By Kriti GiriMonsoon is just around the corner, with the fragrance of petrichor in the air, it is just the perfect time to give birth to new greens. And it is just the time when plant parents are at their enthusiastic best (not that they aren’t through the year!) and indulge in growing new saplings, sowing seeds for a beautiful future… If you are planning to do a bit of your gardening this monsoon, readying to get down and dirty, we’ve got you covered. Mirror spoke to a passionate plant parent Lokendra Balasaria, cofounder of Tree Walks, a community of environment lovers, about monsoon and planting.Season of magicMonsoon is a regenerative time, dead soil gets soul, birds and animals get food. It’s a wonderful and magical time. Probably after sunshine, rain is the biggest blessing for humankind or earth. Rain has that power.Rainwater is the best water ever. It is like nectar. The magic it holds can’t be obtained from tap or ground water. It clears off body toxins. One can store it in an earthen pot and drink it. We have observed that there has been a shift in our attitude towards rain. Additionally, media also tends to cover only the ill effects of rain, instead of focussing on the greenery it brings about. The approach needs to change. We need to look at rains more positively now.Take benefit of monsoonMost plants like to grow below 40 degrees centigrade, they like moisture. Yeh baarish ka aisa mausam hai ki aise kehte hain ki Himalaya mein ugne waali vanaspati bhi Ahmedabad mai ugg jayegi. World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 globally, I believe ours should be on July 15, as per our climate and geography.Some practices to follow to maintain healthy growth of plants in monsoon:• First, remove the uppermost layer of the soil and cover it with gobar ki khaad (cow dung manure). Repotting could also be used as an effective technique during monsoon. Try to see that your soil gets microbial input. Mud needs continuous nutrients. Banana, onion leaves can be used to do so. Gobar khaad should also be given during the growth period as well.• Herbs grow really well during monsoon. Herbs don’t require much mud. They can be grown in your balconies, kitchen windows, in small pots plants wherever sunlight is accessible. Window ledges could also be utilised. We are currently working on helping people choose plants and pots to buy based on the directions they’re placing it in (as in which plants to grow if you have a north-facing/south-facing house and so on).• Poi (Malabar spinach) is an edible creeper. Both its stem and leaves are edible. It is nutritious, a natural coolant and an antioxidant. Basil varieties can also be grown. These possess anti-inflammatory and stress relieving properties and can be used in pastas, salads and smoothies.• Tandaljo (Amaranthus tricolour) is a very nutritive plant that can also be grown, and further used in making theplas and other items. Add more herbs to your meals. Advantage of growing herbs is that you can use their seeds and regrow them.• Vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, brinjal, green chilli, tomato, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, sweet potato, lady finger, litchi, pears and muskmelon can be grown in monsoon.How to reducecarbon footprintMore than what to grow, one must know how to utilise the outputs. This involves devising creative ways to utilise the output to the fullest. We believe 10 per cent of our food should come from our own garden, which is not difficult to achieve. This helps reduce carbon footprint. Reusing garbage as manure for your plants lessens the use of chemicals and pesticides and keeps surrounding areas cooler.Lux meter, among other light meter apps, can be used to check how much light is required, to place plants accordingly. In terms of equipment, a khurpi, watering device and cutter will suffice.Composting itself will reduce carbon footprint to a great extent. People are going carbon positive by switching to smaller vehicles, installing solar panels in their houses, carrying out rainwater harvesting, gifting saplings and composting. Homes can be the biggest solution to climate change, because it starts from our homes. You have a house and you have waste; that’s all you need to start contributing.
The heat and humidity coupled with a power cut at Sola Civil Hospital had patients sweating literally on Monday afternoon. Patients were put in a hot spot after the power to the main building was shut down for 50 minutes as a preventive measure.The officials said power was cut off to check the power system to ensure that there was no possibility of a short circuit after the heavy rains on Sunday evening. Sources said that the power went off at 1 pm putting the entire ground floor including the trauma centre and emergency ward in the dark for 50 minutes.Ghuma resident Sailesh Prajapati who was at the hospital to get his injured friend treated said they were at the premises when everything became dark. “The rain on Sunday resulted in extreme humidity on Monday and the power cut just worsened the situation not only for the patients but also for the doctor and paramedical staff,” said Prajapati.Air conditioners stopped functioning in operation theatres too. Patients and doctors heaved a sigh of relief after the power was restored. Sources said relatives of patients began to pour out of the hospital to escape the suffocating atmosphere inside.Sola Civil Hospital Resident Medical Officer Dr Pradip Patel could not be contacted for his comments.Medical Superintendent Dr Deepika Singhal said they suspected the possibility of a short circuit in the trauma centre. “To ensure that no untoward incident took place we had the electrical connections and the entire system checked and so the power had to be turned off. The power cut did not impact the patients’ health,” said Dr Singhal.
Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds caught Amdavadis unawares as they set out for an evening of fun on Sunday. This is the first major spell of rain reported in the city. The advancement of monsoon had halted for some time now.On Sunday, several areas of A’bad reported heavy rainfall and strong winds. Several trees and signboards were uprooted mostly in the western part of the city. The highest rainfall was reported in Gota which received 67.50 mm of rainfall in a span of a few hours followed by Science City (65 mm) and Chandlodia ( 53.50 mm).In the eastern part, Odhav received the maximum rainfall of 27.50 mm followed by Chakudiya (23.50 mm) and Viratnagar (22 mm).Across the state heavy rainfall was also reported in several districts of Saurashtra and South Gujarat. In the state, the maximum rainfall was recorded in Umarpada in Surat at 65 mm followed by Dharampur in Valsad at 50 mm. Jambughoda in Panchmahals received 47 mm of rainfall.Surat, Vadodara, Panchmahals, Tapi, Navsari, Dang, Dahod, Rajkot, Dwarka, Bharuch, Valsad, Narmada and Mahisagar also received good rainfall. As per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Saurashtra and South Gujarat in the next five days. North Gujarat and Kutch may get light rains at isolated places.AM
Heavy rainfall was recorded in South Gujarat and Saurashtra on Sunday, while Ahmedabad also received rain in the evening, in a respite from the heat. As the Southwest monsoon further progressed in Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of heavy rainfall across the state till July 1.“Heavy rain very likely in the districts of South Gujarat, including Valsad, and districts of Saurashtra Porbandar and Junagadh. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind at 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light tomoderate rain very likely in all the districts of Gujarat,” the IMD forecast issued Sunday stated.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTemperature in Ahmedabad was 43.4 degrees Celsius Sunday, the highest in the state. While the city received an average of 9 mm rainfall till Sunday evening, the South west zone alone recorded 33 mm rainfall.Umerpada in Surat recorded the highest of 65 mm rainfall followed by Dharampur in Valsad (45 mm), Fatepura in Dahod (32 mm), Waghai in Dang (31 mm), Chikhli in Navsari (25 mm) and Sanjeli in Dahod (21 mm) till Sunday 6 pm. Till 8 pm, the localised rainfall over South West zone with high velocity winds in the city resulted in an average of 33 mm rainfall recorded between two hours. Jodhpur ward recorded the highest of 42.5 mm rainfall followed by Bopal (33.5 mm). Felling of several trees was also reported due to winds from the South west zone including the stretch from Rajpath Club till Sardar Patel Ring road leading to road blockages and diversions. Also, water logging from these areas was reported till late night.The only other ward to receive heavy rainfall was Usmanpura in the West zone also recorded 31 mm. According to IMD forecast, most parts of Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Botad along with Bharuch, Surat, Navsari are expected to receive heavy rainfall later this week.
