The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday predicted heavy to very heavy showers in parts of north, northeast and south India in the next three days, highlighting that the country recorded its highest rainfall in 44 years in the month of August.
Nearly 5,000 people were shifted to safer places in Gujarat’s Bharuch and Vadodara districts after flooding in several villages due to rise in level of the Narmada river, while over 3,000 people have been evacuated from Bhandara and Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra’s Vidarbha after heavy downpour in neighbouring parts of Madhya Pradesh.
In Delhi the water level of the Yamuna was receding gradually and the river was flowing below the warning mark in Delhi. Light to very light rain and thundershower occurred at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, and heavy rains were recorded in several parts of Rajasthan.
The IMD said heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places in west Rajasthan on September 1. Heavy falls are likely in isolated parts of Punjab, east Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, coastal and south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal, Kerala and Mahe, it added.
Strong wind with speed reaching 45-55 kmph is very likely over the southwest Arabian Sea. Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely over south Andaman Sea and adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean, the IMD said.
Heavy to very heavy precipitation is expected at isolated places in Odisha, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and Kerala and Mahe on September 2.
It said heavy falls are likely in isolated places of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan, Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Assam, Meghalaya, Odisha, coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Rayalaseema, coastal Karnataka and Lakshadweep on September 2.
In its flood advisory, the Central Water Commission said the water level of Chambal river and its tributaries, and the Mahi river in Madhya Pradesh and east Rajasthan are expected to rise rapidly.
Gandhisagar dam, Som Kamala Amba dam, Kalisindh dam, Mahi Bajaj Sagar dam, Panchana dam in Madhya Pradesh and Rana Pratap Sagar dam and Kota Barrage in Rajasthan are expected to get heavy inflows, it said.
Close watch is to be maintained in districts Dhar, Mandasour in Madhya Pradesh and Tonk, Banswara, Udaipur, Jhalawar, Baran, Chittorgarh, Karrauli, Bundi, Dholpur and Kota in Rajasthan, it added.
The CWC said the Narmada, Mahi, Sabarmati rivers in Gujarat, and west flowing rivers in Konkan and Goa are expected to rise in the next three days.
“Kadana Dam, Ukai Dam, Panam Dam, Madhuban Dam, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Dharoi Dam in Gujarat are expected to get increased inflows. Close watch is to be maintained in the districts of Narmada, Bharuch, Mahisagar, Mehsana, Tapi, Valsad, Panchmahal, Ahmedabad, Banaskantha and Mehsana in Gujarat,” the CWC said.
The MeT department said heavy to very heavy rainfall is also very likely at isolated places of Odisha, south interior Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Puducherry, Karaikal and Kerala, Mahe on September 3 and 4.
The Met said the country saw 27 per cent more rainfall this August, fourth highest in the last 120 years. The overall rainfall recorded in the country from June 1 to August 31 was 10 per cent more than normal, it added.