Monsoon red alert for Goa, remain safe, remain indoors

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Panaji: As the coastal state continued getting rains on the weekend, the Indian Meteorological Department has issued ‘red alert’ notice to the state of Goa predicting heavy rains on Sunday.

The nowcast weather warning issued on Sunday by the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted “moderate to heavy spells of rain accompanied with winds of speed 40 to 50 kilometres per hour gusting to 60 kmph.

The IMD has issued red alert in the nowcast weather warning issued on Sunday.

The department has said that at 08.25 hrs (of Sunday), clouds were present over talukas of Pernem, Tiswadi, Bardez, Bicholim and Sattari (all in the North district of the state).

“More clouds are approaching from the Arabian Sea. More talukas are also likely to get affected as clouds are moving generally in the north-eastern direction,” the IMD has said.

The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has activated its control rooms in both the districts (North and South Goa). “Extremely heavy rains are forecasted for Goa in next 24 hours. Public are advised not to venture into water logged or flood probe areas,” reads the warning issued by the SDMA.

Drishti Marine, Goa’s state government appointed lifesaving agency, on Sunday adviced people “not to venture into the rough seas, on account of the excessive rainfall in the state caused by a combination of cyclonic meteorological conditions in Karnataka and surrounding areas, as stated by the IMD.”

The lifesaving agency has said “the meteorological department has said that heavy rain is expected in Goa over the next three days, making sea conditions challenging, with water levels rising and under-water currents intensifying along with coastal belt and a low pressure belt forming over the East Central Arabian Sea off the South Konkan-Goa beaches.”

“Owing to the cyclonic conditions in the Arabian Sea, Drishti Marine advises people not to venture into the sea due to high water levels and rough water conditions observed along Goa’s coastline,” it adds.

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