Several states along the Indian peninsula in the east, west and south of the country are expected to receive heavy rains in the coming days. Very heavy rains are expected over Gujarat and Maharashtra for the next five days, according to the latest bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Heavy showers are also expected over West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for the next three days.
Meanwhile, parts of Delhi also received light to moderate rainfall on Saturday and the national capital is expected to receive light rainfall over the next five days, according to IMD.
In addition, a downpour in a border village in Nepal on Saturday triggered flash floods in the village of Khotila in Uttarakhand as water from the swelling Kali River poured into houses, filling them with mud and killing a woman. The village is near the town of Dharchula in Pithoragarh District. The downpour happened after midnight in the village of Bangabagar across the India-Nepal border.
Heavy rains also devastated Khari Gali and Malla Bazar in Eldhara in Uttarakhand’s Dharchula where many houses were destroyed. Uttarkashi’s Gangotri and Yamunotri and Dehradun continue to receive heavy rains. Yamunotri National Highway is closed near Dabarkot due to heavy rains while Gangotri Highway is also closed near Helgu Gad.
IMD weather forecasts for the next few days
- The Met Department on Sunday forecast heavy to very heavy rains in Gangetic West Bengal through Tuesday morning due to a depression that swept across South Odisha. The weatherman warned of blustery winds of 40-50km/h and gusts of up to 60km/h along and off the coast of West Bengal and urged fishermen not to venture into the Bay of Bengal until Tuesday.
- In its bulletin released on Saturday, IMD forecast that there is a high probability of fairly widespread rains with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms and lightning on Sunday over Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and on the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam.
- Heavy rains are also very likely over the coast and north of Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe on Sunday and Monday and in Telangana through Tuesday.
- Telangana’s capital, Hyderabad, received moderate rainfall on Sunday afternoon. Widespread rainfall is expected in northern Telangana and the central parts of the state over the next 24 hours, according to IMD.
- Meanwhile it is also very likely to have fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms/lightning through Tuesday through Chhattisgarh, Gangetic West Bengal and Marathwada, as well as in Vidarbha and Odisha on Sunday and Monday.
- Heavy showers with thunderstorms and lightning are also expected over sub-Himalaya West Bengal on Monday; in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand between Monday and Wednesday and in Bihar on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- The state of Gujarat, Madhya Maharashtra, and Konkan and Goa are also expected to receive heavy showers over the next 5 days.
- Heavy rainfall is also expected in northeastern India over the next three days. Fairly widespread rain with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms/lightning is very likely through Tuesday over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, according to IMD.
- In addition, fairly widespread light/moderate rains with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms/lightning are very likely on Tuesday and Wednesday over Himachal Pradesh and East Rajasthan and on Wednesday in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Rajasthan.
- Heavy rain showers are forecast for Uttarakhand in the next 5 days.
- Light to moderate rainfall with a possibility of thunderstorms is also likely to occur in Mumbai and its suburbs today, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
IMD Director-General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said Odisha is likely to see more precipitation activity as a new cyclone circulation is likely to brew over the Bay of Bengal around September 17-18.
The state government has asked all district collectors to stay prepared and to deal with the crisis situation in accordance with the protocol.
IMD has also advised fishermen not to venture into the North West and West Central Bay of Bengal and along and off the coasts of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal due to today’s rough to very rough sea conditions.
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