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7/02/2007

'Monsoon behaviour unpredictable' says Met Office

Breaking Earth News Pakistan
KARACHI: The Met office contradicted its own statement when it said that the monsoon system had weakened and was stationary over India. It stated June 30, however, that the monsoons ‘are not likely to weaken’ and are expected to move west-northwest.

“These reports are not contradictory,” said DG meteorological services Dr Qamar-uz-Zaman. The monsoon system is unpredictable. It is now weakened, but it will move northwest and bring heavy rains to different parts of the country in the next four days.

The monsoon system is now practically stationary over central India, in a low-pressure zone. It may move towards southern Sindh, and later to curve towards Punjab, particularly affecting catchment areas - where rain naturally fills rivers and canals.

The monsoon will probably move to the Arabian Sea where it will get stronger and move along the Sindh-Balochistan coast. Heavy rains are forecast in many parts of Sindh over the next four days, particularly from July 3 in the morning till July 4 at night.

TORRENTIAL RAINS/ FLOODS

INDIA - the Met Department has said heavy rains will return soon in Mumbai. Floodwaters have receded in most areas and there were very few train and flight delays. For the 24 hours ending 8:30 am on Sunday Colaba recorded 44.7 mm of rain and Santa Cruz in the suburbs recorded 256.6 mm. However, for the rest of Maharashtra it was another day of heavy rain. 45 people have died across the state. With the Krishna river close to the danger mark, 5000 people living on the banks were shifted out of their homes. In Vidarbha, the rains continued to take a toll. With the Purna river overflowing, an alert has been sounded in 45 villages in Buldana district. In Amravati district, 50 villages still remain cut off. In the last 36 hours, seven people have died there. Meanwhile, all seven gates of the Irai Dam in Chandrapur district have been opened, submerging villages. And major roads in Gadchiroli are waterlogged, and in Kolhapur, the situation is tense with the water reaching the danger mark.

BRITAIN - The Met Office has early severe weather warnings of heavy rain in place for the whole of England and Wales until Tuesday.
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