PANJIM: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday put Goa on red alert predicting extremely heavy rainfall for next two days (July 18 and 19).
In its weather bulletin, IMD stated that extremely heavy rainfall, exceeding 20 cms in a day is expected in the next two days.
“Considering the impact of active monsoon, red alert is issued for Goa’s districts on July 18 while the conditions for July 19 are being monitored,” IMD said.
“There is a possibility of formation of a low pressure area over North-West Bay of Bengal around July 21, very heavy rainfall (115.6-204.4 mm of rainfall in 24 hours) is likely to continue for about a week, with scattered and isolated spatial distributions,” it added.
The department said, “The increased rainfall activity will continue and the areas vulnerable to landslide and flooding may be monitored. The water levels in rivers may be monitored and necessary precautions may be taken.”
IMD informed that offshore trough at mean sea level now runs from Maharashtra coast to Karnataka coast, a cyclonic circulation over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and neighbourhood between 1.5 kms and 4.5 kms above mean sea level, an east-west trough running from North Arabian Sea to the cyclonic circulation over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and neighbourhood across north Maharashtra and Telangana are currently bringing heavy rains to Goa.
The State has been witnessing surplus rains for nearly a week. A 17 per cent excess rainfall has been recorded so far for the season.