Mumbai and its suburbs witnessed moderate rains in the last one day and the India Meteorological Department has Mumbai has predicted more moderate showers with strong wind over the next 24 hours. The local trains and bus services of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) were operating normally. There was no diversion of any bus service, a civic official said on Wednesday.
After heavy overnight downpour on Tuesday, the rain intensity reduced in Mumbai, he said. The city recorded 26.87 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period till 8 am on Wednesday, while the eastern and western suburbs recorded 31.38 mm and 33.06 mm downpour respectively in the same period, he said.
The IMD has predicted moderate rain in the city and suburbs with the possibility of heavy showers at isolated places in the next 24 hours. It has also forecast occasional strong winds with a speed of 40-50 kilometre per hour and very likely to reach up to 60 kmph.
For the second month in a row, river Godavari is in spate again, almost touching the first danger level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram near Rajamahendravaram in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.
Alluri Sitarama Raju district, which is yet to fully recover from last month’s deluge, is once again in the grip of a massive flood threat as discharge in the river inched to the 10 lakh cusecs (cubic foot of water flow per second) mark. State Disaster Management Authority Managing Director B R Ambedkar said in a release that the current inflow in Godavari stood at 9.80 lakh cusecs.
“We will issue the first warning signal by afternoon. We have accordingly alerted the officials of the districts along the river course to take required precautionary measures,” Ambedkar said. One team each of NDRF and SDRF have been stationed on Alluri Sitarama Raju district for rescue operations, he said.
Flood flow at upstream Bhadrachalam in Telangana crossed 12.58 lakh cusecs due to heavy rains in the catchment area.Tributaries of Godavari like Sabari have also been receiving heavy inflow due to the rains.
Villages, agriculture fields, roads, bridges and low-lying areas were flooded with rivers in spate in several districts of Odisha on Tuesday after torrential rain pummelled the state, especially the southern region. Coastal parts of Bengal, too, received moderate rainfall during the day.
A well-marked low-pressure area (Lopar) over the northwest Bay of Bengal concentrated into a depression and lay over western Odisha and about 30 km southeast of Sambalpur at 5.30 pm, the Meteorological Centre said. The system is set to weaken into a well-marked Lopar again over Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, it said, adding that the monsoon trough was passing through western and coastal Odisha.
According to the Met office, a red alert of extremely heavy rain of over 204 mm has been issued for a few places in Bargarh, Sambalpur, Angul and Keonjhar districts till Wednesday morning.
It put out an orange warning of very heavy rain in Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Deogarh, Angul, Mayurbhanj, Balasore and Bargarh districts on Wednesday. The Met department also predicted heavy showers across many districts over the next four days, adding that the monsoon trough was passing through the centre of the depression over coastal Odisha.
In Gangetic Bengal, too, districts are very likely to receive widespread rain till Thursday and also on Saturday with heavy rain at isolated places. Fisherfolk have been advised not to venture off the coast till Thursday as sea conditions will be rough and squally weather with wind speed of 45-65 kmph is possible over the northwestern Bay of Bengal.
The ports of Paradeep, Dhamra and Gopalpur have also been put on alert due to the inclement weather.
Heavy rains in Indore inundated low-lying areas of the Madhya Pradesh city where some cars were swept away due to the strong water current on roads, officials said on Wednesday. Alarmed by the situation arising due to heavy downpour since Tuesday evening, the district administration declared a holiday for schools on Wednesday.
A Meteorological department official said Indore recorded 108.9 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am on Wednesday. Rains are likely to continue in the city for the next two days, he said. We have sent civic teams to low-lying areas of the city to help the affected people. They have been directed to shift children, women and aged people to safer places first if the need arises, Indore Mayor Pushyamitra Bhargava told PTI.
The IMD has said that Telangana would get respite from the heavy rains from Wednesday, as light rainfall is forecasted in many parts of the state, over the next two days. For the next two days, Hyderabad is likely to record maximum and minimum temperatures in the range of 28 to 30 degrees Celsius and 20 to 22 degrees C respectively.
The IMD on Tuesday predicted isolated heavy rains in some parts of Kerala till Wednesday and widespread rains till August 11 as result of a newly formed depression near Odisha coast. The IMD issued a warning to coastal areas in Kerala and said there are chances of high tide, so the fishermen should not venture into the sea till Wednesday.
At the same time, major dams in the State, including the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki reservoir, Mullaperiyar, Idamalayar, Banasura Sagar, Kakki, and Pamba, among others, have been seeing excess water flowing into the rivers resulting in a minor rise in water-level. Ernakulam district authorities today said 350 cumecs of the water from Idamalayar, which reached Periyar river but there was no considerable rise in the water-level.
Periyar river has been receiving excess water from Idamalayar and Cheruthoni dam but the water- level has not gone anywhere near the flood warning-level. Even though there is no water rising in the river, the district authority has banned people from entering Periyar.
Rains continued to lash parts of Rajasthan with Sindhari in Barmer recording the highest 13 cm rainfall in the state in the last 24-hour period that ended on Tuesday morning, officials said. Sirohi district recorded 10 cm rain, Luni in Jodhpur gauged 8 cm, and Jaswantpura in Jalore and Salumbar in Udaipur recorded 5 cm rains each, the MeT department said.
Light to moderate rain was also recorded at some places in Bikaner, Pali, Jaisalmer, Banswara, Dungarpur and Bharatpur districts, it said. The department has issued a warning of heavy rain at some places in Banswara, Baran and Bundi districts in the next 24 hours.
Jammu and Kashmir
Weather remained dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the last 24 hours and the MeT department on Wednesday said that partly cloudy sky with light rain at isolated places is likely to happen. “Partly cloudy sky with light rain at isolated places is likely in J&K during the next 24 hours,” said an official of the MeT department.