Two members of a family were killed and one person was injured in a lightning strike in Moti Jagdhar village in Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district on Sunday amid rain and thunder in many parts of the state.Bhupati Mavji (25) and his nephew Ravi (10) were killed after lightning struck them in the afternoon when they were returning after completing a job under the MGNREGA scheme in Moti Jagdhar village, a Mahuva police station official said.“A woman, who was seriously injured in the incident, was shifted to a hospital in Mahuva for treatment,” he added.As many as 57 taluks in Gujarat recorded some rainfall, with Mahuva in Bhavnagar receiving 15 mm rainfall between 10 am and 12 noon on Sunday, as per the State Emergency Operation Centre.The meteorological department has forecast light to moderate rainfall with heavy rainfall in isolated places in several districts of the state over the next five days. Ahmedabad registered high humidity on Sunday.
Ahmedabad: The city is yet to receive a good spell of rain after the pre-monsoon showers on Sunday despite areas on the periphery, Dholera, Dhandhuka and Dholka, receiving 9mm to 15mm rainfall on Wednesday. However, the hopes are up as according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the district is likely to receive rainfall for the next four days. ‘Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in Ahmedabad, Anand, Kheda, Gandhinagar, Aravalli, Bharuch, Surat, Vadodara, Narmada, Navsari, Valsad, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, and Botad,’ mentioned the IMD forecast for the next four days. According to State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) data, 70 talukas on Wednesday received at least 1 mm rainfall till 8 pm. Mangrol in Junagadh district received 79 mm rain, the highest, followed by 74 mm in Mehmdabad (Kheda), and 68 mm in Manavadar (Junagadh). In all, 29 talukas — mostly in Saurashtra and north Gujarat — received 10mm or more rainfall. At 39.7°C, the city’s maximum temperature was 1.4 degrees higher than normal, whereas the minimum temperature of 28 degrees was up to par.
AHMEDABAD: The city is yet to receive a good spell of rain after the pre-monsoon showers on Sunday despite areas on the periphery, Dholera, Dhandhuka and Dholka, receiving 9mm to 15mm rainfall on Wednesday. However, the hopes are up as according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the district is likely to receive rainfall for the next four days. 'Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in Ahmedabad, Anand, Kheda, Gandhinagar, Aravalli, Bharuch, Surat, Vadodara, Narmada, Navsari, Valsad, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, and Botad,' mentioned the IMD forecast for the next four days. According to State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) data, 70 talukas on Wednesday received at least 1 mm rainfall till 8 pm. Mangrol in Junagadh district received 79 mm rain, the highest, followed by 74 mm in Mehmdabad (Kheda), and 68 mm in Manavadar (Junagadh). In all, 29 talukas - mostly in Saurashtra and north Gujarat - received 10mm or more rainfall. At 39.7°C, the city's maximum temperature was 1.4 degrees higher than normal, whereas the minimum temperature of 28 degrees was up to par.
Several areas of Saurashtra and South Gujarat received good rains even as Ahmedabad continued to battle a dry spell with the sole exception of Dholka. On Wednesday, Mangrol taluka in Junagadh recorded the highest rainfall of 79 mm followed by Mahemdabad (74mm) in Kheda and Manavadar (68mm) in Junagadh.Isolated places in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Gir-Somnath, Patan, Banaskantha, Anand and Rajkot also recorded rains.The IMD has said that major places in the state including many districts in Saurashtra and South Gujarat like Rajkot, Surendranagar, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Amreli, Narmada, Navsari, Valsad and Surat among others are likely to receive rains till Monday. Rainfall is also expected atisolated places in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Patan and Mehsana in North Gujarat.Ahmedabad on Wednesday was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 39.7 degree celsius followed by Gandhinagar at 39 degree celsius.Rain may play spoilsport in T20 match at RajkotThe rains in Rajkot since last Saturday have got clouds hovering over the 4th T20 match between India and South Africa scheduled on June 17.Both the teams are already in the city and the match is to be played at SCA Cricket Stadium in the city. Rajkot is hosting an international cricket tournament after a gap of two years and this has generated considerable interest among citizens. Jagat Trivedi, officer-in-charge at IMD said the city is likely to get light to medium rainfall in the next five days. This means there is a possibility of rain during the match scheduled on Friday.The Met department’s website also warns of a thunderstorm with rain for Rajkot on Friday.Popular local weather analyst Ashok Patel said Friday is going to be windy, with scattered showers but the sky may clear during the match hours. Kaushik Solanki who plans to watch the match with his friends and family said he is hopeful that the weather will hold up.
Ahmedabad: The citizens had to do with a cloudy day on Tuesday with no rainfall in sight. Meanwhile, state capital Gandhinagar got 1mm rain till 8pm whereas Dhandhuka got 10mm. Khambhaliya in Devbhoomi Dwarka got maximum 67mm rain till 8pm, followed by Kalavad in Jamnagar (50mm), and Muli in Surendranagar (24mm). Parts of Amreli, Kheda, Dahod, Banaskantha, Gir Somnath, Morbi and Valsad also got rains below 10mm. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) gave forecast of rain or thundershowers in majority of districts of Gujarat for the next four days. However, there’s no heavy rainfall warning, they added.‘Conditions are favorable for further advance of monsoon into some parts of the north Arabian Sea and more parts of Gujarat state during the subsequent two-three days,’ the IMD has forecast on the advance of the monsoon. tnn
Pre-monsoon activity over the state is likely to continue for the next five days. IMD has forecast that districts of north Gujarat, Saurashtra and south Gujarat are expected to receive light to moderate rainfall in the nextfew days.Meanwhile, the Southwest monsoon, which is progressing at its usual speed, has crossed Goa and north Karnataka, while pre-monsoon showers are also taking place in Maharashtra cities of Mumbaiand Pune.It made its landfall in Kerala on May 29 three days earlier than scheduled, but its progress slowed down later. Currently, it is moving asper schedule, according to which monsoon will arrive in Gujarat on June 15.Light rainfall is expected at isolated places in Ahmedabad, Valsad, Anand, Vadodara, Tapi, Dang, Bhavnagar and Amreli along with winds of 30-40 kph over the next five days. Light drizzling was seen on the outskirts of the city like Dholera, Dhandhuka and Bavla.On Friday, Ahmedabad remained the second hottest place in the state with 41.5 degrees C and Surendranagar the hottest at 42 degrees C.
