Rains continue to pound Pali, Jalore

Jaipur, July 29 : Rains continue to inundate Pali district in Rajasthan. And in Jalore district, Army came to the rescue of 540 girl students and teachers as their hostel got waterlogged.

At least 60 mm of continuous downpour has been recorded over the past 24 hours, making the authorities open at least 11 gates of Jawai dam in Pali district. This has been done after 54 years. This was done in the year 1963 when rains deluged the entire area. Many houses in the villages have been inundated this time.The road linking Sumerpur to Shivganj has been closed.

The Jawai river originating in the Aravalis in Udaipur district is overflowing and is the reason behind the need for opening the 11 gates of the dam. Jawai is a tributary of Luni river. Its catchment area lies in Udaipur, Pali and Jalore districts.

Pali’s climate otherwise is a local steppe climate. There is not much rainfall in Pali all year long. The rainfall averages around 462 mm the year round. But this year, continuous rainfall has turned the weather pundits wrong.

In Jalore district, which has also been witnessing incessant rains, the Army swung into action in Bhainswara. Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Girls Hostel got waterlogged last night and the hostel authorities sought help of Army. The hostel is located at Bhianswara, 5 km from Ahor towards Jalore town. At least 540 girl students and teachers were shifted to a safe place with the help of Army.

In Kota, the water is flowing over 3 feet in the Kota barrage. Baran district is also witnessing continuous rains and clocked seven inches.

State capital Jaipur is also witnessing light rains since morning today.

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