Weather forecast today HIGHLIGHTS: As many as 19 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where raging waters of major rivers have disrupted normal life, officials said on Thursday. The figure included three deaths in Amethi, two each in Raebareli, Sonbhadra and Mirzapur and one death each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Pratapgarh, Fathepur, Basti and, Ayodhya. Four more persons have died in Ballia and Bhadohi, officials said.
As heavy rains continued to batter states in north India, fresh landslides struck Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday blocking one of the major highways in the state. The intensity of rainfall is likely to reduce in the next 24 hours with light rainfall forecast at isolated parts of Himachal Pradesh, according to IMD.
The IMD forecasts heavy rainfall for Odisha for the next four days due to a monsoon trough line extending from east Uttar Pradesh to north Tamil Nadu. As many as five farmers have been killed after being struck by lightning in Kendrapada district. Earlier this month the state witnessed heavy rainfall activity due to the formation of two back-to-back low-pressure areas in the region. Several areas also faced flash floods due to incessant rains recently.
Here are the HIGHLIGHTS on the weather news from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and other parts of the country.
Crop grown over 4,000 hectares damaged in Punjab in floods
Crops grown over about 4,000 hectares in Punjab have been completely destroyed in the floods, a Punjab Agriculture department official said here on Thursday.
Besides, crops on 24,112 hectares of land got submerged in 561 villages of 13 districts, he added.
Maximum damage was witnessed in Rupnagar, the downstream district of Sutlej river, where crops on 1,715 hectares of land out of a total 4,000 hectares were completely destroyed in the deluge, the official said.
South Western Railway cancel trains due to landslides
South Western Railway has cancelled several trains (see attachment) due to landslides at various places between Sakaleshpur – Subrahmanya Road Ghat Section of the Mysuru Division.
South Western Railway has cancelled several trains (see attachment) due to landslides at various places between Sakaleshpur – Subrahmanya Road Ghat Section of the Mysuru Division. @IndianExpress @IEBengaluru pic.twitter.com/HJnEgtYzeL— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) August 22, 2019
Uttar Pradesh: At least 19 killed in rain-related incidents
As many as 19 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where raging waters of major rivers have disrupted normal life, officials said on Thursday.
“As many as 15 persons have died due to rain related incidents in different districts of the state. The figure included three deaths in Amethi, two each in Raebareli, Sonbhadra and Mirzapur and one death each in Saharanpur, Hamirpur, Pratapgarh, Fathepur, Basti and, Ayodhya,” the Relief Commissioner’s office said.
Besides the 15, four more persons have died in Ballia and Bhadohi, according to reports.
Pakistan opens headworks gates, 17 villages of Punjab's Ferozepur flooded
As many as 17 villages of Punjab's border district Ferozepur were flooded after Pakistan opened headworks gates in its area on the Sutlej river, an official said on Thursday.
Several villages of Ferozepur are already inundated because of the recent rains and breaches in embankments of the Sutlej river.
The water released by leather tanneries in Pakistan's Kasur district into the river contained pollutants, officials said.
Five killed in rain-related incidents in UP, Ganga in spate
Five people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh where raging waters of major rivers have disrupted normal life, officials said Thursday. In Ballia, three people drowned while two others were killed in Pratapgarh and Bhadohi districts.
A Central Water Commission report here said the Ganga was in spate at different places along its route flowing just below the danger mark at Garh Mukteshwar and Fatehgarh and crossing it at Naraora (Bulandshahr), Kachchla Bridge (Badaun) and Ballia.
Heavy rains expected in Odisha in next 72 hours: IMD
According to a release by the India Meteorological Department, "A cyclonic circulation lies over west-central and adjoining north-west Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast between 1.5 and 4.5 km above mean sea level. Under its influence, isolated heavy to very heavy falls are very likely over Odisha next 72 hours."
Flood fury subsides in Chandigarh, IIT-Ropar stands back on feet
Days after torrential rains hit the city, the flood fury in Chandigarh subsided Wednesday, with IIT-Ropar getting back to its normal state. Situated near the banks of the Sutlej river, the IIT campus was flooded by rivulets Bhudki and Sangraon. The flood waters entered inside the campus' electrical substation which resulted in a power cut in the campus. Heavy rainfall in the city last week led to a deluge in Rupnagar district. Read more here
Arakot-Nakot road in Uttarkashi district opens for light vehicles
Rains lash Noida, brings temperature down few notches
Noida receives short spell of rain Thursday afternoon, bringing the temperature down a notch. Senior scientist at IMD, Kuldeep Srivastava, said a low-pressure area, which is currently over Bihar and the adjoining parts of south Uttar Pradesh, may lead to light to moderate rains in Delhi on August 24, 25 and 26.
Heavy spells of rain likely to hit Madhya Pradesh, low lying areas at risk: SkyMet Weather
During the last 24 hours from 8.30 am on Wednesday, many parts of Madhya Pradesh have observed moderate monsoon rains with one or two heavy spells. Khajuraho recorded 62 mm of rains, while Guna and Raisen observed 41 mm and 29 mm of rain, respectively. According to SkyMet meteorologists, there is a low-pressure area over East Uttar Pradesh and adjoining Bihar which is moving southwards towards the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In the wake of this movement, rain and thundershower activities is likely to continue in many parts of the region for atleast next three to four days, with intensity varying between light and moderate. A few heavy spells to the tune of 60 to 80 mm may also lash Madhya Pradesh, causing some trouble in the low-lying areas.
We’re safe in Manali: Manju Warrier after getting rescued from Himachal floods
Actor Manju Warrier on Thursday stated that she and her colleagues safely reached Manali last night after being stranded in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh for six days. She put out a statement on her Facebook page, thanking the authorities for rescuing the 30-member film crew, including director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. Warrier was stranded with about 200 people, including tourists in the Himachal village.
