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Weather Today Highlights: IMD forecasts widespread rains over many parts of north, northeast India for 5 days

Weather Today Highlights: The Badrinath and Yamunotri highways in Dehradun were blocked after heavy rainfall today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 10, 2021 10:02:54 am
Pedestrians walk past a banner of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on a waterlogged road during heavy rain in Kolkata | PTI/file

Weather Today Highlights: The India Meteorological Department on Monday said that fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over northeast and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during next 5 days.

“Under the influence of likely prevailing of stronger southwesterly/southerly winds from Bay of Bengal in the lower levels over these areas, from 11 August, rainfall intensity is very likely to increase over these areas, resulting in isolated extremely heavy falls over Assam and Meghalaya during 11 to 13 August,” IMD said in a statement. It also forecast widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls over Uttarakhand in next 5 days and over Himachal Pradesh on August 12 and 13. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Jharkhand are also likely to receive heavy falls during next 4-5 days.

“Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls very likely over Madhya Pradesh and East Rajasthan during next 24 hours with significant reduction in intensity and distribution thereafter. Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall very likely over Tamil Nadu and Kerala during next 5 days with isolated heavy falls over Tamil Nadu during next 5 days and over Kerala during next 3 days,” IMD added.

Northwest India including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and most parts of Peninsular India, including Maharashtra and Gujarat are also likely to experience subdued rainfall in coming days, IMD said.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Udaynarayanpur in Howrah district on her way to Jhargram, an official said at the state secretariat, PTI reported. Banerjee, the official said, is “very much unhappy” over Damodar Valley Corporation releasing “excessive water” leading to the flood situation. At least 23 persons have lost their lives and several lakh people have been displaced in seven districts of Bengal in the flood which Banerjee has described as “man-made”.

The Badrinath and Yamunotri highways in Dehradun were blocked after heavy rainfall today. In Uttar Pradesh, Heavy rainfall has caused rivers to overflow and caused floods in residential areas near river banks, according to ANI.

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Badrinath and Yamunotri highways blocked, Rains in Delhi-NCR, UP and Haryana; Over 8,900 people rescued and 32,900 shifted to safer places amid MP floods. Follow this space for the latest updates.

22:35 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Raje expresses concern over flood situation in parts of Rajasthan

BJP national vice president Vasundhara Raje on Monday expressed concern over the flood situation arising out of incessant rains in Jhalawar, Baran and other districts in Kota division, and asked Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to visit the affected areas.

Raje, who conducted an aerial survey of Baran, said people are suffering due to floods and excessive rainfall but Gehlot and his ministers only did "formalities" by holding video conferences.

She said 100 per cent of crops in the Hadoti region were damaged but the divisional commissioner gave a report of 30 per cent damage. (PTI)

22:12 (IST)09 Aug 2021
IMD forecasts extremely heavy falls over Assam, Meghalaya from Aug 11 to 13

The India Meteorological Department has forcast isolated extremely heavy falls over Assam and Meghalaya from August 11 to 13.

It also said that fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over northeast and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during next 5 days.

20:16 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Delhi records maximum temperature of 33.4 deg C

Delhi on Monday recorded a maximum temperature of 33.4 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 25.1 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, it added.

The national capital received a total of 15.4 mm rainfall in a 24-hour period ending at 8.30 am, according to the IMD's Safdarjung station.

The Ayanagar and Ridge stations recorded heavier rainfall of about 27 mm and 30 mm respectively. Relative humidity was 73 per cent at 5.30 pm. The city is expected to witness strong surface winds on Tuesday with the maximum and minimum temperatures reaching up to 35 and 27 degrees Celsius respectively. (PTI)

19:03 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Climate change leading to melting glaciers, depleting snow cover in Himalayas: IPCC report

Among the most alarming findings as laid out in the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on Monday is the effect of climate change on glaciers and the snow cover in the mountains.

The Sixth Assessment Report states scientists have ascertained that global warming will have a serious impact on mountain ranges across the world, including the Himalayas. The consequences are stark and dreary — the freezing level height of mountains are likely to change and snowlines will retreat over the coming decades. Read full report here

16:36 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Heavy rains cause flood near river banks in Prayagraj, UP

With around 500 houses submerged in water, heavy rainfall has caused floods in residential areas near rivers. Residents say that many people have moved out, the water level has been continuously rising; and shelter and aid are not available for many, ANI reported. 

