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Weather Forecast Today Highlights: Bengal dams almost full; officials warn of increased water discharge

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological department Saturday forecast an intense wet spell over central and north India till August 4, Wednesday. It has also predicted that there would be a reduction in the rainfall intensity over east India from July 31.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 31, 2021 10:34:06 pm
Dark clouds hover over the sky while people holding umbrellas walk amid rain, in Nadia. (PTI/file photo)

Discharge of water from dams and barrages in West Bengal is set to increase as the storage facilities are almost full with heavy rainfall across the state for the last two days, officials said on Saturday. The inflow of water to these facilities is going up due to incessant rain in the state and neighbouring Jharkhand, they said.

“The situation is alarming with heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. We have tried to restrict water release. Discharge from Panchet and Maithon on Saturday is within the green zone which is up to 50,000 cusec. But incessant rain of about 100 mm in the upstream is a threat. Tenughat dam in Jharkhand released 90,000 cusec of water today and it will take 7-8 hours to reach Panchet dam. The West Bengal government has allowed us to raise the discharge level to 1 lakh cusec,” Damodar Valley Corporation executive director S Banerjee told PTI.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological department Saturday forecast an intense wet spell over central and north India till August 4, Wednesday. It has also predicted that there would be a reduction in the rainfall intensity over east India from July 31.

Due to a well-marked low pressure area and a monsoon trough, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over east Madhya Pradesh on July 31-August 1 and over Chhattisgarh and east Uttar Pradesh on July 31. Widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely to continue over east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh during form July 31 to August 4 with peak activity during July 31 to August 3. Isolated extremely heavy falls likely over east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh during July 31-August 2, IMD added.

The IMD has issued a red alert over parts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls very likely over west Uttar Pradesh between August 1-2. The current spell of fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity is very likely to continue over parts of north India with isolated heavy falls over Jammu and Kashmir on July 31, Punjab on August 1, Himachal Pradesh till August 2 and Uttarakhand and Haryana till August 4, the IMD said.

 

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22:34 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Mumbai: BMC to appoint consultant to conduct survey of landslide-prone sites

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will appoint a consultant to conduct a survey of highly vulnerable landslide-prone sites and suggest preventive measures against such mishaps. The civic body will rope in the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to select the consultant.

During a mid-monsoon preparation meeting with the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA), Mumbai Metro, Public Works Department, Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), BMC department heads and the collectorates among others on Friday evening, the civic body called for better coordination among all stakeholders to prevent Chembur and Vikhroli-like landslides on July 18 that claimed at least 29 lives. Read full report here

22:12 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Maximum temperature in Delhi settles at 34.4 degrees Celsius

The mercury in the national capital settled at 34.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday and received an average of 43.6 mm of rain till the morning, the weather department said. The relative humidity was recorded at 68 per cent.

The mercury had risen by a few notches in the national capital in the morning, with the minimum temperature settling at 28.2 degrees Celsius. The city received an average of 43.6 mm of rainfall till 8:30 am.

The relative humidity in the morning was recorded at a high of 93 per cent, according to the India Meteorological Department. The IMD on Friday had issued an orange alert, predicting moderate rain on Saturday and warning of possible waterlogging in low-lying areas of the national capital and major traffic disruptions.

The department has issued a yellow alert for Sunday, and orange alert also for Monday. (PTI)

21:29 (IST)31 Jul 2021
North, central India to receive intense rainfall over next four days: IMD

Parts of north and central India will witness intense rainfall activity over the next four days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Saturday.

Due to a well-marked low pressure area and a monsoon trough, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over east Madhya Pradesh on July 31-August 1 and over Chhattisgarh and east Uttar Pradesh on July 31.

Widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely to continue over east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh during form July 31 to August 4 with peak activity during July 31 to August 3. Isolated extremely heavy falls likely over east Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh during July 31-August 2. (PTI)

20:52 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Dams almost full in Bengal due to heavy rain; water discharge to rise: Officials

Discharge of water from dams and barrages in West Bengal is set to increase as the storage facilities are almost full with heavy rainfall across the state for the last two days, officials said on Saturday. The inflow of water to these facilities is going up due to incessant rain in the state and neighbouring Jharkhand, they said.

The West Bengal government permitted Damodar Valley Corporation to discharge up to 1 lakh cusec of water, an official said.

