Panaji: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in both the districts of Goa for Thursday, with the state government setting up disaster management helplines in case of any flooding.
The IMD bulletin issued on Wednesday evening has said that moderate spells of rainfall activity are going on over the talukas of North Goa district. The rain-bearing clouds are approaching from the Arabian Sea in North and South Goa, which is most likely to experience moderate to heavy rainfall spells on Thursday.
The IMD has said that the rain is most likely to be accompanied by winds of speed around 40 to 50 kmph over North and South Goa. The department has also forecasted that the isolated locations and ghats may receive prolonged spells of rain.
The department has predicted water entering homes in low-lying areas, fall of weak trees and weak structures, localized and short-term disruption of essential services, low visibility during intense spells and others.
Responding to the alert, State Disaster Management Authority has set up two different helpline numbers and control rooms one in each district.
“Heavy rains have been observed in Goa. People are adviced not to venture into flood-prone areas. In case of any emergency, please contact the control rooms,” the Disaster Management Authority has said in a media statement issued here on Wednesday evening.
As per IMD, the Panaji station of the department recorded 76.7 mm of rainfall on Wednesday taking the total seasonal tally to 1025.6 mm.