for the West Zone. The final suitability map for BGI implementation shows that of the 450 sq km of the city, about 145 sq km (32%) has low suitability, 157 sq km (35%) has moderate suitability and 148 sq km (33%) has the highest suitability. The study had considered areas for BGI networks that were larger than two hectares. Saswat Bandyopadhyay, project director, Centre of Urban Planning and Policy (CUPP), at CEPT Research and Development Foundation says, "Ahmedabad needs a sea change in the planning process to implement BGI. While we still hinge on floor space index (FSI) in the planning process, in Europe, the US and Singapore, planning involves the green plot ratio (GPR). "We can make cities climate resilient only if there is strong political will and thorough knowledge of the ground realities of town planning in Gujarat cities." Bandyopadhyay added that the construction industry in Ahmedabad had begun including elements such as vertical gardens and green roofing. He says available stormwater drainage technologies that break the speed of surface runoff should be included in the AMC's civic infrastructure.
Cave-ins have started to re-emerge in Ahmedabad city after another spell of rain this week.The 92nd cave-in this season was reported in the city’s Sarkhej ward Wednesday afternoon. The rear part of a garbage truck of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) sank into the huge cave-in near Hotel Savera in the Juhapura area.“The cave-in is on the main drainage trunk pipeline of 2000 mm. Superficially, it looks like a breakdown that will be only confirmed after the preliminary assessment work which will commence tonight,” AMC additional city engineer Falgun Mistri told The Indian Express. The area was barricaded after the truck was pulled out using a crane. The municipal authorities stated that the repair work would commence Wednesday night.This was the 92nd cave-in to have been reported from across the city after July 10. Of the 92 cave-ins, AMC claims to have repaired 84 while work on eight is still under progress. The AMC has received a lot of flak, especially on social media, as a number of cave-ins have been continuously reported, in addition to pothole-ridden roads in the city this monsoon season. The previous major cave-in was reported in July along the Metro-elevated corridor in Vastral that was recorded on camera by local residents. In another one reported in the Shahibaug area, an entire car sank.
AHMEDABAD: The city on Tuesday received an average of 7.7mm of rain till 7pm. Danapith got 22.5mm, followed by 19mm in Memco, 17.5mm in Paldi, 17mm in Usmanpura, 13.5mm in Sarkhej, and 11.5mm in Jodhpur. Western city areas received more rain than the east. As of Tuesday morning, the city has had 19.5% excess rainfall this season. Light to moderate showers disrupted traffic and waterlogging was also reported at certain spots with water pooled from the downpour in the early hours of Tuesday. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, heavy rain will continue in North Gujarat, parts of South Gujarat and coastal Saurashtra, while other areas may get light to moderate rain. In Ahmedabad, the intensity of the rain is likely to reduce, Met department officials said. The monsoon trough across central India and the trough from the north-western Arabian Sea is producing rain in the state, Met department officials said, adding that the strong system active over central India will continue till Thursday.
RAJKOT: An offence was lodged against the supervisor of the factory in Metoda GIDC where a powerful blast left one labourer dead and 10 others injured on Sunday. Lodhika police booked Abhimanyu Chauhan, supervisor at Parv Metal Company, for causing death by negligence. Police said Chauhan had ordered dumping of a huge quantity of iron scrap into the furnace even though the entire stock was wet due to heavy rain. The blast was so powerful that the entire factory was reduced to ashes and window panes of four to five other units in the vicinity were shattered. The deceased was identified as Arvind Chauhan, 30, a native of Uttar Pradesh. The fire safety officer has also issued closure notice to the factory which is owned in partnership by five people. There were 30 to 40 labourers in the factory and 10 of them were working in the furnace department in the morning shift.
AHMEDABAD: Light to moderate rain continued in the city for the third day in a row on Monday: The city received 12mm of rain. Sarkhej received the most rainfall, 57.5mm, followed by Jodhpur with 43mm, Chandkheda 26mm, Bodakdev 28 mm, Bopal 24mm, Usmanpura 23.5mm, and both Science City and Chandlodia got 21mm. The most rain fell between 1pm and 4pm. Traffic was disrupted in many areas due to waterlogging. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin, a cyclonic circulation over the east central Arabian Sea will bring rain across the state on Tuesday. While heavy rain is expected in Anand, Vadodara, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and Gir Somnath, other districts may get light thundershowers, the forecast said. Met department officials said Dahod was the only district to have recorded a deficit in rainfall, three districts have recorded 'large excesses', 11 have received 'excess rainfall' and other districts have received normal rainfall. The city and state have already reached 100% of the average annual rainfall.