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, earlier today, said he would conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Auraiya and Etawah.

16:20 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Badrinath and Yamunotri highways blocked in Uttrakhand

In Uttrakhand, due to heavy rainfall, Badrinath and Yamunotri highways were blocked. Heavy rainfall took place in Dehradun and other parts of the state, ANI reported.

A total of 34 routes has been blocked in the district due to heavy downpour. 

15:21 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Thunderstorm and lightning in UP: IMD

Light to moderate rain occurred at many places over the state in the past 24 hours, the meteorological department in Lucknow said on Monday.

While Laharpur (Sitapur) received 15 cm rainfall; Kunda (Pratapgarh) 13 cm; Bareilly, Karchhana (Prayagraj) 9 cm each; Tanda (Ambedkar Nagar) and Baberu (Banda) 8 cm each; Deoband (Saharanpur); Churk (Sonbhadra); Patti (Pratapgarh) and Ghazipur 6 cm each; and Robertsganj (Sonbhadra) 5 cm, it said.

The highest maximum temperature in the state was 35.6 degrees Celsius recorded at the Lakhimpur Kheri observatory while the lowest minimum temperature over the state was 23 degrees Celsius recorded at Ghazipur observatory, it said.

The MET has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with lightning at isolated places over the state on August 10. (PTI)

14:34 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Delhi PWD to restore 60 feet wide roads amidst heavy rainfall

The Public Works Department (PWD) will restore roads, with a width of 60 feet and above, dug up by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), officials said on Monday.

For roads with a width less than 60 feet, the restoration work of the portion cut, will be taken up by the DJB to the specification of the existing road.

These instructions were issued by PWD Minister Satyender Jain in a review meeting conducted in the wake of road cutting and repair of roads during the rainy season. (PTI)

13:43 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Heavy rainfall of Madhya Pradesh and East Rajasthan, says IMD

In the next 24 hours, heavy rainfall is very likely over Madhya Pradesh and East Rajasthan, said Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur over West Bengal, Uttrakhand and Sikkim in the next five days. Widespread rainfall is also likely to occur over Himachal Pradesh on 12th and 13th August. Rainfall is likely to occur over East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand in the next five days, IMD added.

13:08 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Light to moderate intensity rain in NCR: IMD

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), areas of the National Capital Region (NCR) including Ghaziabad, Dadri and parts of Uttar Pradesh will see light to moderate rainfall along with thunderstorms today. 

12:35 (IST)09 Aug 2021
High humidity and light rain in Pune today

The relative humidity recorded on Monday over various parts of Pune ranged between 77 and 80 per cent. Despite this, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast light intensity rainfall on the day.

Southwest monsoon is set to continue over Maharashtra till the middle of this week, IMD added.

12:00 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Floodgate open of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh

Due to heavy rainfall, the floodgate of Sukhna Lake opened on Monday in Chandigarh. Yesterday, heavy rainfall led to waterlogging in many areas in the city including sectors 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 28.


10:50 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Light and moderate intensity rainfall over parts of UP, Haryana: IMD

Light intensity rainfall or drizzle to occur over parts of Haryana (including Sonipat, Kharkhoda) and Uttar Pradesh (including Muzaffarnagar, Atrauli), says India Meteorological Department (IMD).

Light to moderate intensity rainfall is likely to happen over parts of Uttar Pradesh including Amroha, Rampur, Jalesar, IMD added.

10:05 (IST)09 Aug 2021
MP govt forms cabinet task force for relief work in flood-hit areas

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced a slew of measures to help the people in areas affected by floods following heavy rains and formed a task force, comprising 12 cabinet ministers, to look after the relief work.

In a statement issued late Sunday evening, Chouhan also said the families of those who died in the floods will be given a financial assistance of Rs four lakh each.

At least 24 people died and thousands were evacuated to safety as rains lashed the Chambal-Gwalior region of north Madhya Pradesh last week, officials earlier said.

Chouhan said 8,900 people trapped at various locations in flood-hit districts were rescued by the Air Force, the Army, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), while 32,900 people were shifted to safer places. (PTI)

09:49 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Moderate rain and thunderstorm in Delhi: IMD

Indian Meteorological Department stated the possibility of moderate rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms likely over Delhi and parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. 

The maximum temperature on Monday is likely to be 34 degrees Celsius, while the minimum will be 25 degrees Celsius.

