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.