The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in four states till 9 September. In its latest updates, the department has predicted isolated extremely heavy falls over Coastal Andhra Pradesh on 6th; over Telangana on 06 and 7th; over Madhya Maharashtra on 7th; over north Konkan during 7th-8th, Gujarat state on 8th-9th September.
Extremely heavy rain could lead to localized flooding of roads, inundation and water logging in low lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas of the above region, the IMD said.
According to the alert, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over Odisha, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh on 6th -7th September and Marathawada, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan, Gujarat during 6th-10th September.
Rainfall activity is very likely to increase with scattered to fairly widespread rainfall over most parts of northwest India with isolated heavy falls over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu region and East Rajasthan during 7th to 10th September, it said. Isolated very heavy falls also likely over Uttarakhand during 8th -10th and over East Rajasthan on 10th September.
The IMD has also predicted light rain in Delhi. “Light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of few places of Delhi ( Badili, Nazafgarh, Malviyanagar, Deramandi), NCR ( Gurugram, Indirapuram) Panipat, Gannaur, Sonipat, Sohana (Haryana) Narora (U.P.) during next 2 hours,” tweeted IMD.
On Sunday, IMD senior scientist Dr RK Jenamani told ANI, “A light rain spell will be starting on the morning of September 6 or 7. It will not be similar to the downpour witnessed on September 1 and 2 earlier. We are expecting light showers. On September 7 and 8, moderate rainfall has been predicted. This trend will continue till September 9.”
Odisha districts on alert amid heavy rain warning
The Odisha government on Monday put several districts on alert as the weather office predicted that a low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal may trigger heavy rainfall across the state, officials told PTI. According to the report, the district collectors have been asked to monitor the emerging situation closely.
A low-pressure area was formed over northwest and adjoining the westcentral Bay of Bengal off the south Odisha coast. It is likely to move west-northwestward during the next two-three days.
Rains have already started in most parts of the state, including Bhubaneswar. “We hope that this low pressure will help to overcome the prevailing dry spell in 27 of the state’s 30 districts,” a senior officer of the Agriculture Department said.
In the last 24 hours, 29 districts have received some amount of rainfall.
Jagatsinghpur district received the most amount of rainfall at 42.9 mm, followed by Koraput (36.2 mm), Gajapati (34.9 mm), Cuttack (29.1 mm), Malkangiri (26.1 mm), Bhadrak (26 mm) and Puri (25 mm).
Isolated light to moderate rainfall in UP
Today, light to moderate rainfall or thundershowers occurred at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh. Thunderstorms accompanied with lightning were witnessed at isolated places in the eastern part of the state.
Rainl was recorded in Sitapur, Etah, Shrawasti, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Siddharth Nagar and Balrampur. Varanasi was the hottest place where the maximum temperature touched 36.4 degrees Celsius.
The weather office said rainfall or thundershowers are very likely at a few places in the state on September 7, 8 and 9.