RAJKOT: The unsparing heat took a backseat briefly in Amreli and Bhavnagar districts after several villages and towns regaled under sudden downpours on Tuesday. The atmosphere changed all of a sudden and rain accompanied by gusty winds pounded villages of Savarkundla in Amreli and Jesar and Vallabhipur in Bhavnagar district. While the wet spell provided the much-needed respite from sweltering heat, farmers became sanguine about good monsoon. However, mango and onion crops were damaged in some villages. Harvesting of these two crops has entered the last leg. Locals said it suddenly turned overcast at around 3pm and strong winds began to blow. Within minutes, there was rain with thunderstorms. The downpour was so sharp that it resulted in waterlogging on many village roads as well portions of state highway connecting Amreli and Bhavnagar towns. The waterlogging also resulted in traffic snarls in many villages. Winds also uprooted several trees which caused road blockages for some time. Rajkot, Ahmedabad and other parts of Saurashtra region also witnessed a sudden change in the weather. According to the weather department, lightning with surface wind of 30 km to 40 km per hour accompanied with light to moderate rain was likely at the isolated places of Surendrangar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavangar in the next five days. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely at isolated places in the districts of North Gujarat region namely Banaskantha and Ahmedaba, Kutch, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts as well as Surat, Valsad, Navsari and in Daman & Dadra Nagar Haveli, an IMD bulletin stated.
Parts of Amreli and Bhavnagar districts experienced mild showers even as the state awaits the southwest monsoon after a scorching May. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of light to moderate rainfall across the state this week.According to the district flood control room, thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds were reported from Lathi, Amreli Savarkundla and Rajula talukas of Amreli as well as parts of the adjoining Gariyadhar taluka of Bhavnagar district. The control room added that 46 millimetres or around two inches of rainfall was reported from Lathi taluka in eastern part of Amreli district.Rain was reported from Vanda and nearby villages in Savarkundla taluka as well as in Mota Agariya village in coastal Rajula taluka.“However, there are no reports of any rain-related accident,” an officer of the control room said.Jesar and Vallabhipur talukas of Bhavnagar district also received light showers Tuesday evening.Meanwhile, the IMD has predicted light to moderate rain or thundershowers in Saurashtra’s Surendranagar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts and north Gujarat region’s Banaskantha and Ahmedabad districts on Wednesday.The rest of the state will continue to experience dry and hot weather, the IMD forecast issued Tuesday said. Generally, the south-west monsoon hits Gujarat coast around mid-June and covers the entire state by the end of June.“As pre-monsoon activity for next 4-5 days, districts of Saurashtra including Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Surendranagar and southern districts too will receive light rainfall,” said IMD regional director Manorama Mohanty. The normal date of onset of southwest monsoon in Gujarat is June 15. However, the state reported arrival of southwest monsoon in its southern parts of Valsad on June 9 last year, nearly five days earlier.This year, so far, there is no forecast of monsoon onset for at least 3-4 days, said Mohanty.As per the IMD forecast till June 12, “Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in the districts of North Gujarat region namely Banaskantha and Ahmedabad; in the district of Saurashtra namely Surendranagar, Rajkot, Botad, Amreli and Bhavnagar. Light to moderate rain very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Valsad and Navsari.”This is expected to result in a dip in temperatures. On Tuesday, Ahmedabad recorded the highest maximum temperature of 42 degrees Celsius. Other centres with high temperatures were Gandhinagar at 41.6, Surendranagar 40.7, Deesa 40.6, Vadodara 40.2 and Amreli at 40 degrees Clesius.
Ahmedabad: The city got a respite from the humidity and heat of the unusually hot summer on Tuesday with the season’s first rainfall - albeit light in nature. Some parts of the city including Navrangpura, Paldi, etc received light showers for some minutes during evening hours even as almost all parts of the city experienced gusty winds with cloudy weather and lightning.Some commuters were caught unawares and fell down on the slippery roads. Manorama Mohanty, head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Gujarat, said that it’s pre-monsoon activity and local in nature. “The state is yet to receive the seasonal rainfall, but some parts including Bhavnagar and Amreli received rains on Tuesday due to a local system. It’s not likely to continue for Ahmedabad. But some parts of of South Gujarat and Saurashtra would receive light showers for the next few days,” she said. The city recorded maximum temperature of 42C, which was 1.2C higher than normal. At 27.9C, minimum temperature was almost at par with normal. Ahmedabad was the hottest in Gujarat, followed by 41.6C in Gandhinagar, 41.1C in Vallabh Vidyanagar and 40.7C in Surendranagar. According to the IMD, light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind of 30-40 kmph is expected in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Amreli, and Bhavnagar for the next four days. On Tuesday, Lathi in Amreli received 46 mm rainfall, whereas Jesar and Valbhipur in Bhavnagar district received 11 mm and 2 mm rainfall respectively.
Ahmedabad: During a review meeting on Tuesday, the elected wing of the city civic body conveyed their displeasure at monsoon preparations and told officials to be available on the phone 24x7 to attend to emergencies. The opposition leader in the civic body accused the civic body of issuing tenders for desilting worth crores when the monsoon has already set in.At the meeting presided over by the mayor, Kirit Parmar, Hitesh Barot, the standing committee chairman of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) told all officials to be prepared to attend to emergency calls at any hour for the entire monsoon season.The standing committee also instructed officials to take immediate measures to deal with rain-related contingencies. The committee ordered the setting up of monsoon control rooms, speeding up monsoon preparations in newly added areas, clearing of catchpits and desilting of drainage lines so waterlogging can be prevented.The committee asked officials to be prepared to address waterlogging complaints, especially in underpasses, and to resolve them as soon as possible. Civic officials were also told to check if utility companies have completed road repairs after opening roads for works such as laying of gas pipelines and optical fibre networks. Officials were also instructed to check if street lights are working and to check the base strength of light poles and trees to thwart accidents on rainy days.Shehzad Pathan, the Congress councillor from Danilimda and leader of opposition in the AMC, said that according to the rules, the civic body must finish preparation two months before the onset of the monsoon. “They have floated tenders worth crores when the monsoon has already set in,” Pathan said.