After a lull for a few days, Amdavadis were caught in a heavy spell of rain on Saturday evening with several areas in the western part waterlogged following the downpour. By 4.30pm the sky was overcast. Then the sky opened with thunder and lightning with heavy showers for the next couple of hours.The Science City area received the highest amount of rainfall with 3.93 inches, followed by Bodakdev with 3.56 inches, Bopal and Jodhpur with 2.40 and 1.77 inches of rain respectively.The downpour resulted in waterlogging in Bopal, Gota, Satellite,Vastrapur, SG Highway among other areas. Traffic movement slowed down due to lashing or rain showers and heavy waterlogging. Across Gujarat, Kutch, Rajkot, Mehsana and Patan districts too received good rain.As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), for the next five days heavy rainfall can be expected at isolated places in the state especially Saurashtra and Kutch.Where it rained the mostAreas Rain (inches)Science City 3.93Bodakdev 3.56Bopal 2.40Sarkhej 1.81Jodhpur 1.77
Saturday’s heavy rains in the city gave citizens palpitations not just for possible waterlogging, but over the prospect of a Navratri washout. Well, a weather agency has brought a sigh of relief for Amdavadis.The rain activity in the state that resumed after a break thanks to a depression formed in the Bay of Bengal will withdraw to coincide with Navratri.Rain likely in S GujaratIn the coming weeks, parts of South Gujarat and Saurashtra are expected to receive heavy rainfall at isolated places while the rest of the state will get light to moderate rainfall at isolated places.However, despite the delayed monsoon withdrawal, this time rains will bid adieu to the state around the dance festival. Navratri days are expected to be warm and nights balmy.It should be noted that for the last three years the state has not seen full-fledged Navratri celebrations.Usually, the monsoon starts to withdraw by September 1 from Rajasthan but this year it is expected to happen by September 17 and 18.Mahesh Palawat, VP, meteorology and weather change at Skymet Weather told Mirror that the monsoon withdrawal will begin from Rajasthan after September 17-18 and from Gujarat around September 25 to 26.“During this time, no significant weather activity is expected and temperature will remain high. So days will be warm with clear skies and the nights will be comfortable,” said Palawat.Amrish Patel, chairman entertainment committee, Karnavati Club said close to 6,000 people attend their two-day garba event. “As the ground is big it cannot be covered to protect from the rains. If it rains we will cancel the event,” said Patel.Alpesh Parikh MD, Gulmohar Greens said they organise garba on the last four days of Navratri as monsoon gets over by then.“It is not possible to cover such a large area and keeping in mind the Covid situation. We have to respect nature and will cancel the event and bear losses if it rains,” said Parikh.
THE INDIA Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a heavy rainfall warning for Gujarat for September 9 and 10. To review the situation, the weather watch group held a meeting on Tuesday at State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) in Gandhinagar.With a system being formed in the Bay of Bengal, southern and Saurashta districts of Gujarat are expected to report heavy to very heavy rainfall on September 9 and 10.“Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat including Navsari, Valsad and Dang,” the IMD forecast issued Tuesday stated.Also, light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain are expected in all the districts of South Gujarat; in other districts including Ahmedabad, Anand, Aravalli, Dahod, Gandhinagar, Kheda, Mahisagar and Panchmahal; in the districts of Saurashtra and in Diu, it further alerted.On September 10, heavy to very heavy rains are expected along with Navsari and Valsad, in the districts of Saurashtra including Amreli, Gir Somnath and in Diu.Also, heavy rain is very likely expected in the districts of Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Surat, Dangs and Tapi; in Saurashtra including Surendranagar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar and Botad.“Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in all the districts of Gujarat region, Saurashtra and in Diu, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli,” the IMD cautioned.
After a lull for a couple of days, rains lashed the city on Thursday morning. Within 3 hours, the city received an average of 26mm of rain, inundating many areas. The East Zone received the highest rain during the day with nearly 1.5 inch of rain, leaving many areas flooded. Viratanagar received the highest 70 mm of rain, followed by Odhav with 53.50 mm and Chakudiya with 45 mm of rain. South Zone received 47.75 mm with heavy rains witnessed in Maninagar and Vatva areas. In the West Zone, areas of Ambawadi, Panchvati, Gota, Sabarmati, Juhapura, Vadaj were flooded after a downpour.
