Monday, October 17: The western parts of Maharashtra are set to receive intense rainfall for the next few days as the southwest monsoon finally prepares to leave the state with a bang. On any normal year, monsoon would withdraw from Mumbai well before October 10. But this year, this may not happen until October 19.
After weeks of merciless and unrelenting rains, Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Satara, Kolhapur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Beed and Solapur districts in for particularly heavy rains this week.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), scattered to fairly widespread light or moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls (64.5 mm-115.5 mm) are very likely over Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan-Goa on Monday, October 17. While Vidarbha, Marathwada, Madhya Maharashtra and Konkan-Goa will experience such scattered to fairly widespread showers until Wednesday (October 19).
In view of these forecasts, a yellow watch will remain in place over Maharashtra for the forecast period so as to urge locals to ‘be updated’ about the inclement weather. Almost all districts in the Western parts of the state will also retain the yellow watch for the duration.
The wet conditions can be attributed to the cyclonic circulation lying over the southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Kerala coast and a trough running from this cyclonic circulation to the southwest Bay of Bengal.
The unforgiving rain’s impact on Maharashtra
Levels of the Manjara dam that supplies water for irrigation to Latur and neighbouring areas in Maharashtra have reached almost 90% of storage capacity, leading to officials stating on Friday that its gates may have to be opened if rains in the catchment areas continue. And given the prevailing precipitation activity, the villages nearing the dam have been asked to stay alert.
Meanwhile, the incessant rains have damaged Kharif crops in Maharashtra despite successful sowing this year. The state’s cotton, tur, soybean, onion and sugarcane fields have been inundated following consistent rains for the last few days. And this may lead to farmers incurring huge losses while also potentially resulting in price hikes for the produce.
Further, Conjunctivitis cases seem to be on the rise in Mumbai over the past two weeks due to the rains. People are advised to take precautions and visit a doctor in case of any pain or discomfort in their eyes.
After overstaying its welcome in most parts of the country this year, the southwest monsoon finally began to withdraw from certain sections of Central India. Presently, its withdrawal line passes through Lumding, Kailashahar, Berhampore, Kanke, Bilaspur, Brahmapuri, Buldana and Dahanu, the IMD says. And conditions are likely to become favourable for further withdrawal of Southwest Monsoon from some parts of Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, interior Maharashtra and Jharkhand, some parts of interior Odisha and the entire West Bengal during the next two days.
Meanwhile, in the four-month monsoon period between June 1 and September 30, Maharashtra collectively recorded 1220 mm of precipitation, registering a surplus of 23%. Monsoon’s performance has exceeded expectations in October as well, with the state recording 92.3 mm of rainfall in the first half of this month and registering a ‘large excess’ of 75% for the period.
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