Normal life across Goa was thrown out of gear on Monday morning as heavy rains, accompanied by gusty winds, pounded several parts of the state causing flooding and uprooting trees.
According to the automatic weather station data from the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Goa, Mapusa recorded 110 mm rainfall till 12.30 pm, followed by Pernem (79 mm), Old Goa (56 mm), Panjim (53.5 mm), Margao (53 mm) and Mormugao (24 mm).
The capital city, Panjim, witnessed heavy water-logging in several places, bringing to mind the question of pre-monsoon preparedness of the Corporation of the City of Panaji.
The incessant rain-induced flooding came to haunt the Goa Medical College (GMC) subway at Bambolim, and people driving on the service road, next to the GMC, were stuck in traffic due to the breakdown of a vehicle on the route.
Miles away on the busy Anmod Ghat (Goa-Belgaum route), a landslide disrupted vehicular traffic, catching motorists off-guard.
According to the Panjim Fire Brigade control room, its personnel attended to eight emergency calls since 7 am today. An operator from the department said that some of the emergency calls were being attended to and fresh data was awaited.
Meanwhile, the IMD has warned that rains will intensify further for the next two days, and has issued an orange alert till July 6, 2022. It has advised fishermen not to venture out into the sea.