AHMEDABAD: Widespread rain in the state has led to 98 dams being put on ‘high alert’, 18 dams on ‘alert’ and warnings were issued for 14 dams. The state emergency operations centre (SEOC) said parts of Saurashtra, north and south Gujarat will get light rain in next 24 hours. On Tuesday, the water level in the Sardar Sarovar was 136.7 metres, or 93.42% of its capacity. The total seasonal rainfall in the state on Tuesday was 100.98% of the long-term average. This figure was merely 42.35% at this time last year, a government statement said. Relief commissioner Harshad Patel presided over a review meeting of the weather watch committee at the SEOC on Tuesday. Preparations being made at reservoirs which have been placed on alert were also reviewed at the meeting. Other 206 dams are cumulatively 79.30% full. The dams now have storage of 12,533.7 million cubic metres (MCM), compared to 4,084.6 MCM on August 30 last year. The storage in north Gujarat deams increased to 1,668.6 MCM on Tuesday.
AHMEDABAD: This year, monsoon kept its date with the state on June 15, the official date on monsoon onset as taught in state textbooks since decades with 2% seasonal rains. On the morning of August 24, 70 days into the monsoon season, the seasonal rainfall crossed the 100% mark as Gujarat recorded 852 mm rain against average annual rainfall of 850 mm. This, according to experts, is the fastest coverage of seasonal rainfall at least in the past decade in terms of rain days. More good news is that all the regions got ample rainfall in different spells due to near-continuous formation of favourable weather systems. For example, Kutch district has got 55% higher rains than its annual average already, whereas districts in north Gujarat have already received 8% excess seasonal rains. Manorama Mohanty, head of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Gujarat, said 2022 saw Gujarat receive some of the highest rainfalls in the past few years. "In terms of two sub-regions of IMD, Kutch and Saurashtra got 52% excess rains so far, whereas the figure for rest of Gujarat is 32%. With favourable conditions, we expect the rainfall to continue in the state in coming days," she said. She added that IMD forecast had pointed at normal or above normal rainfall, which proved to be true. Manorama Mohanty, head of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Gujarat added that the IMD forecast for central India including Gujarat had pointed at normal or above normal rainfall, which proved to be true. "This year, both the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea got activated during monsoon. This is not a common occurrence and rendered conditions favourable for the state to get good rains. Moreover, there is a gradual change in rain pattern as Kutch, Saurashtra and north Gujarat have got ample rains," she said, adding that this year the state has received sustained rains. In July, heavy rains in parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra disrupted normal lives, whereas Ahmedabad city also reported a day of torrential rains on June 10 when the city got 28% of seasonal rainfall or 219 mm in a night. Due to good rains, there's overall 81.5% water in 207 reservoirs in Gujarat. Sardar Sarovar dam is at 90% of its capacity, whereas 57 are at 100%, 72 at 70-100%, 29 at 50-70% and 22 at 25-50%. The rains however have wreaked havoc on the road conditions across the state along with a spike in vector-borne diseases, seasonal flu along with H1N1 (swine flu) and Covid due to overcast sky, said experts.
The Ahmedabad-Bhopal flight of IndiGo Airlines had to return from Bhopal after reaching there with 50 passengers due to bad weather in MP on Monday. Airport sources said passengers had to face trouble as the flight was canceled on Monday evening.Due to heavy rains, bad weather and low visibility in monsoon, flight schedules of airline companies are constantly getting disrupted of late. The Ahmedabad-Bhopal flight of Indigo Airlines took off for Bhopal at 2.30 pm on Monday and reached Bhopal at 3.15 pm. But at that time, a yellow alert was announced at the airport in Bhopal due to heavy rain. The aircraft had to fly over the airport for some time, but the ATC did not allow the flight to land at Bhopal airport due to low visibility.Finally, the flight returned to Ahmedabad after 10 to 15 minutes of flying over Bhopal. After landing at the airport, the passengers had an altercation with the staff of the airline company. Ultimately, all passengers were rescheduled on Tuesday’s flight of the airline. Also, a flight from Bhopal to Ahmedabad had to be cancelled at around 6.30 pm on Monday due to bad weather and heavy rain. All passengers travelling to Ahmedabad were stranded in Bhopal.
