PUNE: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for heavy to very heavy rainfall in Central Maharashtra and Konkan and Goa till August 8. The Regional Meteorological Office (RMO), Colaba issued a very heavy rainfall warning in Palghar, Raigad, Thane district, Nashik, Pune, Satara including ghat areas which may receive very heavy rainfall till August 8.
The IMD said Mumbai, Suburban Mumbai, Palghar, Raigad, Mumbai City, Pune, Nashik, Nandurbar and parts of Konkan and Goa and Central Maharashtra reported heavy rainfall on Sunday. As on Sunday, Maharashtra has 24 per cent excess rainfall. Due to heavy rainfall in the ghat regions of Pune, Nashik and Satara, there was extremely heavy rains in the river basins across the State on Sunday.
Upper Bhima River basin reported 491.1 mm between June 1 and August 4, which is 22 per cent excess rainfall. Similarly in Upper Krishna basin, there has been 664.8 mm rainfall for the season, which is 35 per cent in excess rainfall.
Pune district on Sunday reported a total of 72.7 mm rainfall,which was 809 per cent in excess for the day. In Pune city, 12.9 mm rainfall was reported by IMD between 8.30 am on Sunday and 5.30 pm on Sunday. Between 8.30 pm on Saturday night to 8.30 am on Sunday morning Pune city reported 45.9 mm rainfall.
Nandurbar, Kolhapur, Nashik, Sangli, Satara, Jalgaon and Dhule from Central Maharashtra reported very good rainfall on Sunday. Central Maharashtra now has 48 per cent excess rainfall.
As of Sunday, Konkan and Goa had 40 per cent excess rainfall between June 1 and August 4. In Marathwada, Parbhani, Nanded, Latur, Hingoli reported excess rainfall on Sunday. Though the rainfall deficiency in drought-hit Marathwada has significantly reduced, there is 18 per cent rainfall deficiency between June 1 and August 4.
In Vidarbha, only Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Yavatmal reported good rains on Sunday. Vidarbha now has a three per cent rainfall deficiency between June 1 and August 4. The IMD predicted that between August 6 and August 8, there will be heavy rainfall in Vidarbha, Konkan and Goa and central Maharashtra.
“Only Marathwada has fairly widespread rainfall till August 8. But in Central Maharashtra and Konkan and Goa the red alert will continue till August 8. But in Vidarbha, there is an alert from August 6 till August 8,” said Anupam Kashypai, Head of Weather at IMD, Pune.