Thursday, July 22, 2010

In 12 hours, Kodinar gets 355.6mm rainfall

22 July 2010 - Times of India

Heavy to very heavy rains have been reported from all across Saurashtra, with Kodinar and Talala receiving maximum rainfall in the past 24 hours till Wednesday evening. While more heavy showers have been predicted in the next 72 hours.
According to the state meteorological department, Kodinar witnessed a cloud burst type of situation in which 355.6 mm of rainfall was reported. Similarly, Talala also experienced heavy rains at 254 mm of rainfall by Wednesday evening, bureau reports said.

"Flash floods were reported in Kodinar and Talala, where people living in low-lying areas were evacuated to safer places on a war-footing. Total rainfall of the season in Kodinar has now gone up to 680 mm. Areas like Viratnagar, government quarters and Ravi Complex in Kodinar were deluged with most of the shops remaining shut and people indoors. In Talala, Hiran river experienced a flash flood which swamped Tirupati Nagar area. A house in Tirupati Nagar was struck by lightning. However, no casualty was reported," said a district administrative official from Junagadh. However, no untoward report was received from any place in Junagadh.

Other talukas to receive major rainfall were Una, Visavadar and Sutrapada apart from Junagadh city. Schools and colleges in both Kodinar and Talala remained closed due to heavy rains. Following flash flood in Hiran river in Talala, water was flowing seven feet high on the bridge linking Sangodragir area, turning it into a virtual island disconnected from administrative help. Reports said, in Kodinar, two gates of Shingoda dam were opened after it started overflowing, while in Talala, 15 feet of water intake was reported in Kamleshwer dam.

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