Cyclonic circulation triggers more unseasonal rain in Gujarat

Hailstorms were reported from Dhoraji in Rajkot district and from many places in Kutch district(AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Spelling more trouble for the farmers already reeling under crop losses due to the recent unseasonal showers in Gujarat, heavy rain lashed several parts of the state for the second consecutive day on Thursday, due to an ‘induced cyclonic circulation’, officials said.

As per data shared by the Gujarat government on Thursday, isolated places in Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat region received light to moderate rainfall in the past 24 hours (ending 8pm on Thursday). Hailstorms were reported from Dhoraji in Rajkot district and from many places in Kutch district. Unseasonal showers were reported from Jamnagar district and Jamkhambhaliya in Devbhumi Dwarka district also.

According to the officials of the MeT Centre here, some more rain is expected on Friday in these regions. “Unseasonal rain in some parts of Gujarat can be attributed to an ‘induced cyclonic circulation’ over southwest Rajasthan. This system would bring rain at isolated places in Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat on Friday too. Weather would become clear after November 16,” said Jayanta Sarkar, IMD regional director.

The IMD also issued a “weather warning” saying thunderstorm and lightning accompanied by gusty winds up to 30 to 40 kms per hour is very likely at isolated places in Kutch on Friday.

In 24 hours till 8 pm on Thursday, Dhrangadhra taluka of Surendranagar district received the highest rainfall of 60 mm, followed by Amreli taluka of Amreli district (16 mm), Malia of Morbi (14 mm), Suigam of Banaskantha (9 mm), Morbi taluka of Morbi district (8 mm) and Vav of Banaskantha (6 mm).

Congress has been taking out rallies in Saurashtra since Wednesday, demanding government pay compensation and insurance companies pay crop insurance to those farmers whose crops have been damaged by excessive rainfall.