"The situation is alarming with heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. We have tried to restrict water release. Discharge from Panchet and Maithon on Saturday is within the green zone which is up to 50,000 cusec. But incessant rain of about 100 mm in the upstream is a threat. Tenughat dam in Jharkhand released 90,000 cusec of water today and it will take 7-8 hours to reach Panchet dam. The West Bengal government has allowed us to raise the discharge level to 1 lakh cusec," DVC executive director S Banerjee told PTI.

20:11 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Pune-based organisation sets up platform to send and receive real-time alerts on the weather in Maharashtra

Satark, an extreme weather event alert system, managed by Pune-based Centre for Citizen Science (CCS) launched https://citizenweather.in/home Friday using which anyone can send live weather updates, including on heavy rain, lightning, thunderstorm, landslides/mudslides or even reports of tree-felling or wall collapse from any corner of the state.

This real-time, verified information received from weather enthusiasts, amateurs and the general public can be useful for commuters, those living in rural areas, people affected by sudden changes in the weather and even disaster relief teams, police and members of the local administration who can then initiate rescue measures. Read full report here

18:47 (IST)31 Jul 2021
A bridge under construction collapses in Bihar's Gaya

An underconstruction bridge collapsed in Gaya of Bihar. The cementing work was ongoing. According to Jitendra Yadav, a local, the floods have destroyed the bridge. He added that the construction had been going on for the last six years

17:16 (IST)31 Jul 2021
IMD issues MP rain alerts; Red for 5 districts near UP, orange for 17

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued red and orange alerts for rainfall ranging from extremely heavy to very heavy respectively for 22 districts in Madhya Pradesh. The alerts are valid till Sunday morning, a senior IMD official informed.

The red alert, for heavy to very heavy as well as extremely heavy rainfall, was for isolated places in Satna, Guna, Sheopur, Chhattarpaur and Tikamgarh, most of these districts being located in north MP along the border with the southern part of Uttar Pradesh, said PK Saha, senior meteorologist with IMD's Bhopal office.

An orange alert, denoting heavy to very heavy rainfall in the 64.5 millimetre to 204.4 millimetre range, is for isolated places in 17 districts, namely Shahdol, Umaria, Anuppur, Rewa, Sidhi, Singrauli, Panna, Damoh, Sagar, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ashok Nagar, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Datia, Bhind and Morena. (PTI)

16:55 (IST)31 Jul 2021
J-K BJP dispatches relief material to cloudburst-hit Kishtwar; rescue operation enters 4th day

The BJP's Jammu and Kashmir unit dispatched relief material to cloudburst-hit village of Kishtwar district, where search and rescue operation to trace 20 missing persons entered the fourth day on Saturday.

A mini-truck loaded with essential commodities, including flour, rice, sugar, oil and pulses besides blankets, medicines and other daily-use items was flagged off by J-K BJP president Ravinder Raina and other senior party leaders from the party headquarters here. "BJP workers and civil society contributed the relief material for the affected people as a humanitarian aid," Raina told reporters.

Seven persons were found dead and 17 others rescued in an injured condition after the remote Honzar village in Dacchan tehsil was hit by flash floods triggered by the cloudburst in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging 21 houses, 21 cow sheds, a ration depot, a bridge and a mosque. At least 20 people, including nine women, are reported missing from the village and a joint rescue operation by the police, Army, National Disaster Response Force, and local volunteers is underway. (PTI)

16:07 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Heavy rains in eastern Rajasthan inundate roads, wash out rail tracks in Nagaur district

Widespread rainfall was recorded in eastern parts of Rajasthan inundating roads in many places and washing out railway tracks Gudha and Govindi Marwar station in Jodhpur division. A few places in Nagaur, Baran, Jaipur, Sawaimadhopur, Karauli, Sikar, Alwar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts have recorded heavy to very heavy rainfall till Saturday morning.

A maximum of 304 mm rainfall was recorded in Baran, followed by Niwai in Tonk where 192 mm of rains were recorded. Several roads were inundated in Jaipur, Dausa, Tonk, Sawaimadhopur, Karauli, Dholpur and Baran.

In Nagaur district, rainwater washed away the railway tracks between Gudha and Govindi Marwar junction on Saturday which affected trains movement for a few hours. Bhopal-Jodhpur special train was diverted due to restoration works. The track was restored after a few hours, a North West Railway spokesperson said.