Punjab govt turns to Centre for flood assistance
The Punjab government on Wednesday sought Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre as a special flood relief package for the loss caused by recent floods in the state. Several villages in Jalandhar district have been worst hit. Officials said airdropping of food packets will continue in the marooned villages with the help of the Army till the situation normalises.
Why rain in Himachal Pradesh is to blame for floods in Punjab
As Punjab grapples with floods, which Chief Minister Amarinder Singh termed as “unprecedented”, the blame is more on the rainfall in the catchment area of Sutlej river in Himachal Pradesh, than on rain back home. Here's why
Maharashtra’s double whammy: First drought and now floods
Maharashtra’s cane growers take a hit — as the sugar industry this year has been buffeted by two crises. The first was on account of drought in 2018, especially in the Marathwada region and adjoining areas of Ahmednagar and Solapur. In 2018-19, Maharashtra produced 107.21 lt of sugar, surpassing the previous season’s record of 107.10. For the 2019-20 season, the official projection of cane crushing is 580 lt and sugar output of 64 lt. These figures may have to be revised further downwards because of the latest floods. Read more here
Kerala; IMD predicts more rains in state for next five days
According to an IMD update, rain and thundershowers are likely to occur in most places in the state in the next five days. The chief amounts of rainfall ending 8.30 AM on Wednesday (in cm) are Vaikom (Kottayam), Taliparamba (Kannur) 6 each, Kudulu (Kasaragode) 5, Kannur, Punalur (Kollam), Chalakudy (Thrissur) and Hosdurg (Kasaragode) 4 each. (PTI)
Lightning kills two women in Andhra Pradesh's Machilipatnam
Two women were killed on Wednesday when they were struck by lightning in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, police said. Sharif Unnissa (47) of Pedana town was grazing her cattle when she was hit by lightning, police said, adding that the woman died instantly. In a separate incident, P Bharathi (58) of Mallaya Chittooru village of Ghantasala Mandal was sowing paddy saplings in a field when she was struck by lightning. (PTI)
IMD predicts heavy rainfall activity in northeastern states for August 23
Heavy rainfall highly likely at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, IMD predicts for August 23.
Odisha weather news: Heavy rains to lash state today
Odisha is likely to witness heavy rainfall today, weather agency IMD has predicted. The rains will continue into the weekend due to a monsoon trough line extending from east Uttar Pradesh to north Tamil Nadu through Odisha. At least five people have died in the state after being struck by lightning. An ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each will be given to the family of the deceased, reported PTI.
Uttarakhand: Rain, thundershowers at a few places
On Wednesday, rain and thundershowers were observed at a few places over Uttarakhand from 08:30 am to 5:30 pm, the India Meteorological Department said. Over the past few days, landslides due to heavy rains have been reported in Uttarakhand. In Uttarkashi, homes have been washed away because of a cloudburst. On Wednesday, three people were killed when a helicopter engaged in rescue operations in Uttarkashi crashed at Moldi village in Arakot.
UP: Two killed by lightning in Chitrakoot district
In Uttar Pradesh's Chitrakoot district, two boys were killed in lightning strikes, police said. Uday Raj (13) and Pushpendra (12) were grazing cattle at Khandeha village under Mau Police Station limits on Tuesday evening when the tragedy struck, Circle Officer Ishtiyaq Ahmed said.
They suffered serious injuries and were rushed to the Mau Community Health Centre, where they were declared dead, he added.
In Goa, 80% paddy crop feared damaged due to heavy rain
Over 1,900 hectare of farmland has been affected due to water collected in Goan fields due to heavy rain. According to the weather department, the average monsoon rainfall for the state is 96 inches spread over three months. This time, it received 120 inches in just 10 days of August. Read more here
Earthquake measuring 2.7 on Richter scale jolts Chamba in Himachal Pradesh today: IMD
After fresh landslides occurred at Marhi between Manali and Rohtang on the Manali-Leh highway at around 11.30 am, the highway remained blocked for traffic till 4 pm. It was reopened for traffic on Wednesday evening, police said after flash floods were triggered due to heavy rains. Meanwhile, Chamba in Himachal Pradesh was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 2.7 on the Ritcher scale at 4:30 am this morning.
India Meteorological Department (IMD): An earthquake of magnitude 2.7 on Richter scale struck Chamba, Himachal Pradesh at 4:50 am, today.— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2019
Punjab: No fresh rain, but 3 new breaches spell trouble
With no fresh rainfall reported from any part of Punjab, the water logged in several parts of the state either remained stagnant or started to recede. Three new breaches were reported Wednesday on the Dhussi Bandh, thus affecting nearly 80 villages in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts. The new breaches took place in Chak Wadala and Mandiala villages of Lohian in Jalandhar, and Sarupwal village of Sultanpur Lodhi sub-division in Kapurthala. Read more here
IMD weather bulletin for August 22
Heavy to very heavy rainfall very likely at isolated places over Odisha and Kerala and heavy rainfall at isolated places over Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Assam & Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura, Tamilnadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, Coastal & South Interior Karnataka, Lakshadweep and Telangana.
Thunderstorm accompanied by lightning very likely at isolated places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Odisha and Jharkhand.
Strong winds, speed reaching 45-55 kmph, are very likely to prevail over southwest Arabian Sea, south and central Bay of Bengal, Lakshadweep & Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Kerala coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas.
Death toll due in Kerala rises to 125
Meanwhile, the death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala climbed to 125 with the recovery of two more bodies on Wednesday, even as the search for missing persons continued in landslide-hit districts.
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