Heavy showers throw wet blanket over Pune

72mm In 36 Hrs, No Respite For One More Day
The monsoon returned to the city with a vengeance on Saturday and Sunday after a dry spell lasting weeks. The city recorded 72mm rainfall in the 36 hours from 8.30am on Saturday to 8.30pm on Sunday . The wet spell is likely to continue on Monday too.However, the rains brought along the usual attendant problems like heavy water-logging on the roads, trees getting uprooted and a massive power outage of up to 24 hours for residents of NIBM Road, Kondhwa, Wanowrie and Fatimanagar.

Till Sunday evening, the Khadakwasla catchment had recorded 53mm rainfall, with Varasgaon and Panshet getting 49mm and 46mm respectively .Of the 25 major dams in the Bhima basin, seven were full capacity including Panshet. The ongoing monsoon made up for time lost over two weeks, as rains lashed Pune with a vengeance.

For 36 hours -from 8.30am on Saturday to Sunday 8.30pm -the city received 72mm of rainfall. And if the official word is anything to go by , this will continue for another 24 hours.

The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) Shivajinagar observatory recorded 44.2mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 8.30pm on Sunday , as incessant showers threw a wet blanket across the city .

In the same 12-hour period, the Lohegaon observatory recorded 52.8mm, and 81.8mm rain from 8.30am on Saturday .

The IMD has forecast no let up in the rain for 24 hours, following which the intensity is set to drop.

Waterlogging, trees getting uprooted and massive power outage were but a few of the problems faced by the residents in several areas. Thanks to the rain, and also because it was a Sunday , people stayed indoors, so there were few traffic jams.

The city’s fire brigade received 32 phones calls complaining of fallen trees or branches on the roads. There were no injuries reported, but two cars -one each in Kalyaninagar and Pune Camp -were damaged. The station duty officer told TOI that they had to chop the trees or branches to open the roads to traffic. They also got four complaints of waterlogging. The officer said they used water pumps to ease the problem.

Met officials attributed the revival of showers to a vigorous southwest monsoon over the central parts of Maharashtra -from Nashik in the north to Kolhapur down south -and Marathwada. The monsoon has also been active in Vidarbha, and Konkan and Goa.“Heavy rainfall activity in western Maharashtra and Madhya Maharashtra is due to a low-pressure area in the Vidarbha region. Similar spells are likely in the coming 24 hours,“ said an IMD official.

According to the Met department, Pune, Sunday’s rainfall was the highest recorded in a 12-hour span since July 1.On June 15, Pune had witnessed 56mm of rainfall. Three days later, the city recorded 43mm.

The heavy rains also pushed down Pune’s maximum temperature. On Sunday , the maximum temperatures at Shivajinagar and Lohegaon were at 22.1°C and 21.8°C respectively , which was a deviation of 5 degrees from normal. The minimum temperature at Shivajinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 21.3°C, while Lohegaon recorded 21.2°C.

Not only in Pune, widespread rains were also recorded in many cities in the state on Sunday , with Vidarbha being the exception. In Ahmednagar, there was 112mm of rainfall till 5.30pm. A weather station at Santacruz recorded 86mm of rain till 5.30pm, while Mumbai experienced 43mm of rainfall. At Mahabaleshwar, there was 22mm of rainfall.

Aurangabad in Marathwada recorded 35mm of rainfall on Sunday , while Parbhani and Nanded got 51mm and 35mm respectively .

Source : TOI