DELHI: After Mumbai’s record-breaking rain spell
of 94.4 cm in 24 hours, it could be Gujarat’s
Bhukan Lal, the
additional director-general at present heading the
India Meteorological Department, warned Wednesday
that the weather systems which rained down on Mumbai
are still active.
expect extension of the rain towards Gujarat,’’
said Lal. ‘‘This is slightly worrying.’’
Gujarat has already been through one bad spell.
share of rain on Wednesday decreased slightly but
IMD expects the system to continue for 48 hours, with
rain — less or more — in Maharashtra,
adjoining Karnataka, south-east Rajasthan, west MP
and many parts of Gujarat. For 24 hours certainly
and possibly, for 48 hours.
devastating spell broke the Santa Cruz record, with
94.4 cm recorded in 24 hours till 8.30 am Wednesday
— 38 cm came in just three hours on Tuesday,
from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Lal said this had broken
the earlier record of 37.5 cm, recorded on July 5,
1974. In fact, it’s the kind of rain Cherrapunji
in the North-East might more logically expect. Cherrapunji’s
high points have been 103.6 cm in 1876 and 98.5 cm
in 1974. IMD
attributes the rain which crippled Mumbai to four
reasons. First, a wellmarked low-pressure area off
the Orissa coast which has moved west and is now over
west MP and Chhattisgarh. It’s
a deep system. A low-pressure area is marked by sustained
wind speeds, moving anti-clockwise, of less than 17
knots . Pressure
converges in this circle of sorts, pushing in, the
air rises and if there is enough moisture, it may
translate into rain. ‘‘Well-marked’’
means it’s capable of turning into the bigger
daddy meteorologists label a depression. The
second reason: A strong current along the west coast.
Third, an offshore trough along the west coast —
when winds take sharp turns, the lines joining these
V or U points on a chart delineate the trough.
is one that’s off the coast. Fourth reason:
A localised phenomenon about Santa Cruz — essentially
a cloudburst, said Lal. Even
Marathwada, which was 66% short of its rain quota
on June 30, has now got 13% more rain than it might
have expected — and it’s still raining.
belt, it’s a mixed picture. North India shouldn’t
expect too much rain over the next couple of days,
warns IMD. Parts of Orissa and AP may get rain, however.
Overall, the monsoon kitty till July 26 shows the
country’s rain totalled 410.8 mm, against a
normal of 408.2 mm —1% more than would be usual.
and evil on wheels
NEW DELHI: The frequency
of rape incidents in moving cars in the Capital highlights
how a simple act of walking down the road has become dangerous
for a woman living in Delhi.
On Wednesday morning a 23-year-old housewife
was raped in a moving car, similar to the Dhaula Kuan
case, in which a Delhi University student was gangraped
by four men, also in a vehicle. Fear and nervousness grips
women at the approach of a car on a lonely road.