The onset of monsoon has brought incessant rains in several parts of the country, including Mumbai where massive overnight downpour led to at least 20 deaths and massive damage following landslides on Sunday morning. Several parts of the Maharashtra capital reported waterlogging while rainwater entered many houses.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) turned the alert from ‘orange’ to ‘red’ for Mumbai in the backdrop of the heavy rains. In an early morning bulletin, the IMD said a sudden change in climatic conditions led to Mumbai witnessing over 100 mm rainfall in six hours.
The weatherbody said the city would receive “heavy to very heavy” rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places. The IMD predicted widespread rainfall on the country’s western coast, except in Gujarat, for the next five-six days. Heavy rains are likely to pound the Konkan region, Goa, the Ghats of central Maharashtra, coastal and southern Karnataka, Kerala and Mahe. Similar downpour is expected to be seen over northeast India and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on Sunday and Monday.
It said intense rainfall activity likely over north India from July 18-21 and over the west coast till July 23.
The weatherman further predicted moderate to severe thunderstorm with lightning at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and east Rajasthan during the next 24 hours and warned against injuries and deaths of human beings and animals.
The IMD said rainfall activity is very likely to increase with widespread rainfall to isolated heavy to very heavy rains very likely over the western Himalayan region (Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) and adjoining northwest India — Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP and north Madhya Pradesh — from July 18 to 21.
There will be decrease in rainfall activity over the same regions thereafter.
Isolated, extreme heavy rainfall is also very likely over Uttarakhand on July 18 and 19 and over northwestern parts of UP on July 19.
Moderate to heavy rainfall at isolated places are also very likely over Delhi and Chandigarh on July 18 and 19.
Western and southern India is also expected to receive heavy rains. Isolated heavy falls are likely over east and adjoining central India from July 22 onwards.
Meanwhile, Delhi and its suburbs may see generally cloudy sky with moderate rain during the day.
(With agency inputs)