Thundershowers accompanied by strong winds hit various parts of the country, including Delhi, Kerala and West Bengal, bringing down temperatures on Thursday. IMD stated that northeastern states like Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura would also experience scattered to fairly widespread rain or thundershowers in the next four days.
Squall with rain and thunderstorms lashed parts of Kerala on Thursday. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Kerala, wet conditions would continue over the state over the next few days, bringing showers in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam ,Thrissur,Palakkad and Wayanad districts in Kerala.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday said meteorologists have warned of excess rainfall in August as part of the southwest monsoon which calls for urgent preparatory works in the event of a 2018-like deluge.
At his daily press briefing in the wake of Covid-19, the chief minister said it is challenging for a state like Kerala to get battle-ready for potential floods when it has been fighting a global pandemic restlessly for the past three months. The state disaster management authority has been taking stock of measures including setting up temporary flood relief centres to house those living in low-lying areas, he said.
“For institutional quarantine purposes, the state has identified 27000 buildings. There are more than 2.5 lakh rooms with attached washrooms in such buildings. If there’s an emergency situation, we have located more buildings as well. On a parallel scale, there’s the challenge of relocating those from flood-prone areas. We have to be ready to overcome any bad situation. Since the threat of Covid infection spread exists, we cannot house all the flood-affected people together,” he said. Read in Malayalam
Dust storm and heavy rains swept parts of Delhi-NCR too — the second spell of dust storms to hit Delhi and nearby areas in less than a week. Hailstorm was also reported at isolated places, especially in North Delhi, weather experts said. Trees were uprooted, damaging power lines and vehicles in certain areas. Delhi residents shared videos of rain water gushing into balconies and plumes of dust engulfing the streets on social media.
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Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the regional forecasting centre of the IMD, said a fresh western disturbance was behind it. Winds at a speed up to 60 km per hour barreled through the national capital whipping up dust storms. The gusty winds and rains led to a significant drop in the mercury especially in North Delhi. The temperatures dropped by at least two notches elsewhere, he said.
Cumulonimbus clouds due to western disturbance and induced cyclonic circulation over Punjab and Haryana led to dust storms and hail storms in parts of Delhi, Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private forecasting service, said. Northwest India hasn’t witnessed a heatwave so far — the reason being frequent western disturbances this year.
Few districts in Bengal experienced thundershowers, with hailstorm and lightning. According to IMD, a low pressure area lies over southeast of Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood. “Associated cyclonic circulation extends up to mid-tropospheric levels. It is likely to concentrate into a depression over central parts of south Bay of Bengal by May 15 and further intensify into a cyclonic storm over the same region by May 16,” IMD said in its evening bulletin. Fishermen from Odisha and West Bengal have also been advised not to venture into the sea and those already out have been advised to return to the coast.