The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday said the northeastern states will continue to experience heavy rainfall while parts of north India will experience heavy to moderate showers in isolated locations. The weather department has sounded red alert in some parts of Assam.
The Sub-Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Coochbehar are likely to receive heavy to heavy rain till Friday morning and heavy rain till July 28 morning, it said.
“Fairly widespread to widespread rainfall activity with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar during July 26-28 and over Punjab and Haryana during July 27 – 29,” the weather department said.
“Isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely to occur over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during the same period,” it added.
Meanwhile, with spells of heavy downpour lashing the national capital this week, the city has already recorded 50 per cent more rainfall than normal in July, the IMD said on Thursday. According to the IMD data, the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, has recorded 225 mm rainfall in July so far, which is 50 per cent more than the normal of 149.8 mm.
Delhi received this season’s first spell of heavy rains on Sunday which submerged low-lying areas in waist-deep water. Safdarjung, Ridge and Lodhi Road weather stations recorded 74.8 mm, 86 mm and 81.2 mm rainfall, respectively. At least four people have died in rain-related incidents.
A portion of Delhi’s Ashoka road home to BJP headquarters and several ministerial buildings caved following the heavy rains on Wednesday.
The weather department has also predicted widespread rainfall activity over Bihar, Jharkhand, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura during next 3 to 4 days.
While Assam continues to be inundated with the death toll from floods in the state rising to 87 on Tuesday, flooding in the neighbouring state of Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills district have claimed the lives of five people in the past week alone. As per a report from the district administration, 1.7 lakh people in 195 villages have been affected.
Meanwhile, two people lost their lives in flood-hit Morigaon and Nagaon districts of Assam on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the state from the latest spate of floods to 87. As per a report from the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 24 lakh people in 24 districts of the state have been affected and 44,498 people are in 397 relief camps across the state.
(With PTI inputs)