The Southwest monsoon has made its landfall in Gujarat, but Amdavadis will have to wait a bit longer to receive a good amount of rain. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted no rainfall in the coming days. Meanwhile, the director of relief chaired a meeting of the weather watch group on Tuesday.The Southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. On Tuesday, there was rain at isolated places in districts of Devbhumi Dwarka, Surendranagar, Amreli, Kheda, Banaskantha, Dahod, Gir-Somnath and Valsad. But most of Ahmedabad remained dry for the entire day though there was an overcast sky. As per the IMD, till Friday light rainfall is expected at isolated places in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Junagadh and Gir-Somnath, but in case of Ahmedabad rainfall is expected only on Friday.Meanwhile, the meeting of the weather watch group chaired by the director of relief in Gandhinagar, the weather scenario in the state was discussed, besides information on the Sardar Sarovar Dam filled with water up to 34.93% capacity was shared. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the weather department, NDRF, SDRF, Agriculture, Energy, Health, CWC among others.Ahmedabad and Vallabh Vidyanagar remained the hottest place in the state on Tuesday with 38.5 degree celsius followed by Gandhinagar with 38 degree celsius and Rajkot with 37.8 degrees.
The Southwest monsoon finally made its landfall in Gujarat on Monday, initially covering parts of South Gujarat and regions of Saurashtra two days ahead of schedule. While rainfall is expected to take place in several parts of Gujarat over the next two days, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued a warning to fishermen not to venture into the sea in Kutch and Saurashtra.The Southwest monsoon which arrived in Kerala on May 29 was three days earlier than its usual schedule.Though the progress slowed down a bit, the monsoon continued its northward journey where it covered states like Goa, Northern Karnataka and the Konkan region of Maharashtra, including Mumbai. This was followed by the monsoon entering Gujarat on Monday. On Monday, several districts such as Amreli, Gandhinagar, Banaskantha, Kheda, Patan, Kutch, Jamanagar among others received rainfall. The maximum amount of rainfall was received by Dhansura taluka in Amreli district which received 70 millimetres followed by Mansa in Gandhinagar with 65mm and Chotila in Surendranagar with 58mm.The rain also brought in a huge fall in the maximum temperature over the entire state, with Ahmedabad recording a maximum temperature of 34.7 degrees, which is 5.3 degree below the maximum temperature on Sunday. Other than Kandla Port which recorded 40 degrees, all other districts of state recorded a temperature of less than 40 degrees Celsius.As per the IMD, rain is likely at isolated places in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Surat, Vapi, Valsad, Navsari, Mehsana along with Saurashtra and Kutch. Meanwhile, fishermen have also been warned not to venture into sea till June 17 off the coast of Saurashtra and Kutch.On Monday, several districts such as Amreli, Gandhinagar, Banaskantha, Kheda, Patan, Kutch, Jamanagar among others received rainfall. The maximum amount of rainfall was received by Dhansura taluka in Amreli district which received 70 mm, followed by Mansa in Gandhinagar with 65mm and Chotila in Surendranagar receiving 58mm.
The southwest monsoon marked its onset in Gujarat Monday, two days ahead of its scheduled arrival, with heavy rainfall in northern and Saurashtra districts of the state, even as three of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed following heavy rain in Morbi district late Sunday.Also, over 48 kutcha houses in Tapi district were damaged due to highspeed winds Sunday night, leaving them to take shelter in nearby safer areas. No casualty has been reported.The family was sleeping in their house in Sundaribhavani village under Halvad taluka when a wall collapsed on them. A woman, her husband and the latter’s brother suffered serious injuries and died on the spot. They were in the age group of 25 to 30 years, an official from Halvad police station said.In another incident, a woman was killed after being struck by lightning in Jhikiyari village of the district on Sunday evening.Rainfall was recorded in 91 talukas across 33 districts on Monday with Dhansura in Aravalli district recording the highest rainfall of 70 mm in 12 hours from 6 am.Pre-monsoon activity has been witnessed in the state over the past week.Other areas that received heavy rainfall were Mansa in Gandhinagar at 65 mm, Chotila in Surendranagar at 58 mm and Modasa in Aravalli and Vijaynagar in Sabarkantha that received 50 mm each.Patan, Banaskantha, Kheda, Amreli, Jamnagar, Kutch, Anand, Devbhumi Dwarka, Mahisagar, Surat, Junagadh, Chhota Udepur, Morbi, Vadodara, Dang, Bharuch, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Bhavnagar, Tapi, Porbandar, Navsari and Dahod received heavy rainfall.As per the district flood control department of Navsari, a water logging incident has been reported at the railway culvert wherein people were facing problems and along with this some of the low-lying areas were inundated into the rainwater.The rainfall measured in Navsari, Tapi and Dangs district in last 24 hours till Monday evening is Khergam 27 mm, Chikhli 8 mm, Jalalpore 20 mm, Navsari 7 mm, Ahwa 10 mm, Saputara 63mm, Vaghai 34 mm, Subir 21 mm, Valod 5 mm, Songadh 17 mm, Nizar 2mm.According to the district administration office, over 48 houses in 7 grampanchayats in Kukarmunda taluka of Tapi district had witnessed damages due to the high-speed winds and rainfall Sunday night. The roofs of the houses were flown into the air, in some houses, the wall collapsed and many other houses were damaged. The home inmates shifted themselves to a safer places due to such high-speed winds.The Tapi district administration had on Monday sent their teams to the spot in the villages to assess the damage caused by high-speed winds.Tapi district collector H K Vadhvaniya said, “We have carried out a survey and got its report about the loss. Our teams had talked to each and every person in the districts whose houses were damaged due to high-speed winds. We will prepare a report about such loss and sent it to state disaster management department in Gandhinagar. They will allot grant and then we will distribute it to beneficiaries. We are taking care of them and have supplied food packets to them.”The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of heavy rainfall for Tuesday and Wednesday across the state and light to moderate rainfall till June 17.“Heavy rain very likely at in districts of Kutch, Devbhumi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Morbi, Patan, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli and Gandhinagar. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely in districts of Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch,” the IMD forecast for Tuesday stated.Light thunderstorm with lightning accompanied with light to moderate rain is very likely in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Navsari and Valsad as well as in all the districts of Saurashtra and Kutch on Wednesday.Sunday’s rainfall resulted in a dip in temperature to below 40 degrees Celsius across the state, barring Kandla port. Kandla airport recorded 38.8 degrees Celsius, Bhuj and Surendranagar 37.8, Deesa 36.6, Gandhinagar 36.5, Rajkot 36.3, Keshod and Naliya 36, Bhavnagar 35.4, Ahmedabad 34.7, Vadodara 34.6, Porbandar 34.4, Valsad 34 and Surat 33 degrees Celsius. (With PTI)
Ahmedabad: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday said that the southwest monsoon had advanced into parts of central Arabian sea, most parts of Konkan region in Maharashtra, Mumbai, some parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.‘Conditions are favourable for further advance of monsoon into some parts of north Arabian sea, remaining parts of Konkan, some parts of Gujarat state during next 48 hours. Conditions would continue to become favourable for further advance of monsoon into some more parts of north Arabian Sea, Gujarat state during subsequent 2-3 days,’ mentioned the forecast for monsoon. Some of the areas of the city recorded light showers. tnn
RAJKOT: In a pre-monsoon activity in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, six people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Morbi, Surendrangar and Kutch districts since Sunday night. The rain continued on Monday also in the parts of Saurashtra and Rajkot city. According to the police three people were struck by lightning in Bharada village of Dhrangadhra taluka of Surendrangar district on Monday when they were grazing the cattle, one person died while two injured are being treated at a government hospital. The deceased is identified as Bikha Bharwad (30). Two more people died of lightning during rain in Khari Sim area of Bhachau taluka of Kutch district on Monday noon. The deceased are identified as Babu Halepotra (28) and Saraddin Halepotra (27). They both were residents of Khavda in Bhuj taluka and they were grazing cattle. Three people died when a wall collapsed in Sundribhavani village of Halvad taluka in Morbi district on Sunday evening. Three family members went to the farm when there was heavy rain accompanied with wind and thunderstorm. These three people, including a couple, took shelter near a Kaccha room built in a farm for the rest. The wall of this room collapsed and all the three crushed under the wall. The deceased are identified as Vaghji Degama (30) his wife Rajuben Degama (26) and Vagji’s younger brother Sheela Degama. (28). However they could not be rescued because in the rain nobody was knowing about this incident. When they did not return home the villagers came in search at the farm and found their dead bodies under the debris.
