Pune: According to the data furnished by India Meteorological Department, between August 1 and 19, Kerala received 164 per cent excess rainfall, which amounts to 758.6 millimetre rainfall. Also, Kerala received 15 per cent excess rainfall in the month of June followed by 18 per cent excess rainfall in the month of July. However, the good news for Kerala is that IMD has forecast that rainfall activity is likely to decrease further gradually till August 24.
IMD in an official statement said that rainfall over Kerala has been in general above normal throughout the season. Especially, there were two consecutive active spells with above normal rainfall peaking around June 14 and June 20 respectively.
IMD officials noted that another peak rainfall activity was experienced around July 20. Also, a fresh spell of active rainfall commenced since August 8 and continued till August 16. Thereafter, there has been a gradual decrease in rainfall over Kerala.
“The above rainfall scenario prevailed till the end of July over Kerala and all of the major 35 reservoirs were close to full storage level and had no buffer storage to accommodate the heavy inflows from August 10. The continued exceptional heavy rainfall in August in the catchment areas had compelled the authorities to resort to heavy releases downstream into the rivers. Such a scenario, which continued for almost a week now, has caused overflowing of all river banks, leading to widespread flooding almost all over the state,” stated IMD officials.
Monsoon across India
The Southwest monsoon has been active over west Rajasthan, Saurashtra and Kutch, central Maharashtra, Telangana, coastal and south interior Karnataka and Kerala. It has been subdued over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu.
Since June 1 till Sunday, Maharashtra has experienced four per cent excess rainfall overall. For the state of Maharashtra, IMD has forecast heavy rainfall over Vidarbha, Marathwada and Vidarbha on August 21.
There has been cloudy weather in the city for the past few days along with some showers throughout the day. The weather is likely to remain the same, noted IMD forecast.
IMD predicted one or two rainfall spells during the day until August 25 in the city with day and night temperature remaining pleasant. Till Sunday, Pune has recorded over 361 millimetre rainfall since June 1.