Published On : Tue, Jun 25th, 2013
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Incessant rains cease normal life in Nagpur; Heavy downpour in next 24 hrs likely

Nagpur News: As the incessant showers continue to lash Nagpur and surrounding areas after a week’s break since Monday morning, the constant rains entered its second day on Tuesday.  Routine activities were badly hampered as water filled roads splashed with the crawling traffic. Many of the citizens preferred a day back home over sips of steamy tea and coffee along with plate of hot pakoras. People in various areas were seen struggling to move on the water jammed streets. Nagpur Municipal Corporation officials too were busy preparing plans for monsoon as it usually wakes up in the eleventh hour to tide the deteriorating situation.

As the monsoon turned active all over, major parts of the country witnessed the rains beyond normal. Even Nagpur and entire Vidarbha region have received excessive downpour which further caused worry to the crops.

Abdul Siraj Khan, Assistant Meteorologist at Met department told Nagpur today that the city received 7.23 cm rainfall during the last 24 hours while Mouda in Nagpur district recorded 14.4 cm rains in the last 24 hours.  Etapalli in Gadchiroli district received highest rainfall of 15.04 cm during the same period. Mulchera in same district stood third in gathering rains upto 13.7 cm.

He said since low pressure area over Bay of Bengal was developed at much lower height of 7-8 kms and greater area of expanse, it tilted towards southwest which comprises the skies over Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. This caused vigorous rains in Nagpur too. Though low pressure area was yet to reach Nagpur, it rained incessantly here. He predicted heavy rains in the next 24 hours as the low pressure area would reach over city skies on Wednesday.  “So it is going to remain same at least till tomorrow,” he said on Tuesday.

Citing the reasons for such heavy showers even at the onset of monsoon, he explained that unlike previous years, this year pre-monsoon activities were quite less, which facilitated the heavy rains. He said during past years it often rained heavily before monsoon which weakened the showers but this year the condition was otherwise.

Commenting upon the crop scenario owing to constant drizzle, he said since most of the farmers are busy cultivating their lands and sowing, it hardly affects much. But if the situation persists it may harm agriculture.