Heavy Rainfall Alert: IMD Warns of Intense Monsoon Showers Across India
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a significant warning as it predicts ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall in multiple states until June 30. The weather department has raised heavy rain alerts for districts in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, and Meghalaya. According to the latest updates, active monsoon conditions are expected to persist over Eastcentral, Northwest, and West India for the next 4-5 days.
The IMD’s focus is now on the Northeast region, with predictions of ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall over Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh on June 29 and 30. Additionally, isolated heavy rainfall is expected in parts of East India over the next two days, extending to the entire northeast region for the next five days.
Moving towards the Northwest, IMD predicted, Rajasthan is bracing for ‘very heavy to extremely heavy falls’ on June 29, with ‘heavy rainfall’ forecasted on June 27 and 28. Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are also likely to experience ‘heavy to very heavy rainfall’ until June 28. The weather office has issued an ‘orange’ alert for the entire state of Uttarakhand on Tuesday, along with a ‘yellow’ alert until June 30.
In Madhya Pradesh, extreme rainfall is highly probable in East Madhya Pradesh on June 27, West Madhya Pradesh on June 27 and 28, and Vidarbha on June 27. The IMD has issued a ‘red’ alert for four districts – Harda, Burhanpur, Betul, and Chhindwara – and a ‘yellow alert’ for eight districts of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. Southern India is expected to witness ‘moderate scattered’ to ‘fairly widespread’ rainfall in the next five days, accompanied by isolated thunderstorms and lightning over the next two days. Kerala, in particular, is likely to experience isolated ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall on June 27.
Coastal Karnataka can anticipate heavy rainfall from June 26 to 30, while south interior Karnataka may see heavy rainfall on June 29 and 30. The IMD has also predicted ‘heavy to very heavy’ rainfall over Goa, Gujarat, and the Ghat areas of central Maharashtra until June 30. On Sunday, an IMD official mentioned that the coastal region, including Mumbai and Madhya Maharashtra, is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
Flood condition in Assam
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the Assam floods have claimed the life of one man in the Nalbari district totaling three persons so far. The food situation in the state remains severe, with over 4 lakh people across 15 districts suffering the consequences. As per (ASDMA), the affected districts include Bajali, Baksa, Barpeta, Chirang, Darrang, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, and Tamulpur. Among them, Bajali is the worst-affected district.
The water level of the Brahmaputra River has risen above the danger mark at Tezpur and Nematighat in Jorhat, further exacerbating the situation. The report from ASDMA indicates a total of 4,07,771 people, including 1,67,538 women and 53,119 children, are currently affected by the floods.
As the monsoon intensifies, Himachal Pradesh has already witnessed its share of challenges. In the Mandi district, hundreds of commuters were left stranded as flash floods and landslides blocked the Chandigarh-Manali national highway on Sunday. The Mandi-Pandoh-Kullu stretch, spanning 70 km, was severely affected. With heavy rainfall, a total of 301 roads were closed in the state, while 140 power transformers faced disruptions. Notably, Khotinallah near Aut, located about 40 km from Mandi town, witnessed flash floods on the Pandoh-Kullu stretch due to the relentless downpour.
As the weather conditions unfold, authorities and residents across the affected regions are advised to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.