Heavy rains predicted in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana for next five days
With monsoon activity intensifying over the country, a red alert for heavy rains has been issued in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, active monsoon conditions over central India and along India’s west coast are likely to continue for the next five days.
As per IMD’s latest weather forecast, heavy rainfall warning has been issued for several states. As many as 17 states will witness widespread downpour this week. Isolated regions may see heavy to very heavy rains with thunderstorms and lightening.
There is red alert in states like Karnataka and Telangana while Mumbai has also been heavily battered by rains. Flood-like situation has emerged in Gadchiroli. Heavy rains in Maharashtra have affected 130 villages and communication has been lost with 128 of them.
Fairly widespread rainfall and thunderstorm and lightning with isolated heavy rainfall has been predicted by the weather department in Maharashtra and Gujarat during the next five days. Isolated very heavy rainfall is likely over Saurashtra and Kutch on Sunday, in Marathwada on Monday, and in Vidarbha on Monday and Tuesday.
Scattered heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall is also likely over Konkan and Goa for the next four days and Madhya Maharashtra till Tuesday.
Karnataka reels under heavy rains
Several parts of Karnataka continue to reel under heavy rains and instances of flooding were reported from north Karnataka districts. The coastal region in the state, which has been witnessing heavy downpour, still remains on alert, said officials of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC).
In coastal Karnataka, the water level at Kali river in Uttara Kannada district has increased by three feet following the heavy rain. Varada, Kumudwathi, Tungabhadra rivers are flowing to the optimum levels and agencies have predicted heavy rainfall in the coastal district of Udupi.
Heavy rains in Telengana
With heavy to very heavy rainfall expected in Telangana, the IMD has declared that there is a flash flood risk in the state from the morning of Sunday, July 10, till the evening of July 11. Certain regions in Telangana, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, received extremely heavy rainfall on Saturday.
According to IMD, a low-pressure area persists over south interior Odisha and the neighbourhood. With rains expected under its influence in Andhra Pradesh as well, the AP State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) is also on alert owing to the possibility of flooding.
Heavy rains were also reported from Uttarakhand, east Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Odisha, Marathwada, Kerala and Chhattisgarh.
The weather department has predicted intense rainfall over Haryana and Punjab on Sunday. Flash floods were reported at separate places in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu and Chamba districts on Saturday evening, a PTI report said.
Situation in Assam improves
Five people were killed in Uttar Pradesh in lightening strike incidents on Saturday.
The situation in Assam has improved, with all rivers flowing below the danger mark. No fresh deaths have been reported in the region. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority’s bulletin, 6,27,874 people are still affected by the deluge.
So far, 190 people have died due to floods and landslides in the state this year. Among the worst-affected districts are Cachar and Morigaon.
Meanwhile, rescue operation are on full-swing in Jammu and Kashmir, after 16 people lost their life in a cloudburst incident near the Amarnath cave.