AHMEDABAD: The southwest monsoon arrived in Gujarat on Monday, two days ahead of schedule, bringing heavy showers to Mahisagar district and some other parts of the state, an official from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The conditions were favourable for further advancement of the monsoon in some parts of Gujarat, the IMD centre at Ahmedabad said in a bulletin on Monday afternoon. Rainfall and thunderstorm are expected in parts of the state during the next five days, the official said. "The southwest monsoon entered Gujarat on Monday. Generally, the expected date of the arrival of monsoon in the state is June 15," Manorama Mohanty, head of the meteorological centre here told PTI. The northern limit of monsoon passed through Diu and Surat, she said. Light to moderate rain and thundershowers are expected at a few places in all districts of the Gujarat region, Saurashtra-Kutch and the Union Territory of Diu, Daman & Dadra Nagar Haveli during the next five days, according to the IMD. Parts of Gujarat received showers in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am Monday. Mahisagar in north Gujarat receiving heavy rainfall during the period, the IMD said. As many as 91 talukas received showers, with the maximum 76 mm rainfall recorded in Mahisagar district during this period, as per the data shared by the State Emergency Operation Centre. On Monday, parts of Surat, Kheda, Aravalli, Ahmedabad and Anand district also witnessed showers, the SEOC said. In Morbi district, three members of a family were killed after a wall of their house collapsed, police said.
Sharp showers broke the heat spell in the city on Sunday night. Residents poured out on the streets to welcome the first rains, while some commuters were caught off guard and scurried for cover.Several parts of the city like Vastrapur, Gota, Sola, Vadaj, Maninagar, Bodakdev received heavy rain after 9 pm. Several other places received light drizzle. IMD had said that Southwest monsoon will advance further and was likely to make landfall in the state on Monday.Meanwhile, the city witnessed heavy lightning and thunder during rains in the night which lasted for close to an hour in some areas.Pre-monsoon showers also continued in several parts of the state, with Santrampur in Mahisagar district receiving 75 mm rain, Junagadh city 43 mm and Vadia in Amreli district with 34 mm.As per IMD, rainfall is expected in a majority of the districts of Saurashtra, north Gujarat and south Gujarat over the week. On Monday, heavy rainfall may take place in Dangs, Tapi, Narmada, Navsari and Valsad along with the Saurashtra districts of Morbi, Jamnagar and Rajkot.Temperature on Sunday saw a marginal fall in all districts. Gandhinagar had 40.6 degrees Celsius, followed by Ahmedabad and Deesa at 40 degrees C.
Relief from the intense heat is on the horizon as the Southwest monsoon is set to enter Gujarat by Monday. According to IMD, monsoon has covered most parts of the Konkan region of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, and conditions are favourable for it to move into Gujarat borders by Monday and then further into other districts of the state.The Southwest monsoon made landfall in Kerala on May 29, three days earlier than the usual June 1. Currently, conditions are favourable for its further advance into Gujarat. If it enters the state on Monday, it will be two days earlier than the usual June 15.Meanwhile, pre-monsoon activity continued over many districts in the state on Saturday. Till 6 pm in the evening, Gir-Gadhada taluka in Gir-Somnath district received 54 mm of rain, followed by Subir taluka in Dang district with 48 mm and Kukarmunda taluka in Tapi 35 mm.Several areas in Ahmedabad like Gota, Jagatpur, SG highway, Anandnagar among others also saw some pre-monsoon light showers.Ahmedabad remained the hottest place in the state on Saturday with 41 degree Celsius, followed by Gandhinagar 40.4 degrees C and Deesa 40.2 degree C.
AHMEDABAD: The city's maximum temperature was 42.6 degrees celsius on Monday, which was the highest in the state. It was 1.9 degrees higher than the normal. The minimum temperature at 27.9 degrees was almost at par with normal. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast mentioned pre-monsoon activities from Wednesday onwards which would bring the temperatures down. 'No large change in maximum temperatures during next 24 hours, thereafter fall by 2-3 degrees Celsius during subsequent four days very likely,' mentioned the forecast. The forecast indicated light to moderate rain in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Dang, Amreli and Gir Somnath from Wednesday onwards. IMD Gujarat officials said that monsoon might keep the date with the state.
AHMEDABAD: The city remained the hottest in the state at 42.5C on Sunday. It was 1.8C higher than the normal temperature. At 27, the minimum temperature was 1 lower than the normal. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, on Monday the maximum temperature is likely to be around 42C. "No large change in maximum temperatures during next 48 hours, thereafter fall by 2-3C during subsequent 3 days very likely," mentioned the forecast. The forecast added that on June 9, some parts of the state including Valsad and Navsari are likely to receive light to moderate rain or thundershowers. Apart from Ahmedabad, the other cities that recorded 42C or more maximum temperatures included Surendranagar (42.4C), Vallabh Vidyanagar (42.1C), Gandhinagar and Amreli (42C).