Amdavadis woke up to a wet Tuesday morning with drizzles continuing throughout the day. As per the Indian Meteorological Department, several places in the state are likely to receive heavy rainfall on Wednesday.On Tuesday, there were light showers across the city till late night with some areas receiving heavy rainfall in the evening. Across the state, areas of North Gujarat received heavy rainfall, with Mehsana receiving the maximum rainfall of 5.23 inches, followed by Idar with 3.50 inches, Visnagar and Amirgadh with 3.46 inches and 3.03 inches of rainfall respectively.As per the IMD, for the entire week light to moderate rainfall is expected all over the state. On Wednesday, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected at isolated places in North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha and in Kutch district. Heavy rain is also expected at isolated places in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Aravalli, Kheda, Dahod, Mahisagar, Surendranagar and Morbi districts.
A flood alert has been issued for several villages on the banks of the Narmada river in Gujarat after 2.94 lakh cusecs of water began to be released from the Sardar Sarovar dam, an official release stated in Ahmedabad Monday.Heavy rain in the catchment areas of the river in Madhya Pradesh forced the administration to release 2.5 lakh cusecs of water by opening 15 gates of the dam for about 2.35 metres. Earlier, only 10 gates were open and one lakh cusecs water was being released downstream.Water is also being released through River Bed Power House taking the total outflow from the dam to 2.94 lakh cusecs, the release added. With this outflow, the river is expected to flow bank to bank in the Narmada and Bharuch districts of the state.The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) first opened the gates of the dam on August 12. Currently, the dam is 91 per cent full. In other words, the water level in the 138.66-metre dam is 136 metres. It currently sees an inflow of close to two lakh cusecs from the catchment areas.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rainfall warning in parts of Gujarat for three days, till August 24.As per the IMD forecast, heavy rain is expected in Panchmahal, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Navsari, Valsad on August 22 while on the subsequent day, heavy to very heavy rain was likely in North Gujarat along with heavy rainfall in the districts of Patan, Dahod, Mahisagar, Valsad and Kutch.Ahmedabad is likely to have one or two spells of light to moderate rain with thundershowers on Monday. On August 24, Kutch district is expected to have heavy rain at isolated places, stated the weather bulletin.In addition to heavy rainfall warning on August 22 and 23, light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light rain are expected across the state.On Sunday, light rainfall occurred at a few places over South Gujarat, including in Dharampur, Umergam, Vapi and Kaprada in Valsad, Khergam, Gandevi, Chikhli and Vansda in Navsari, Bardoli in Surat.Malia and Visavadar in Junagadh, Bagasara in Amreli, Ghogha in Bhavnagar and in Ranavav in Porbadar received light rainfall.The state has already recorded 97.59 per cent average rainfall this monsoon season. Among regions, Kutch region received 152 per cent followed by South Gujarat region with 108 per cent, North Gujarat region 97 per cent, Saurashtra 89 per cent and East central 80.56 per cent.
A 2016-batch assistant sub inspector serving at Ahmedabad Crime Branch lost his life on Janmashtami after drowning in dam water in Saurashtra.ASI Paresh Chavda was visiting Khorsaagir village in Vanthali, Junagadh with his family on the festival when the incident occurred.On Saturday, Chavda, along with his friends had gone to visit the Khorasan Dam, when the water level rose considerably due to heavy rain in the state.When his friends saw Chavda struggling against the water, they attempted to try and save him, but could not save his life.Chavda was known as a courageous officer in Ahmedabad City Police and is survived by his wife and 4-year-old son. The 27-year-old officer had just received a letter of appreciation from Ahmedabad Commissioner of Police on August 15.
VADODARA: Four gates of the Kadana Dam on Mahi river were partially opened on Thursday to maintain the rule level of water following heavy influx of fresh water due to torrential rain in Rajasthan and the catchment areas. Sources said that the Kadana project officials had issued an alert for 128 villages located along the Mahi river. They did not rule out the possibility of more water being released from the dam. The water reached the level of 126.87 m in the dam with the danger level 127.71 m. The rule level of the dam is 126.8 m. On Thursday evening, the dam had an inflow of 62,990 cusecs while 57,060 cusecs water was being discharged. Besides the four gates, water is being discharged in the hydropower plant of the dam and the canals of the dam.
