HEAVY RAINS, though somewhat intermittent, lashed the State Capital once again during the last two days, spurring fear and apprehension among citizens. The rains that started on Wednesday morning continued through the night and through entire Thursday, totally drenching the City and breaking all possible records for August.
More than 100 mm of rains had been recorded in 33 hours ending 5.30 pm in the City, while during the same period the Airport (Bairagarh) recorded 126.4 mm of rains.
Heavy rains were still continuing into the night and were expected to continue overnight. During the 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Thursday, the City recorded 56.4 mm and airport recorded 61.0 mm, while from 8.30 am to 5.30 am, the City recorded 47.0 mm and airport recorded 65.4 mm of rains.
By 5.30 pm on August 31, the City had recorded as much as 1279.7 mm of rains, 402.8 mm more than that expected during the season. Most of this rainfall was recorded during August. During the month, the City recorded as much as 903.9 mm of rains which is as much as 596.2 mms more than the normal expected rainfall for the month (307.7 mm). Before this the highest ever rains recorded during month of August was 767 mm in 1973.
Also during the month, the record of highest rains in 24 hours was also broken on August 13/14 when 29 cm of rains was recorded at Bhopal Airport (City had recorded 32 mm of rains). Before this in 1973, 28 cm of rain was recorded in 24 hours.