Ahmedabad: The south-westerly winds brought in a bit of respite as after three days, the city recorded temperature below 43°C. On Friday, the maximum temperature was 42.3°C, which was 1.3 degrees higher than normal. At 27.5°C, the minimum temperature was 0.2 degrees lower than the normal.On Saturday, the maximum temperature is likely to be around 42°C, mentioned the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. “No large change in maximum temperatures during next 4-5 days very likely,” mentioned the forecast.The city was the second hottest in Gujarat after Kandla, that recorded maximum temperature of 43.2°C. The other weather stations with over 41 degrees included Vallabh Vidyanagar (42.1°C), Gandhinagar (42°C), Amreli (41.8°C), and Deesa (41.4°C).
AHMEDABAD: The city recorded a maximum temperature over 43 degrees celsius for the second consecutive day on Thursday, 43.2 degrees. This was 2.2 degrees higher than normal. On the other hand, the minimum temperature was 27 degrees, which was 0.7 degrees lower than normal. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the maximum temperature in the city is likely to be about 42 degrees on Friday. 'No large change in maximum temperatures for next 4-5 days very likely,' the forecast said. The city was the hottest weather station in the state along with Kandla at 43.2 degrees. They were followed by Surendranagar at 42.8 degrees, Gandhinagar at 42.5 degrees, and Amreli at 42.2 degrees.
AHMEDABAD: Since March 24, the city recorded only one day of maximum temperature below 40 degrees celsius - making it one of the hottest summers in the past one decade with 68 days of continuous high temperatures. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday released a report of May and forecast of June where north Gujarat and Kutch were the two regions with above normal maximum temperatures, whereas almost entire state was marked for the above normal minimum temperatures. According to IMD data, the long-range average (LRA) for maximum and minimum temperatures for Ahmedabad were 41.6 degrees celsius and 27 degrees respectively. This year, the city recorded average temperatures of 42.6 degrees and 28.1 degrees respectively. The city also recorded 45.8 degrees celsius maximum temperature on May 11, which was the second hottest in the past 10 years. The month, however, was a bit cooler than April which recorded much higher than average temperatures. The impact of southwesterly winds in the second half of the month helped bring the temperatures down, said the Met department officials. Manorama Mohanty, the IMD Gujarat chief, said that rather than the overall temperatures, what sets 2022 apart is the continuous high temperatures. "Over the years, we see variation in the temperatures with gaps between heatwaves. This year, we saw the waves in succession along with temperature not going below 40 degrees since end of March. Thus, it makes the year one of the hottest," she said, adding that the IMD forecast has indicated relatively cooler period in June. The IMD forecast for monsoon has also predicted a normal monsoon for Gujarat this year. 'Southwest monsoon seasonal (June to September) rainfall over the country is most likely to be normal (96% to 104% of long-period average (LPA). Monsoon seasonal rainfall over the four homogeneous rainfall region is most likely to be above Normal for Central India (>106% of LPA) and South Peninsula (>106% of LPA),' mentioned the IMD release, adding that La Nina conditions are likely to continue over the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
Ahmedabad: The city recorded maximum temperature of 42°C, which was the highest among cities and towns in Gujarat on Monday. It was followed by Bhavnagar at 41.2°C as well as Gandhinagar and Surendranagar at 41°C.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), this was 0.3 degrees higher than the normal. The minimum temperature was also 0.3 degrees higher than normal at 28°C. “No large change in maximum temperatures during next 4-5 days very likely,” mentioned the forecast. The southwesterly winds however provided respite to the citizens in the evening and night hours with cooler breeze.
AHMEDABAD: The city recorded maximum temperature of 42°C, which was the highest among cities and towns in Gujarat on Monday. It was followed by Bhavnagar at 41.2°C as well as Gandhinagar and Surendranagar at 41°C. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), this was 0.3 degrees higher than the normal. The minimum temperature was also 0.3 degrees higher than normal at 28°C. "No large change in maximum temperatures during next 4-5 days very likely," mentioned the forecast. The southwesterly winds however provided respite to the citizens in the evening and night hours with cooler breeze.
ByAyushi Gaur and Yesha ChauhanOnly One Earth’, says the theme of World Environment Day 2022. Focussing on leading a sustainable life in harmony with nature, the theme is about possibilities of shifting to a greener lifestyle through both policies and individual choices. Here in aapnu Amdavad, Mirror identified six Green Warriors, who started this revolution years ago, to set the ball rolling and bring in more awareness of leading a sustainable life and how it helps nurture and repair the world we have taken for granted. Pankti Pandey, Lokendra Balasaria, Aalap Parikh, Sheetal Bhatt, along with founders of green spaces like Café Aarambh and The Greenstraw, tell us about their green journey and how they are trying to ‘Save the Earth’ one step at a time.On W.E.D today, let’s vow to take some inspiration from these Amdavadis who are doing their bit for Mother Earth.Engineering agreen coursePankti PandeyEngineerDuring the lockdown, I began posting about sustainable practices on Instagram, and the response was phenomenal, people were engaging. I believed in my purpose. My posts were about composting, plastic awareness, waste management, nature-friendly cleaners and cutlery, and other small everyday things. People began picking up the practices themselves too. With more than 2.5L followers on Instagram, I teach people about sustainable practices and waste management with content creation, for over 5 hours in a day.I have also curated a list of waste recyclers across India to help people make the process easier. Recently, the Cosmopolitan Award for Sustainability nominated me as one of the best influencers.Green Philosophy: Our next generation will be able to make no use of the money we save for them, if we do not save natural resources for them. That should be our priority, as by 2030, this will become an alarming cause for worry.Walking the nature talkLokendra BalasaraiaUrban Planner, EcologistA decade ago, I noticed people cutting trees in and around their homes, citing reasons like trees dirtying the courtyard, and difficulty to maintain. That’s when ‘Tree Walks’, an initiative for the environment was born in 2013. In this free of cost drive for nature, we create awareness about a zillion causes like understanding species, nontoxic gardening, composting kitchen waste, kitchen gardening, lake studying, water bodies and aquatic plants research, air quality analysis and prevention, rain water harvesting and plant healing sessions. The once-in-a-month walk are conducted in various botanical/open spaces sees wide participation from locals. The results of our efforts have been overwhelming as we have had over 1,600 people joining us, nationally as well as internationally. Green philosophy: We begin taking from nature right from when are born. Even when we die, we end up using woods from nature. But there is no giving back to our Mother Nature. It is high time we do it.In thebusinessof greensAalap ParikhBusinessmanAt home, we have eight-kilowatt solar panels installed which run on credits for us. The second most important thing I practise is rainwater harvesting. We have an 8*30 space dug up, covered with cement that collects rainwater