Weather forecast Today India HIGHLIGHTS: The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in six districts in Kerala, including Idukki and Malappuram, and forecast extremely heavy rains in the coming days for the southern state. The red alert means that authorities need to take immediate action.
Meanwhile, Delhiites woke up to heavy rains in some parts of the national capital Wednesday which brought down the minimum temperature to three notches below the normal. The weatherman predicted continuous downpour for the day with the possibility of maximum and minimum temperatures, settling at 32 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively.
In Bihar, the death toll due to floods reached 30 on Tuesday with five girls drowning in a pond in Sheohar district. However, the disaster management department has pegged the toll at 25 as it has not included the incident of drowning as a flood-related death in official figures. Twelve districts are affected by the floods with Sitamarhi, Madhubani and Araria being the worst-hit.
Heavy rainfall predicted in Kerala, red alert issued. Follow weather updates here. Read in Malayalam.
Telagana: Parts of Hyderabad likely to receive rain
Rain and gusty winds will affect some places of Hyderabad, including Malkagiri, Medak, Nagarkurnool, Sangareddy, Suryapet, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Jogalamba-Gadwal during the next 4 hours, Skymet Weather has predicted.
Odisha likely to receive rain today
According to Skymet Weather, light to moderate rain and thundershowers have been predicted during the next 4-5 hours for Odisha.
Kerala to receive heavy rain between July 17 and July 22
Skymet Weather has predicted heavy rain for Kerala between July 17 and July 22.
Bathinda grapples with submerged roads, poor drainage; 37 cows dead
Bathinda received the highest amount of rainfall (178 mm) in a single day in the last 20 years, according to data released by Punjab Agricultural University’s (PAU) agrometeorlogy department. Roads were submerged under 4-5 feet of water and there was no power since late Monday night. The relentless downpour damaged the roof of a cattle pound in Bhagta Bhai Ka area, leading to the deaths of 37 cows. Access to many areas was cut off after a breach occurred in the sullage carrier (which carries the wastewater of the city), leading to drainage issues. Read full story here
Punjab: Rainfall surge makes up for early deficit, but water logging dogs urban centers
With average daily rainfall of 15 mm over the past six days, Punjab has gone from rain deficit to rain surplus so far in July. The total rainfall received in six days — July 11 to July 16 — is 92.6 mm. Till July 10, Punjab was 44 per cent rain deficit. But with the recent surge in rainfall, Punjab has received 147.9 mm against normal 135 mm for this time of year. Read full story here
Five pilgrims injured as glacier collapses in Kullu
Five pilgrims were injured as a glacier broke off and collapsed on way to the Shrikhand Mahadev shrine in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, the police said Wednesday. The 'yatra' to the shrine has been temporarily stopped. Considered tougher than the Amarnath pilgrimage, the ten-day Shrikhand Mahadev yatra had begun on July 15. (PTI)
Flash flood, govt prepared: CM Nitish Kumar in Bihar Assembly
Speaking in the Assembly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar called it a “flash flood” caused by incessant rainfall in Nepal. “Generally, there are floods in Bihar in August. But it is flash flood, similar to the one in 2017. We are fully prepared to deal with it. Relief and rescue operations are on. We have arranged 199 relief camps for displaced people.” Kumar also said the government had apprehensions about drought in several districts due to inadequate rainfall. More than 1 lakh people have been evacuated, he said. Read full story here
Rain brings down temperature in Delhi; traffic snarls in major intersections
Delhiites on Wednesday woke up to heavy rains in some parts of the city which brought down the minimum temperature to three notches below the normal, even as the humidity level shot to 100 per cent. The downpour also contributed to traffic snarls at major intersections in the national capital, including Dhaula Kuan, Nagloi, Najafgarh road, Delhi Cantt, Ring road and the Badarpur area among others. "The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 am was 24.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal," a Meteorological Department official said. (PTI)
Kerala: Extremely heavy rains forecast, red alert sounded in six districts
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea as strong winds from westerly direction and speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely along and off the Kerala and Lakshadweep coasts. The South West Monsoon had made its footfall in Kerala on June 8, a week late, marking the official commencement of the four-month rainfall season in the country. Read full story here.
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