Incessant downpour triggered by a series of low pressure areas over the Bay of Bengal increased water level in several rivers, submerged many low- lying areas and claimed two more lives on Friday in Odisha, PTI reported. The death toll in rain-related incidents in the state has risen to five. The fresh spell of rainfall has claimed two lives due to wall collapse incidents. Earlier, two persons had been swept away by the strong current of a river in Moroda area of Mayurbhanj district on August 19 and another person was killed in a wall collapse incident on August 16 in Patnagarh area of Balangir district.
The Indian Meteorological Centre has predicted more downpour for Odisha in next few days as a fresh low pressure area is likely to develop over Northwest Bay of Bengal and neighbouring areas around August 23. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast from August 24 to 26 as squally weather with surface wind up to 55 kmph speed may prevail during the period.
Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, due to a well marked low pressure area and a shifting monsoon trough, IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts over the next 24 hours with gusty winds. The IMD official added that an “orange warning” (indicating heavy to very heavy rainfall) has been issued for the Vidarbha region for the next 48 hours.
The prevailing weather systems are also likely to trigger intense showers in parts of East Rajasthan tomorrow and in Gujarat the day after, according to the weather bureau’s daily bulletin. Heavy downpour will persist in the other areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan till August 23, IMD said.
The formation of a new low pressure area over Bay of Bengal is likely to lead to increased rainfall activity over east and adjoining central India from Sunday onwards. Heavy to very heavy rain is predicted in parts of Odisha, Jharkhand, and Gangetic West Bengal between August 23 and 25.
According to the IMD’s latest predictions, light to moderate intensity falls are expected to occur over Delhi, Roorkee, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal over the next two hours.
21.08.2020: 0900 IST: Llight to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Saharanpur, Roorkee, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, narwana Delhi during next two hours.
— India Met. Dept. (@Indiametdept) August 21, 2020
Moderate thunderstorms accompanied with lightning are likely to take place in parts of Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, and coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 12 hours.
Meanwhile, heavy to very heavy showers have also been predicted in some remaining parts along India’s West Coast, including Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan and Goa. Prompted by strong winds along the Southwest and adjoining West Central Arabian Sea and squally weather over the south Gujarat-Maharashtra-Goa coasts and along and off the Odisha-West Bengal coasts, the IMD has advised fishermen not to venture into the water in these areas.
The IMD has not predicted any significant change in temperatures over most parts of the country over the next 3-4 days. Yesterday, the highest maximum temperature of 38.0° was recorded in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer, while the lowest minimum temperature of 19.4°C was recorded at Chandrapur, Vidarbha.