Rain disrupts telecom links

Team Sakal Times
Monday, 4 June 2018

Phones, Internet services were affected at times during the day in parts of city

Pune: The heavy rains reported in the State since Friday had a cascading effect on Sunday when communication services, Internet services and electricity supply were largely disrupted in the city, leaving residents fuming.

Dattatray Bhosale, a resident of Vadgaon Budruk area, said he has been facing connectivity issues since Saturday. “I am an IT professional and work from home. I run my projects using high speed broadband and monitor it real time,” Bhosale said, adding, “Since it rained, I have been having frequent disconnections and slower speeds on average. This has hampered my efficiency.” Electricity supply snapped at Narhe and Dhayari after tree branches fell on the electricity lines.

Interestingly, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that rainfall activity will further increase from June 6 onwards. Due to the advancement of the Southwest Monsoon along the west coast, conditions are favourable for occurrence of rain over Mumbai and Pune.

The intensity of showers would continue to remain light with one or two moderate spells until June 8. Thereafter, the intensity of rain is likely to increase over Mumbai and the other parts of the State, according to the IMD. 

In 24 hours starting from 8.30 am on Friday, Pune recorded 25.3 mm rain. Meanwhile, Santacruz observatory in Mumbai recorded a mere rainfall of 0.3 mm. 

In the same span of time, Nanded recorded 21 mm of rain, Sangli 28.5 mm, Vengurla 30.4 mm, Parbhani 11.6 mm, Mahabaleshwar 13.6 mm, Chandrapur 32 mm, Akola 15.2 mm, Amravati 11.2 mm, Beed 14.2 mm and Buldhana 10 mm of rains.

Total rainfall activity reported by the IMD during the past 24 hours on Sunday evening by 343 stations in the plains is 115.5 centimeters.

Normal rainfall for these stations is 154.5 centimeters.

As per Skymet Weather, an upper air cyclonic circulation lies over North Tamil Nadu and adjoining Rayalaseema. The same cyclonic circulation will be shifting northwards over to Telangana region. In fact, the northern limit of Southwest Monsoon has reached up to north coastal Karnataka.It is further likely to extend northwards during the coming days due to favourable weather conditions. Henceforth, light to moderate rain will continue to affect Pune and South Madhya Maharashtra. 

These on and off light spells of rain will continue until June 6. From June 7, the intensity of showers are expected to increase. Thus, moderate to heavy spells are expected over south Madhya Maharashtra, Pune, and south Konkan coast.

These activities are expected to persist over Mumbai.

Despite the monsoon activity in the state, northern parts of the country are still witnessing hotter days. Heatwave conditions prevailed in some parts of west Rajasthan on Sunday, reported IMD. The highest maximum temperature recorded over the plains was 48 degrees Celsius at Phalodi in west Rajasthan.

However, north India will soon witness a respite from the heat. The IMD has predicted that heavy to very heavy rains at isolated places are very likely over coastal and north interior Karnataka till June 7. During the same time, heavy rains at isolated places are very likely over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, coastalAndhra Pradesh, Telangana, south interior Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep.

The IMD has predicted that thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds and lightning are very likely at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh till June 7.

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