Gujarat gets pre-monsoon showers

June 23rd, 2009 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Gandhinagar, June 23 (IANS) Amid worries of a delayed monsoon, large parts of Gujarat have received pre-monsoon showers in the 24 hours to Tuesday afternoon, an official said here.
A total of 56 sub-districts in 17 districts have witnessed pre-monsoon activity with rains ranging from 3 mm to 10 cm being received during the period, the agriculture department official said.

He said Kaparda sub-district in south Gujarat had received the maximum of 10 cm of rain during the period raising hopes of a fresh sowing season if more rains are received in the next 72 hours.

However, most districts that received pre-monsoon showers are in Saurashtra region, mainly Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Amreli, Surendranagar and Porbander.

In particular, the drought-prone Kutch district has not received any pre-monsoon showers and most reservoirs in the desert region have very little water left.

Most check dams in the state also have on average only 20 percent of water left, he added.

The spectre of a draught still lingers in the minds of the Gujarat farmers if the pre-monsoon showers do not continue for another one week before the arrival of the monsoons, the official said.

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