PANAJI/MAPUSA/BICHOLIM/CALANGUTE: Friday brought rain to only half of the 13 centres in the state. Despite weeks of pre-monsoon works across Goa, several places complained of flooding. This led to disruption of vehicular and pedestrian movement. Mormugao recorded very heavy rainfall of 181.2mm, the highest during the last 24 hours, as the monsoon crossed over to Ratnagiri.
While some areas received sparse rainfall, Margao recorded heavy rainfall of 89.3mm, Canacona 85.8mm, Ponda 68.8mm, Pernem 67.1mm, Panaji 70.8mm. Rainfall in other centres was moderate as Mapusa received 45.4mm, Old Goa 27.3mm, Quepem 26mm, and other centres on a lesser scale.
Starting from the state capital to remote Pernem, waterlogging emerged as the primary problem. While the Corporation of the City of Panaji put in numerous hours trimming branches and unclogging drains, the Bal Bhavan junction and Miramar circle was once again flooded this year. Wasting no time, CCP deployed a team to open up the drains while mayor Vithal Chopdekar and municipal engineer Sachin Ambe supervised the work. But till afternoon, water remained stagnant.
The situation in Pernem was no different. With heavy rains from Thursday night onwards, several stretches, especially the Keri-Agarwada arterial road from the northern end to the southern end of the taluka, were flooded. School children, parents and others found commuting a challenge and it was only when the rains subsided that the situation eased.On Friday, the state witnessed occasional spells of showers, but for most part of the day it was either a long drizzle or heavy downpour for a short duration. There was knee-level flooding on the Arambol-Paliem plateau and some roads in Mandrem. Four-wheelers had to take alternative routes to avoid these stretches. Heavy traffic jams and vehicle breakdowns were part of the morning rush hour.
While Bicholim and Sattari came out of a three-day downpour with no flooding, the rains caused losses worth lakhs of rupees due to trees collapsing. Khotode resident Tukaram Gholkar suffered a loss of Rs 2 lakh while Dinesh Mayekar and Nitesh Mayekar from Mayekarwada, Maulingem, jointly suffered a loss of Rs 2 lakh after their houses were damaged by trees.
The Calangute-Candolim beach-belt remained largely incident-free on Friday. Both village panchayats had taken up pre-monsoon works on a priority. A large number of drains and cross drains have been constructed in the last few years by the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA) in the Calangute area, of which Calangute MLA Michael Lobo is the chairman. Besides, desilting of nullahs and other water bodies had also been undertaken by the panchayats through the PWD to prevent any flooding problems.
The India meteorological department, Panaji, has issued a red alert for Saturday . “There may be extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in both districts,” IMDdirector M L Sahu said. The intensity of rainfall is likely to decrease slightly from Sunday.