AHMEDABAD: Commuters faced problems in the city after incessant rain in the morning and evening hours caused traffic jams in several areas. The city received 36mm of rainfall till 10pm on Tuesday. Waterlogging was also reported in many areas in west Ahmedabad. The highest rainfall was recorded in Chandkheda (64mm), followed by Ranip (54mm), Gota (51mm), Bopal (41.5mm), Bodakdev (40.5mm), Science City (29mm), Chandlodia (28mm), Jodhpur (22.5mm) and Kotarpur (22mm). Rain continued in several parts of the city – especially western parts – until late in the night. According to the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) data, Ahmedabad city had received 96% of seasonal rains till Tuesday morning. Against the annual average of 796mm, the city had already received 765mm of rainfall. Across Gujarat, 88.5% of the annual average rainfall is achieved according to data. Due to rain on Monday, the maximum temperature dropped by 3 degrees to 29 degrees celsius. Out of 251 talukas, only two had less than 250mm of rainfall, mentioned GSDMA data. Out of 33 districts, only Dahod has less than 50% of the annual average rainfall, whereas seven have already got 100% of the seasonal rains. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, isolated places in Kutch, Banaskantha, Patan, Bharuch, Surat, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Morbi, Surendranagar, Rajkot, and Porbandar districts may get heavy rainfall on Wednesday and in Kutch on Thursday.
Absence of bridge-proper connect forced villagers to tie the body of a deceased man to a floating rubber tube to cross flooded Narmada river. Due to flood, kin of the deceased had no option but to take the body through a rubber tube to cross the water and to perform the last rights.The incident was reported on Sunday in Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur district where due to heavy rainfall, road connecting to the village was submerged into rain water.As per the police, the deceased identified as Vishmat Nanda (55), a resident of Thadpathara village in Anuppur, died in a government hospital in neighbouring Dindori district on Sunday after a heart attack.A video showing some people carrying the body across the river to their village in Anuppur district surfaced on social media platforms following which a local administration official said they would investigate the matter.It showed that the body was carried on an ambulance till Patharkucha village, but it had to be stopped there as the only road connecting the Thadpathara village was closed due to the flooded river and there was no bridge.Notably, due to heavy rain in several parts of Madhya Pradesh, life of people have been disrupted as in many places roads are submerged in water and caved in. Bridges were collapsed at many places.The state administration has issued alert in areas, especially which are located on the catchment of Narmada river. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to monitor the situation through a helicopter ride.
SURAT: At least 60 people were shifted to a safer location as water from Tapi river entered low-lying areas of Surat city on Thursday. The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) also sounded an alert following the release of over 1.81 lakh cusecs of water from the Ukai dam. The civic body also barricaded the river bank in Adajan to prevent people from entering the water. According to SMC, river water enters several areas in the central zone and Rander if over 2.25 lakh cusecs was released into the river. To prevent flooding, flood gates at Hanuman Tekri, Makkaipul and Bharimata were closed. Dewatering pumps were also installed at these locations to release the rainwater into the river. On Thursday, 1.81 lakh cusecs of water was released from Ukai dam during early hours. The dam was receiving 1.95 lakh cusecs of water on Thursday evening and it is likely to increase further. Dam officials said that 2.25 lakh cusecs of water was released from Hatnur dam in Maharashtra. After 3 pm the discharge was reduced to 1.84 lakh cusecs. The water released from Hatnur will reach Ukai in 24 hours. Since rain continued between Hatnur and Ukai, additional water is also likely to be released from Hatnur. Along with Ukai, Surat district collector office and SMC officials are keeping close watch on the rain and water levels in Ukai dam. "We are releasing 1.81 lakh cusecs of water and it will be maintained for next two days. At this level of discharge we will be in a position to handle additional water," said a Ukai dam official. Meanwhile, Ukai dam water level reached 334.50 ft against the rule level of 335 ft. "Due to the full moon there was high tide in the sea hence less water from the river entered it. The disaster management department is keeping concerned offices updated about the changes in the situation," said district collector Ayush Oak. "Our teams have made some preparations and round-the-clock watch is being kept. About 60 people have been shifted to safe locations," said Banchha Nidhi Pani, city municipal commissioner.