falling on our roof and transports it into the ground through a pipe. Our house is 900 square yards and we make the best use of it for the environment. To reduce carbon footprint, we removed our lawn, and replaced it with a kitchen garden. Lawns take up too much of water without bearing any benefits. We rather made a garden of over 300 trees where we plant vegetables and fruits like ladies’ finger, chillies, brinjal, tomato, spinach, fenugreek, coriander, etc. Of my four cars, I sold off three to ensure our house is carbon-free. One good thing I have observed after bringing about these changes in my lifestyle is that our garden attracts beautiful pollinators too, that today, are rarely to be seen. Green philosophy: Mother Earth, tera tujhko hi arpan. We will be happy internally, only if we keep our nature happy as our body is nothing but an amalgamation of five natural elements.Rooting for the green routeSheetal BhattGujarati food chroniclerI started almost 15 years ago – the first step being refusing to take plastic bags and bottles, by carrying my own. Refusing and reducing the use of single-use plastic is not an option but more of a mandatory requirement. I began walking the path of composting, making bio-enzymes, taking up rain water harvesting, planting native trees, turning kitchen waste into green energy, harvesting solar energy and growing our own vegetables. Actually, my garden produces more than enough to feed my entire family.These are the baby steps I have taken towards minimising our carbon footprint. I have discerned how changing lifestyle and people being attracted towards luxurious lifestyle has distanced them from nature and led towards depletion of natural resources. I’d like to quote Kabir here, ‘Kaal kare so aaj kar, aaj kare so ub pal mein pralaya hoyegi, bahuri karoge kub’ (Do the work that needs to be done now. There is no better time than now). Refuse and reduce. The fragile ecosystem cannot wait, the time to act is now.Being a development professional, food writer and Gujarati food chronicler, ‘theroute2roots’ is the journey I have embarked upon to document local and native foods, the rapidly fading food practices and traditions of Gujarati cuisine. Along the way, I talk about the joys of home-cooked foods made using local and seasonal produce. Foods that are now termed as must-haves, super foods, millets, whole grains, whole foods, etc, have always been and continue to be an integral part of our food culture.Don’t you remember the times, the old traditions when handmade things were preferred and entire meal had recipes made by women of the family? When dadis and nanis had their way of hiding their secret recipes. I aim at bringing forth all the traditional local recipes, all that essence of food being love language, I work towards conserving local social ecosystems.Green philosophy: I believe, charity begins at home, what you wish to see other people doing, start doing it yourself first.Beginning of a green chapterCafé AarambhLocation: Nehru Foundation, CEE campusAt this one-of-a-kind ‘Slow Food Café’ in the city, we serve local, seasonal, wholesome, organic food, at the same time, generate low waste. We use fresh vegetables, fruits and spices brought directly from farms by local farmers, keep processed food and refrigerated, stored food items at arm’s length.Café serves new recipes prepared entirely using seasonal ingredients every day. These food items in a life of healthy being is a must, changing lifestyle over the period of time has led to many increased problems and diseases which were not too common in the recent past. We aim at spreading a word about healthy eating and connecting people to nature rather than building expensive ambience and dragging nature away from humans.We also aim at reducing use of plastics, we don’t use plastic bottles to serve water, instead we use glass cutlery. Along with avoiding plastic which generates less waste, we segregate unavoidable plastic wastes such as vegetables or grocery bags and transport to green cycling department where they convert, recycle and reuse the waste. We produce our own bio-enzymes which are organic cleaning solutions that are produced by the fermentation of citrus fruits, jaggery and water. We decompose food waste and organic material to prepare a compost which is used to improve soil, used as a fertiliser for growing plants.A unique and considerable plan executed by the brilliant emerging brains of the state, ‘Aarambh’ is a great initiative towards sustainable living and a positive influence in the lives of youngsters.The café – nestled among greenery on the beautiful CEE campus – aims at bringing back long lost local dietary culture among upcoming generation.Setting up green foundationPooja MathurCo-founder, The GreenstrawLocation: 32, Usmanpura VillageThe Greenstraw foundation has proven to be one of the best promoting and supporting platforms for events and workshops to make people aware about sustainable living by providing alternatives to lead a least impact life.We also run awareness campaigns by identifying various environmental factors that needs to be addressed in our communities. You may see this place as a co-working space, a café, an eco-friendly store or a space to expand and build the community of humans that try their best to do more every day, do something new, to create a world that is better for all of us.The foundation even provides a space to self- help group and local artisan communities associated with practising sustainability on various factors, to showcase their work. It works as a bridge between freelancers, artists, educators, musicians, and anyone and everyone who comes up with more ideas, leading towards sustainability and implementing their ideas in a right manner.
Thousands of farmers on Thursday gathered in Palanpur of the Banaskantha district in north Gujarat to demand the state explore the possibility of filling the water reservoirs — Karmavat Lake and Mukteshwar Dam with Narmada water to resolve water shortage of the area.More than 20,000 farmers of 125 villages of the Vadgam and neighbouring Taluka joined the protest rally. “People of the area are facing severe water shortage for more than two decades as annual rainfall is less and underground water is depleting. The only solution is — these two reservoirs should be filled with Narmada water,” said M.M. Gadhvi, member of the farmers protest organising committee.Giving details about the water reservoirs, farmer leaders said that Karmavat lake is spread over 98 hectares, Mukteshwar dam water capacity is around 30 million cubic meter. If water is drawn from Narmada canal, from Didrol village of Sidhpur Taluka, the pipeline can be first laid up to Mukteshwar dam and from the dam to Karmavat lake. At present the underground water level is at 800 feet.”Their demand is genuine, the region has been facing water crisis for a long time. There is no permanent solution, as it is rain fed. Annual rainfall is very less due to which the water shortage has become acute,” said Shankar Chaudhary, BJP leader, chairman of the Banaskantha District Milk Producers Union (Banas dairy).He added that in crisis, farmers have to purchase water tankers to feed domestic animals. If these water reservoirs are filled with Narmada water, it can recharge underground water, because of which groundwater level can increase.He said Banas dairy too has launched a programme to dig lakes in the region with people’s participation. This will reduce dependency on Narmada waters, if there is good rain.”Technical possibilities will be explored, such as how to lift water from the Narmada canal and take it up to the said reservoirs,” said Anand Patel, Banaskantha Collector.A meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Wednesday, in which irrigation and water supplies engineers too were present. They were asked to work on technical possibilities. Soon the problem will be addressed, said Anand Patel.
