City continues to get September showers
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Well-marked low pressure to bring more rain, dam levels at 80 per cent
The city continued to receive light showers on Tuesday with the Met department recording 1.5 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm. Most parts of the state also recieved good rain with Santacruz recording 27 mm rainfall, Ratnagiri 65 mm, Nagpur 51 mm and Gondhia 49 mm.
The Met department said the well marked low pressure area over Orissa and adjoining Chhattisgarh and cyclonic circulation over Gujarat region and neighbourhood is the reason for good rainfall in the state.
According to the Met department, the offshore trough along the Gujarat-Kerala coast is another reason for the continuos showers in the region that will last for the next 48 hours. The Met department has also forecast good rains in Konkan and Goa.
However, with the city seeing only light showers, the total rainfall recorded since June stands at 335 mm which is deficient by 117.4 mm.
Meanwhile, good rain in the catchment areas has taken the collective water storage to 23.07 TMC (80.96 per cent) in Khadakwasla dam, Panshet dam, Varasgaon dam and Temghar dam.
'This year's monsoon better than 2009'
With the monsoon deficiency in the country improving, the Met department has declared that this year's monsoon was better than the drought year 2009. Speaking on the sidelines of a function in the city, India Meteorological Department (IMD) director general Dr LM Rathore said all the monsoon months were deficient in rains in 2009 as compared to this year.
"The overall rainfall deficiency was 22 per cent in 2009. This year, the first two months were deficient but rainfall improved in August. Also, the rainfall deficiency this year is mostly in rainfed areas,'' said Rathore.
He added after the August rainfall, situation had become comfortable in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, south interior Karnataka but the deficiency was high in Kutch and Saurashtra.
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