Twelve people were killed in rain and flood incidents across the country, while IMD issued red alerts on Wednesday for Gujarat and coastal Maharashtra following heavy rains in Mumbai and surrounding areas .
While seven people died in the Assam floods, four, including a pregnant woman, died in the collapse of a house in Uttarakhand. A farmer was killed after being struck by lightning in Maharashtra.
According to an official bulletin, 36 lakh people were affected in 26 districts of Assam due to the floods. Of the seven dead, three died in the district of Morigaon, two in Barpeta and one in the districts of Sonitpur and Golaghat.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that so far, 92 people have died in flood-related incidents. Sixty-six people died in the floods and 26 were killed in landslides.
Following the heavy downpour in Mumbai and on the coast of Maharashtra, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) changed the warning status from orange to red. The city has been experiencing torrential rain since Tuesday evening, causing water accumulations in many regions.
A red alert has been issued for Mumbai, said RK Jenamani, a scientist at the National Weather Forecasting Center.
A bulletin indicates that scattered “heavy to very heavy rain” with isolated “extremely heavy rain” is very likely to occur in the districts of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Ratnagiri in the next 18 hours.
He added that due to the heavy rains, flooding of the lower areas is expected. The rains could also disrupt electricity and water supplies, local traffic and road transport.
Until 8:30 am, Dadar recorded 15.9 centimeters of rain; Parel 13.2 cm; Colaba 12.9 cm; Worli 11.7 cm; Santacruz 10.6 cm; Santacruz 6.3 cm; Borivali 10.1 cm.
From 8:30 am to 11:30 am, Santacruz received 6.3 centimeters of rain; Bandra 9.5 cm; Colaba 1.2 cm; Mahalakshmi 5.3 cm; Ram Mandir (west railway) 6.3 cm.
Meanwhile, in Nagpur district, Maharashtra, a farmer died after being struck by lightning. He had gone to the fields to bring his cows home when lightning struck him Tuesday evening.
The IMD on Thursday forecast “ heavy to very heavy rain ” in Gujarat and issued a red alert to this effect.
The meteorological department also issued an orange alert for Goa, coastal and central Maharashtra for the same day.
According to IMD data, the Delhi Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative figures for the city, has so far recorded 44 mm of rain in July, about 50% less than normal at 88.3 mm.
Weather stations at Palam and Lodhi Road in the nation’s capital also recorded 24 and 43 percent less rain in July.
Mahesh Palawat of Skymet Weather, a private forecasting agency, said Delhi had received only isolated light rain in the past few days as the monsoon trough moved to the foothills of the Himalayas.
Currently, the monsoon axis is south of Delhi. It will begin to move north on July 17 and will cause rains in northwest India, particularly in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.
A new wave of light to moderate rains is expected from July 17 to 20 in the national capital, Kuldeep Srivastava, head of the regional forecast center of IMD.
“We expect to record about 20mm of rain in Delhi during this period, which will reduce the deficiency to some extent,” he said, adding that the mercury is expected to fall in the lower 1930s .
On Wednesday, the city continued to tremble in hot, humid weather, lacking rain.
The Safdarjung Observatory recorded a maximum of 37 degrees Celsius, two notches higher than normal. The humidity rose to 81%.
The nation’s capital has so far registered a 50% rainfall deficit in July, but “moderate” showers this weekend are expected to make up for the deficit, the meteorologist said.
In Dehradun District, Uttarakhand, four family members, including a pregnant woman and an eight-year-old girl, were killed and two others injured in their sleep when their home in the Chukkhuwala area collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday, police said.
The house collapsed when a buttress collapsed following heavy rain around 1:30 a.m. While three family members died instantly, another woman died in hospital, they said.
In Uttar Pradesh, light to moderate rain and thunderstorms have occurred in parts of the state. A thunderstorm accompanied by lightning was observed in remote locations in the state.
The meteorologist forecast rains and thunderstorms in many places over the state on July 16 and 17.
In Haryana and Punjab, maximum temperatures hovered near normal limits.
Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, received heavy showers Tuesday evening and recorded a maximum temperature of 33.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
In Haryana, Ambala recorded a maximum temperature of 35.1 degrees Celsius, while Hisar recorded a maximum of 36.9 degrees Celsius.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 34.8 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature in Ludhiana was 33.7 degrees and 34 degrees in Patiala.
According to the MeT department, rain or thunderstorms are likely in a few places in the two states over the next two days.
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