India’s power demand during May 1-17 is estimated at 196 GW and it is higher than expected as the demand is driven by sustained warmer-than-normal weather, said S&P Global Commodity Insights.Temperatures for the first half of the month were 2 degrees Celsius higher year-on-year for India, while certain regions, such as Delhi, were 4 degrees C higher.”The May development is a continuation of the situation in April, when a temperature-driven increase in power demand set a new all-time high record and averaged 194 GW. The hot weather in Delhi is expected to get a relief over the next few days as rain is forecast for May 20-24.”S&P Global Commodity Insights assumes normal temperatures going forward and expects power demand for May to September at 182 aGW, which is an increase of 10 aGW year on year.In May 2021, there was a nationwide lockdown for several weeks, which limited power demand.India is expected to import 11-13 million mt of thermal coal in April and May 2022 ahead of the monsoon season. Imports during summer of 2022 is expected to average around 14 million tonne per month through September, though significant downside risk remains to this forecast.”Seaborne imports continue to be constrained by elevated seaborne spot price levels throughout 2022 and this forecast remains above the previous year average of 12 million tonne per month for the same period.”
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted light rain at isolated places in some districts of South Gujarat on Wednesday even as light showers were received at isolated places in Rajkot on Tuesday.As per the IMD, light to moderate rainfall is expected to take place in the South Gujarat districts of Navsari, Valsad along with the union territory of Daman & Dadra-Nagar haveli. Whereas all other places in the state are expected to remain dry.On Tuesday, Ahmedabad recorded a maximum temperature of 41° Celsius with windy conditions. Ahmedabad was the third hottest place in the state while Surendranagar remained the hottest at 41.5°C followed by Rajkot at 41.1°C. In the coming days no large change is expected in the maximum temperatures.
Ahmedabad: Heavy rain and hostile winds in Delhi brought more than 900 unscheduled fliers streaming into the Ahmedabad airport in the early hours of Tuesday, and 263 of these passengers in addition to 17 crew members were aboard a turbulence-hit Air Canada flight. Five crew members and three passengers suffered injuries and were offered treatment at Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. At least five domestic and two international flights were diverted to Ahmedabad in the small hours of Tuesday because of the bad weather in Delhi. The other international flight was the Newark-Delhi service operated by United Airlines. The five domestic flights were those that connected Varanasi to Jaipur; Surat to Jaipur; Chennai to Delhi; Hyderabad to Jaipur; and Delhi to Jaipur. As for the Air Canada flight, AC42 from Toronto to Delhi, it had children and the elderly among its passengers, said sources. A passenger on that flight, Satish Shah (name changed to protect privacy), said: “Just before we were about to land at the Delhi airport, an in-flight announcement informed us that the flight will be diverted to Ahmedabad.” Shah added: “Even before the announcement was completed, there was a massive turbulence due to which many passengers collided with the seats in front of them and sustained injuries.” He went on to say: “We all had our seatbelts fastened since the flight was preparing to land in Delhi and therefore the injuries were minor.” Shah said: “Soon after we landed in Ahmedabad, every passenger underwent a medical check-up and the necessary first aid was given.” A team of medical experts was deployed to examine the passengers. The national capital had been battered by rain and winds which hampered the movement of several flights at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport. “Our first priority always is the safety of our flights, crew and passengers. Air Canada’s crews are highly skilled professionals in handling all situations onboard safely. The Captain requested immediate priority to land at Ahmedabad. The flight landed normally and the crew did an exemplary job of assisting passengers,” Air Canada said in a statement in response to a TOI query. “Medical personnel met the aircraft to assess and treat injuries. Seven of the eight affected passengers and crew have all been released, with the last passenger expected to be released soon. Accommodations and meals were arranged in Ahmedabad for all passengers,” the statement further added. The aircraft has undergone a full maintenance check in Ahmedabad, and the flight will resume to Delhi on Wednesday local time. Customers have been rebooked to their final destinations. Passengers arriving on the diverted flights were provided refreshments and food at the Ahmedabad airport, sources said. Nevertheless, the passengers had to contend with the chaos stemming from the struggle to find their baggage and timely connecting flights to Delhi. Scores were stranded for hours in Ahmedabad. Sources said that some passengers who arrived from Newark reported that their baggage was missing. Some of them took to social media platforms to voice their concerns. A distressed passenger aboard flight UA82, Bhavesh Kookani, posted: “UA82 flight diverted to Ahmedabad last night, and passengers deplaned at 4am. It’s been 4 hours and bags have still not arrived.” The post added: “AI ground staff responsible for managing on United’s behalf are nowhere to be seen… Many passengers have missed their rebooted connections and are now left fending for themselves without a semblance of support or response from both United and Air India ground staff.”
Several parts of the national capital received rainfall last night bringing respite from the scorching heat on Saturday.As per the India Meteorological Department, the city will see a cloudy day on Saturday with the temperature hovering between maximum 39 degree Celsius to 29.8 degree Celsius.Apart from the drop in temperature, very light rain and thunderstorms are also expected that would be accompanied with gusty winds blowing at a speed of 30 km/hour to 440 km/hour.As per IMD update at 8.30 a.m., the city was having a relative humidity of 37 per cent. The wind was blowing in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 14.7 km/hour.The city observed sunrise at 5.28 a.m. and the sun will set at 7.08 p.m.Meanwhile, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) said the Air Quality Index (AQI) was 320 for PM10 and 94 for PM2.5.As PM10 went over 300, the department issued a ‘poor’ health advisory which stated that people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.Delhi has 36 monitoring stations that accurately record the levels of both particulate matters.Usually, the air quality is categorised as ‘good’ when the AQI is between 0 to 50; ‘satisfactory’ between 51-100; ‘moderate’ between 101-200; ‘poor’ between 201-300; ‘very poor’ between 301-400; ‘severe’ between 401-500; and ‘hazardous’ at over 500.In the past 24 hours, the maximum temperature was recorded at 44.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season’s normal.
A deadly cholera outbreak linked to contaminated drinking water has infected thousands of people in Pakistan as the country grapples with a water crisis exacerbated by a brutal heat wave.Temperatures in parts of Pakistan have reached record levels in recent weeks, putting the lives of millions at risk as the effects of the climate crisis are felt across the subcontinent, reports CNN.Cholera cases were first identified in Pir Koh, a remote mountainous town in Balochistan province, on April 17.Since then, more than 2,000 people have been have been infected and six have died, CNN quoted Ahmed Baloch from the provincial health department as saying.Residents in Pir Koh say they have no access to clean drinking water.The lack of rain this year has caused nearby ponds to dry up, with their only source of water being a pipeline which had “rusted and contaminated the water supply”, said local resident Hassan Bugti.”Residents are forced to drink dirty water,” he said.Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered “emergency relief measures” to curb the cholera outbreak in Pir Koh, and the military has been called in to help provide mobile water tanks to ensure clean drinking water gets to the population and set up medical camps to treat the sick, CNN reported.The outbreak comes as Pakistan faces a serious water crisis and an early onset heat wave that the Pakistan Meteorological Department said has been persistent across the nation since the start of the month.