New Delhi: While the entire western Rajasthan
has been hit by a spell of torrential rains caused by cyclone
Phet, measurements by a NASA satellite show that the heaviest
rainfall occurred over open waters of the Arabian Sea.
More than 600 millimetres or 23.6 inches of rains
occurred over the open waters of Arabian Sea, according to
data sent by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
satellite, the US space agency said.
TRMM is a "flying rain gauge" in space, and can provide
rainfall estimates from its position in orbit around the
Data accumulated from TRMM enabled visualisers to create
a map of rainfall generated by Cyclone Phet as it marched
through the Arabian Sea from May 31 to June 6.
While the heaviest rainfall occurred over open waters,
the cyclone triggered very heavy rainfall over parts of Oman
and Pakistan, NASA said.
"One area of northeast Oman received as much as 450
millimetres (17.7 inches), while Pakistan received between
150-300 millimetres (5.9-11.8 inches) as Phet made landfall
there this past weekend," it said.
The tropical cyclone brought not just strong winds but
also heavy rains to the Arabian Sea, the Arabian Peninsula,
and the coast of Pakistan in late May and early June.
Phet reached its greatest intensity off the coast of
Oman on June 3. After making landfall in Oman, Phet dissipated
somewhat, but remained organised enough to move back over the
Arabian Sea toward Pakistan.
Meanwhile, flood-like situation prevailed in the
drought-prone Jaislamer district of Rajasthan as torrential
rains caused by the cyclone hit the region badly.
According to officials, Jaisalmer received over 12 cm
rains followed by Jodhpur and Barmer which received 3 cm and 2