Mumbai, Aug 11, 2020: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted that heavy rainfall was likely in isolated places of coastal Maharashtra, including Mumbai, till August 15. While Mumbai is expected to receive light to moderate showers, neighbouring districts of Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Ratnagiri may witness heavy rains at isolated places, an IMD official said.
“A similar forecast has been issued for Pune, Kolhapur and Satara districts as well till August 15. However, districts in North Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha may receive light to moderate rainfall in the same period,” the official said.
The maximum temperatures in Punjab and Haryana hovered close to normal on Tuesday. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a maximum of 34.5 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department. The weatherman has forecast rain or thundershowers at many places in Haryana and Punjab over the next two days.
A fresh spell of rains on Tuesday brought some relief to people living in Delhi from the sultry weather conditions prevailing in the city. Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had predicted moderate to heavy rains in the city from Sunday evening to Wednesday. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting center, said only very light rains occurred at a few places on Monday but the intensity is likely to increase in the next two days.
Meanwhile, very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in western Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, while some locations in the eastern part of the state received heavy showers, the MeT department said. According to the meteorological department, light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorm, accompanied with lightening, also occurred at some places in the state. Rain or thundershower is very likely at most places in the state from Wednesday to Friday, the MeT department said.
During the next two to three days, most parts of northwest India including the national capital, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and UP will witness widespread heavy rainfall, the IMD said on Tuesday.
Rajasthan will continue to experience heavy rainfalls that started Monday and hit several parts of the state including the capital Jaipur. Due to a sudden change in weather, Jaipur received heavy rainfall late evening on Monday, leading to waterlogging in many areas.
Bihar and Uttar Pradesh continue to battle with floods. In Bihar, over 74 lakh people in 16 districts have been affected till now. At least 5.80 lakh have been evacuated with the help of 23 NDRF and 17 SDRF teams.
Although the flood situation improved slightly in Uttar Pradesh, at least 19 districts and over 300 villages are still under the effect of the ongoing deluge.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to landslide in Kerala’s Idukki neared 50 with the recovery of 6 more bodies Monday. IMD has forecast very heavy rainfall and issued “orange alerts” in eight districts–Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod.
The Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) has warned about the possibilities of landslides in the hilly areas already hit by extremely heavy rainfall.