The Meteorological Department has issued a ''red alert'', warning of very heavy to very heavy rain (more than 115.6 mm) at one or two places in Baran, Jhalwar districts on Saturday. An ''Orange Alert'' for heavy to very heavy rainfall has been issued for one or two places in Jaipur, Ajmer, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur, Bhilwara, Bundi, Kota and Baran districts. For Karauli, Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Nagaur and Pali districts, a ''yellow alert has been issued warning of heavy rain. (PTI)

15:12 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Portion of road under IIT flyover caves in, traffic affected

A part of the road near IIT red light caved in due to heavy rains Saturday. Officials said they are assessing the situation and repair works will soon begin. The Delhi Traffic Police tweeted an alert, asking people to avoid the route.

The traffic alert read, “Due to the collapse of the road near IIT Red Light, traffic going from Adhchini to IIT has been diverted to Adhchini to Katwaria Sarai. Please refrain from using this route.”

Officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) said they are currently assessing the situation and it will take a few days to restore the road. Read full report here

12:01 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Delhi witnesses excess rainfall for July; Yamuna water level dips

Over the past month, the national capital has witnessed rainfall that is far in excess of the normal rainfall levels for the month of July.

The Safdarjung weather station of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded a total of 506 mm of rainfall till Friday, which is 296 mm or 141% in excess of the normal rainfall of 210 mm for the month, IMD officials said.

The Safdarjung station recorded 43.6 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am on Friday and 8.30 am on Saturday, while around 72 mm of rainfall was recorded the previous day. The figures at the Safdarjung station are taken as representatives for the city.

11:38 (IST)31 Jul 2021
Cloudy and sunny conditions to play hide and seek over Pune on Saturday

With no weather systems prevailing over Maharashtra in general and over Pune, in particular, the city is most likely to experience partly sunny or cloudy sky conditions. There are chances of very light rain possible on Saturday.

Pune district’s ghat areas could report one or two heavy spells on Saturday.

22:53 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Damage from floods to roads, bridges in Konkan estimated at Rs 1,800 crore

The damage to roads and bridges due to the floods in Konkan and western Maharashtra region is estimated to be Rs 1,800 crore, said Public Works Department (PWD) minister Ashok Chavan on Friday. 

Chavan has convened a meeting next week to discuss measures necessary to repair and reconstruct damaged roads and bridges. "I have also discussed the damage to state national highways with Union Minister for Roads and  Highways Nitin Gadkari," Chavan said.

According to initial reports, traffic has stopped in 290 roads and been disrupted in 469 roads, while 140 bridges are underwater.

According to Chavan, "Of the total damage estimated at Rs 1,800 crore, Rs 700 crore alone is from Konkan." (ENS)

22:23 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Six killed in rain-related incidents across Bengal

Six people were killed in rain-related incidents across West Bengal on Friday, officials said.

A five-year-old boy, identified as Nikhil Bagchi, died in Asansol as the mud wall of his house collapsed, following the incessant rainfall that began on Thursday, a Disaster Management official said. His mother and sister were also injured in the mishap, the official said.

One person was killed in an incident of wall collapse in Raghunathganj in Murshidabad district, he said. Two more people died in Bankura district's Simlapal and Sonamukhi in similar incidents of wall collapse, he added.

In Canning block 2 in the South 24 Parganas district another person died as a wall collapsed, the official said. A 35-year-old man died in Howrah's Dasnagar after being electrocuted at his house, which was inundated following the heavy rains, he said. "In Raghunathganj, 10 mud houses were damaged due to the heavy rainfall," he said. Torrential rains owing to a low-pressure area affected normal life in several south Bengal districts with overflowing rivers and inundation of low-lying areas in urban and rural areas. (PTI)

21:31 (IST)30 Jul 2021
'Red alert' issued in Rajasthan, heavy rains predicted

The Southwest Monsoon gained momentum due to the low pressure area over coastal Bangladesh and adjoining West Bengal leading to heavy rains in Rajasthan, a Meteorological Department here said even as it issued a 'red alert', predicting very heavy rains in many districts of the state in the next 24 hours.

Heavy rain was recorded in many areas of the state in the last 24 hours, it said. Heavy rainfall was recorded in Karauli, Bharatpur, Dholpur, Dausa, Alwar, Jhunjhunu, Churu and Hanumangarh districts of Rajasthan in the last 24 hours, it said. 

