IMD issues red alert for parts of central, western India

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New Delhi (NVI): Red warning has been issued for ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall for parts of central and western India by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), over the weekend and Monday, as the monsoon is likely to be active in these regions.

The Met department said, red warning has been issued for eastern Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh on Saturday; Saurashtra, Kutch, Gujarat, eastern and western Rajasthan on Sunday and Saurashtra and Kutch for Monday.

The red category warning implies that disaster management authorities should take action to prevent any rain or flooding disaster, said IMD.

Moreover, the Central Water Commission (CWC) in its flood situation report, has warned that there is a high risk of flash floods in parts of eastern Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, eastern Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh today.

The Met department also said, a well-marked low pressure area lies over central parts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbourhood, and it is very likely to move westwards across West Madhya Pradesh during the next 2-3 days.

Furthermore, the monsoon trough remains active, and is currently south of its normal position (Ganganagar to Bay of Bengal).

According to the IMD’s bulletin, an east-west shear zone (a zone of change in wind direction and velocity) is running across central India.

Due to these favourable conditions, widespread to very heavy rain is likely over Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan during the next 2-3 days, IMD said.

“Extremely heavy rain is likely over eastern Rajasthan and Gujarat during August 22 and 23 and in western Madhya Pradesh and north Madhya Maharashtra on August 22 and Saurashtra and Kutch from August 22 to 23,” it added.

Therefore, under the influence of likely formation of a low-pressure area over northwest Bay of Bengal, rainfall activity is likely to increase over east and adjoining central India from August 23.

Apart from this, heavy to very heavy rain is likely over Odisha from August 23 to 25, over Gangetic West Bengal on August 24 and 25 and over Jharkhand on August 25.