The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded an “orange” alert for Mumbai as the city is expected to receive “extremely heavy rainfall” in the coming week. Mumbai will remain on orange alert from Monday till Wednesday (August 11). Neighbouring Palghar and Thane district will also be on orange alert during the same period. In a previous bulletin, the IMD said Pune, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Satara will remain on “red” alert on Monday.
An orange alert indicates very heavy rainfall while the red alert indicates extremely heavy rainfall.
Apart from Mumbai, the coastal cities of Navsari and Valsad in Gujarat; Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada in Karnataka, and several districts of Odisha, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh will be on orange alert in the coming week.
Twenty two tourists stranded near a waterfall in Nashik following heavy rains were rescued, while one person was feared to have been swept away, police said on Monday. Efforts were on to trace the missing person, they said.
The tourists on Sunday evening went to see the famous Dugarwadi waterfall near the Dugara river in Trimbakeshwar taluka of the Maharashtra district. Local residents had warned them about the possibility of rise in the water level in view of the ongoing rains, but the visitors apparently did not pay heed to it and went into a valley to see the waterfall, an official from Trimbakeshwar police station said. After the water level rose in the area following heavy showers, the visitors could not return from there due to the darkness.
The IMS has issued orange and red alerts to northern districts of Telangana on August 8 and 9. An orange alert has been issued to the districts including Kumaram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Nizamabad, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Mahabubabad, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Warangal(Rural),Warangal (Urban), Janagaon, and Siddipet . A yellow alert indicating heavy rains has been issued in Adilabad, Nirmal, Jagityal, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, and Kamareddy districts.
A national highway was blocked following a landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district on Monday, officials said. Kinnaur District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC) said the landslide happened near Bhaba Nagar due to which the Ferozepur-Shipki La national highway number 5 has been closed for all types of vehicular movement. Bhaba Nagar sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Bimla Sharma said machinery has been deployed to clear the road so that traffic can be restored.
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Cloudbursts struck at least two villages in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district, killing a 15-year-old boy and prompting evacuation of some houses, officials said Monday. The Chamba District Emergency Operation Centre (DEOC) said Bhadoga and Kandhwara villages were hit by sudden heavy rains in the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.
At Bhadoga, Vijay Kumar (15) died and two other people sustained injuries, the state disaster management department said. At Kandhwara, a PWD bridge over Shalei Kandhwara nullah and agricultural land were damaged, they said. Meanwhile, five houses in the adjacent Gulel village were evacuated due to the overflow of water and people were shifted to safer places, the department said.
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A low pressure area, which formed on Saturday, concentrated into a well-marked system over the northwest Bay of Bengal, off the coasts of Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh, the Met office said.
It is expected to intensify into a depression during the next 48 hours and move northwestwards across Odisha and Chhattisgarh, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre explained.
A red alert of extremely heavy rainfall of over 200 mm has been issued for some places in Kalahandi and Rayagada districts till Monday morning, the Met office said, adding that the monsoon trough was passing through Jharsuguda.
Fisherfolk have been advised not to venture off the coast till Thursday morning as squally weather with wind speed of 45-55 kmph and gusting up to 65 kmph is very likely over the northwestern Bay of Bengal. The weatherman issued an orange warning of heavy to very heavy rain in the districts of Khurda, Puri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Gajapati, Ganjam, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Koraput for Monday.
Downpour can also occur in a few places in Cuttack, Balasore, Bhadrak, Bolangir, Boudh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara and Subarnapur. Extremely heavy rainfall was a possibility in a few places in Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Keonjhar on Tuesday. It may trigger flash floods, landslides or mudslides in vulnerable hilly areas and cause damage to susceptible roads and houses, the Met office stated.
In Bengal, isolated very heavy rain was likely in the south Bengal districts on August 9 and 10. The weatherman has forecast heavy to very heavy rain in the coastal districts of South 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur, while the other districts in Gangetic West Bengal are likely to receive heavy rain during the period, the Met office added.
Heavy rain continues to lash Karnataka through Monday. An orange alert issued in Karavali and Malenadu regions. An orange alert also been issued in Udupi and Chikkamagaluru for the next three days.
Several rivers are in spate following heavy rains lashing many parts of the state, especially villages near Tunga and Tungabhadra rivers, officials said on Sunday. At least one lakh cusecs of water was released from the Tungabhadra Dam into the Tungabhadra river following heavy downpour in the catchment region and heavy inflow of water in Vijayanagara district.
The weather office has predicted a generally cloudy sky for the day with the possibility of light rain or drizzle. The maximum temperature is expected to settle around 33 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in the national capital was 27.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season’s average, they said. Rain lashed some parts of the city on Sunday with the maximum temperature settling at 29.2 degrees Celsius, five notches below the average, the IMD said.
The weather department has issued a yellow alert for torrential rains along with thunderstorms in Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Kota, Pratapgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Sirohi, Tonk, Udaipur and Pali districts for the next three days. Regional director of Jaipur Meteorological Centre Radheshyam Sharma said a low pressure area has formed over the northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast. It is very likely to intensify further in the next 48 hours and gradually move towards the west-northwest direction.
Due to this system, he said, light to moderate rain is expected in some parts of eastern Rajasthan for the next four-five days and heavy rains are likely to continue in Kota and Udaipur divisions of southern Rajasthan and their surrounding areas for the next four-five days. Sharma said there is a possibility of light to moderate rain at some places in the districts of Jodhpur and Bikaner divisions of western Rajasthan. There is a possibility of heavy rain at one or two places in the districts of the Jodhpur division for the next 48 hours.
(With PTI inputs)