The heavy rainfall that lashed Goa has proved to be a blessing for the rain-deficient state, as the total cumulative rainfall reached 699.3 mm as on Saturday, reporting an 18 per cent rise in rainfall, which was 590.2 mm on Friday.
On Saturday, the state witnessed its highest 24-hour June rainfall and received two and half times more than the normal rain.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the rain deficit has now reduced to 18 per cent from 28 per cent, with the state receiving 109 mm of rainfall as against 40 mm normal rain in the last 24 hours.
As per the weather department’s classification, 15.6 mm to 64.4 mm of rain is considered ‘moderate’, 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm is ‘heavy’, 115.6 mm to
204.4 mm is considered ‘very heavy’ and more than 204.5 mm is ‘extreme’.
The chief amount of rainfall was received in Ela (Old Goa) 147.8 mm, Panaji 136.9 mm, Canacona 131.2 mm, Pernem 113.8 mm, Mapusa 110.2 mm, Margao 107 mm, while Dabolim, Mormugao and Margao recorded rain in the range between 100 mm and 107 mm.
The Met department, in its four-day forecast, said that the state is “very likely” to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places on June 30 and at isolated places on July 1, 2 and 3.
The intermittent rain has caused considerable damage to property due to trees uprooting and falling on houses, compound walls and retaining walls. In the last three days, the fire department attended to over 90 emergency calls.