The Meteorological Department also has issued a 'Red Alert' warning of very heavy to very heavy rain (more than 115.6 mm) at one or two places in Baran, Jhalwar districts on Saturday. The department has issued 'orange Alert', predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5 to 115.6 mm) at one or two places in Jaipur, Ajmer, Tonk, Sawai Madhopur, Bhilwara, Bundi, Kota and Baran districts. For Karauli, Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Nagaur and Pali districts, a 'yellow alert' has been issued for heavy rain (15.6 to 64.5 mm). (PTI)

21:29 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Orange alert issued for Delhi, moderate rains predicted for Saturday

The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert, predicting moderate rain on Saturday and warning of possible waterlogging in low-lying areas of the national capital and major traffic disruptions.

The department has issued a yellow alert for Sunday, and orange alert also for Monday. The national capital recorded 42.8 mm of rainfall between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Friday, the weather department said. (PTI)

21:14 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Temperatures hover below normal in Haryana and Punjab

The maximum temperatures on Friday hovered below normal limits at most places in Haryana and Punjab. According to the Meteorological Department here, Bhiwani, Gurgaon and Ambala were among places in Haryana which received rains.

Ambala recorded a maximum temperature of 32.2 degrees Celsius, while Hisar registered a high of 30.1 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature in Rohtak settled at 33.1 degrees Celsius while Bhiwani registered a high of 31.2 degrees Celsius. Karnal registered a high of 32 degrees Celsius, it said, adding Gurgaon's maximum settled at 30.7 degrees Celsius.

Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a maximum temperature of 34.1 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 33.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded a high of 32 degrees Celsius, while Patiala's maximum settled at 31.5 degrees Celsius. Faridkot and Bathinda recorded respective maximums of 31 and 33 degrees Celsius. (PTI)

20:35 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Incessant rainfall creates flood-like situation in West Bengal's Bankura district

Incessant rainfall creates flood-like situation in Bankura district. Many parts of the district are waterlogged including the Shilabati bridge due to the rise in water level in Shilabati river.

19:53 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Road infra suffered Rs 1,800-crore loss in Maha floods: Minister Chavan

The recent floods and heavy rains in parts of Maharashtra have caused an estimated Rs 1,800-crore damage to roads in the affected districts, PWD Minister Ashok Chavan said on Friday.

Chavan said last week's torrential rains, floods and landslides caused Rs 700-crore loss to road infrastructure in the coastal Konkan region alone. Besides Konkan, vast parts of western Maharashtra were battered by floods and rains.

As per preliminary information, 290 roads were closed for traffic during the rain fury and movement of vehicles was affected on 469 motorways, the minister said. As many as 140 bridges were also damaged, he said. (PTI)

18:36 (IST)30 Jul 2021
Rain has exposed Haryana govt's development claims: Hooda

Senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday said the recent spell of rain has once again "exposed" the BJP-led government's development claims as several areas in the state were waterlogged.

"Several areas are waterlogged. The roads built at cost of crores of rupees have got washed away in the rain like a pile of sand in water," the former Haryana chief minister claimed. He said there is no district in the state where people are not facing the sewage problem.

Referring to rains in the state in past week, Hooda, who is the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, said, "Everywhere from Gurgaon to Panchkula, Jhajjar to Kaithal, there have been images of roads, streets, houses, shops and vehicles getting submerged. Looking at the pictures of many districts including Fatehabad, Jind, Hisar, Mahendragarh, it seems that the streets have turned into rivers and the roads have become ponds," he said. (PTI)

It has been raining in Agra since the last two days. (Photo: PTI)

The water level of Chenab river has risen close to the danger level following heavy rainfall in AkhnoorK. "After the cloudburst in Kishtwar, we've been instructed to keep a watch and ensure that no locals come near the river," said Surjit Singh of the State Disaster Relief Force.

Cloudbursts have been reported from several places in J&K since Tuesday night. Separate cloudbursts were reported from remote Lambard area — one at Paddar and another Patnazi (Bounjwa) in Kishtwar district — at 10.30 pm and 11.35 pm, respectively. No loss of life was reported from these areas. There were reports that two bridges were damaged, and the 14-MW power project at Dondi was partially damaged. A cloudburst was also reported around Amarnath cave in south Kashmir Himalayas.

The India Meteorological department has predicted isolated extremely heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand today. Isolated extremely heavy showers are expected over Gangetic West Bengal on today, over Jharkhand on 29th and 30th July, over Chhattisgarh on 30th July and over East Madhya Pradesh on 31st July.

Widespread rainfall is also likely to continue over East Rajasthan and West Madhya Pradesh till August 1. The intensity of rainfall is likely to increase from July 30. Isolated extremely heavy rain is likely over West Madhya Pradesh on August 1.

Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall is very likely over Konkan and Goa, and the Ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra during till August 1.

 

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