Heavy showers lash state
Heavy and widespread rainfall during the last 24 hours slightly affected life and preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi, as the meteorology centre at Altinho recorded an average of nearly 70mm of rainfall in the state, making it the wettest spell during the month.
But people in the state braved the intermittent heavy rainfall to give final touches to their preparations, ranging from last minute purchases to decorations and other details.
Old Goa recorded the highest rainfall of 123.5mm (04.8 inches) till Wednesday morning, while Canacona received 98.6mm, Panaji and Mapusa 90.0mm each, Ponda 80.5mm, Sanguem 74.3mm and Quepem 63.0mm.
There were no major incidents of any damage or loss, but a compound wall constructed by Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) at Ladfem sports ground, near Bicholim town, collapsed due to the heavy downpour.
The loss was estimated to be 5 lakh. The heavy rain continuously for nine hours also affected life in Bicholim. The retaining wall had been built to prevent in flow of rain water from entering the ground. Firemen were quick to clear the debris from the ground. Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal also visited the spot and assessed the situation.
A few traders, especially those selling matolli items were among those who suffered losses. “Heavy rains damaged our matolli items and we had to bear the losses,” Chandravati Gaonkar from Cudchirem said.
The other centres that recorded rainfall on a slightly lower scale were Mormugao 48.2mm, Margao 38.5mm, Sakhali 35.6mm and Valpoi 35.4mm.
A well-marked low pressure area over south Odisha and neighbourhood, which concentrated into a depression has reactivated the south west monsoon with less than two weeks left for it to recede.
“It is likely to move west-northwestwards during next 24 hours,” according to India meteorological department (IMD) website.
The wet spell during the last couple of days has reduced the deficit, which had risen to 25% some time earlier, has now reduced to 21%, closer to normal. A deficit rainfall of 19% or even a surplus of 19% is considered in the normal range.
The total seasonal rainfall has now touched 2263.9mm as against the normal of 2852.7mm.