Indian Monsoon 2022 Highlights: Heavy rains wreaked havoc in parts of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday with two women being buried alive under debris following a landslide in Kullu district, while shops and vehicles were washed away and highways blocked by flash floods in other places. In Kullu, Chavelu Devi (55) and Kritika (17) died when their house at Khadel village in Sheel gram panchayat of Anni tehsil was hit by debris following the landslide around 9 am, Director of state disaster management department Sudesh Mokhta said. In another incident in the district, 10 shops and three vehicles were washed away following a cloudburst at the Deuthi gram panchayat in Anni tehsil around 7.30 am.
Meanwhile, three persons were swept away in swollen drains after heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, while the India Meteorological Department predicted a risk of flash floods in the Vidarbha region, officials were quoted as saying by PTI on Thursday. Some rivers in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra were flooded after heavy showers and several people from Bhandara and Chandrapur were shifted to safer places, they said. The heavy rains also caused damage to crops and an assessment survey was on, an agriculture department official said. In Indore city of MP, two persons were swept away in swollen drains following heavy rains and efforts were on to trace them, police said.
According to the IMD’s latest weather update, active monsoon conditions are likely to continue over the central parts of the country over the next two days. States along the Western coast, including Goa, parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat are likely to receive very heavy showers over the next 24 hours, according to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) latest weather update. Heavy rain is predicted in some parts of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha, the IMD said. Scattered and fairly widespread rain is also expected in Karnataka today.