22:29 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Light to moderate intensity rain likely in parts of UP, Rajasthan: IMD

The India Meteorological Department has forecast light to moderate intensity rainfall in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan in coming hours.

21:51 (IST)08 Aug 2021
MP: Jyotiraditya Scindia conducts aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Gwalior-Chambal region

Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of the Gwalior-Chambal region and directed officials to restore public services on priority.

Taking a jibe at Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath, who conducted aerial surveys of the flood-affected region on Saturday, Scindia said the former should have got down to see the "ground reality".

"One should not confine himself just to conducting aerial surveys. Whenever such visits are made..those conducting such visits should also get down on the ground to see the actual situation," Scindia told reporters when asked about Nath's aerial survey. (PTI)

20:23 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Intensity of rainfall likely to increase in West Bengal, Sikkim during Aug 11-12: IMD

The intensity of rainfall over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim is likely to increase from August 11-12 as the monsoon trough has shifted close to the foothills, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday.

IMD Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said the monsoon trough is moving towards the western foothills of the Himalayas. He said rainfall is likely to decrease over north Indian plains and increase over the hills.

The entire monsoon trough is likely to shift close to the foothills of the Himalayas during the next 24 to 48-hours, the IMD said. A cyclonic circulation lies over northeast Madhya Pradesh, it added. (PTI)

18:58 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Rains: Crops on 20.2k hectares in Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli damaged

Heavy rainfall between June 21 and 23 damaged crops on an area of 20,274 hectares in Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in Maharashtra, with cotton, tur, soybean, maize and vegetables being the worst hit, agriculture officials said on Sunday. As per initial estimates by the agriculture department, 1,964 hectares of land in 96 villages were washed away in flooding caused by the rains, they added.

In Nagpur, rains damaged crops on 9,176.55 hectares spread over 126 villages in Kamptee, Saoner, Kalmeshwar, Ramtek and Hingna tehsils, while the destruction of produce was spread over 10,579.65 hectares in 155 villages in Warora, Chimur, Rajura, Jivati and Gondpipari tehsils in Chandrapur, an official said.

"Cotton, tur and soybean planted on 418.70 hectares in Seloo and Samudrapur in Wardha were destroyed. Over 100 hectares of cotton cultivation were damaged in Sironcha tehsil in Gadchiroli. Of the agricultural land washed away, 248.3 hectares were located in 20 villages in Saner in Nagpur, and 1,716 hectares in 76 villages in Rajura, Jivati, Ballarpur and Korpana tehsils of Chandrapur," he added. (PTI)

17:54 (IST)08 Aug 2021
Light to moderate rain in UP

Light to moderate rain along with thundershower occurred at few places over eastern Uttar Pradesh, the meteorological department said on Sunday.

Lalitpur, Firozabad, Maharajganj, Kheri, Mathura, Meerut, Basti, Ballia, Ambedkar Nagar, Kasganj and Sambhal received rainfall, it said. Lakhimpur Kheri was the hottest city in the state where mercury touched 35.6 degrees Celsius. Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places in the state on August 9. Rain/thundershowers are very likely at many places in the northern state on August 10 and 11. (PTI)

As flood situation worsens in West Bengal and the heavy rainfall continues, people wade through flood-hit Amta in Howrah. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Heavy rain batters Kolkata, leaves parts of city waterlogged

Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of Bengal, including Kolkata, on Friday morning, leaving several parts of the city waterlogged. The weather department had already predicted this intense spell of thunderstorm and rain two days ago.

“Moderate to heavy rainfall will occur over Kolkata and suburban areas,” a statement by the Met department read. Rain led to traffic congestion in the city during office hours as many roads remained submerged.

Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra: ‘Extreme weather events will become more frequent and intense

India falls in the tropical region; extra-tropical regions are in the middle and higher latitudes where most of Europe, northern United States, and Canada are located. The weather in the tropical region is different from that of the extra-tropical regions. Cyclones, the monsoon, thunderstorms are characteristic of tropical weather systems. Tropical weather is associated with convective forces of the atmosphere. The intense heating of the Earth’s surface plays a dominant role in the genesis, evolution, characteristics, propagation, and movement of the weather in these areas. Extra-tropical weather systems are more systematic and periodic, and therefore, in general, easier to predict. In comparison, the weather in the tropical zones is a little less predictable.

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