Published On : Wed, Jun 26th, 2013
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Mighty rains maroon Nagpur; Streets turn into river; Downpour to continue for next 48 hrs

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Nagpur News: The non-stop heavy downpour for the entire day on Tuesday led the people of Nagpur to experience what they never confronted before in the month of June. Though the rains arrived on time but the downpour recorded till date is much higher as compared to the rainfall recorded during the corresponding period in any year in the known history of Nagpur. Next 48 hours are reportedly very critical going by the forecast of continuous rains on Wednesday.

The torrential rains turned the city streets into rivers. Vehicles remained off roads as the mobility was nearly equal to zero due to water logging in major parts of the city. People were seen wading through the knee-deep waters gushing through the streets and into the houses located in the low-lying areas. There were reports of water flooding into many households.

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According to the Regional Met Office, the size of low pressure area had gone bigger than expected, resulting into thunderous downpour. “It is probably for the first time in the history of Nagpur that such a heavy downpour is recorded in the month of June,” informed Abdul Siraj Khan, Assistant Meteorologist at Nagpur office.

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He said the mighty rains are the result of vast expansion of low pressure area at very little height in south-west. The low pressure area is stretched in 1000 kms of expanse and its height is not more than 6 kms. Due to such wide expansion, the low pressure area has turned into ‘well marked low pressure area’ that is tilted towards south-west. This is bringing heavy rains in major parts of Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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He said the pressure clouds are likely to advance through northern Madhya Pradesh to Ganganagar in Rajasthan. “Once it moves forward then only Nagpur can get some respite from rains. And it may take another 48 hours,” he added. He said currently the entire cyclonic circulation is formed from Mumbai to Kolkata.