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Monsoon to hit Goa by June 6 or 8

31 May 2017 06:07am IST
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31 May 2017 06:07am IST
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Pre-monsoon showers uproot six trees in South Goa, turn Ponda roads muddy

Team Herald


PANJIM/MARGAO/PONDA: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Goa on Tuesday said the monsoon has reached Kerala and that it will hit Goa by June 6 or 8. IMD also predicted light to moderate showers across the State in the next 24 hours, even as it rained in several parts of the State.

Speaking to Herald, IMD Director M L Sahu said, “What we are experiencing are summer showers and not pre-monsoon showers. Today monsoons have reached Kerala two days before the scheduled date. Till date monsoon advancement is normal. The actual date for monsoon is still not forecast but tentatively we can say that by June 6 or 8 monsoons shall arrive.”

Asked whether the Mora cyclone would affect Goa, Sahu said, “Due to formation of low pressure belt over the Bay of Bengal the cyclone is shifting north-east. The cyclone is crossing Burma and it will not affect Goa.”

“Light rain/thundershower occurred at most places over Goa. The highest maximum temperature of 35 degrees was recorded at Panjim,” the IMD report said.

The pre-monsoon showers in South Goa resulted in uprooting of as many as six trees. 

Four trees got uprooted in Sanvordem and Quepem, but caused no damage to properties. The fire fighters were busy all day getting the fallen trees cleared.

A tree fell on to an Innova car in Canacona damaging the vehicle. The fire fighters removed the tree and cleared the site.

Meanwhile, the MMC has still not been able to provide sufficient workers to Margao Fire Station for relief works.

“The MMC is always late in providing labourers, due to which fire fighters doing the job of labourers,” complained an officer at the Margao fire station.

Heavy pre-monsoon showers brought relief to locals from sweltering heat and they also turned the roads in the taluka muddy and slippery. 

The excavated mud dumped along the roads flooded the roads hampering movement of motorists and pedestrians.

Since past few months, sewage-line laying work is progressing, for which road are dug up along various stretches; recently, trenches were dug along the shoulder of roads for laying domestic gas pipeline. However, the excavated mud has not been refilled which resulted in the roads becoming muddy and slippery after the pre-monsoon showers.  

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