Monsoon fury: IMD issues red, orange alerts in several states
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) recently issued a red alert for Telangana till Monday. For the past few days, the state has witnessed significant rainfall. The IMD also issued an orange alert for four Himachal Pradesh districts—Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, and Mandi—for the next three days. Further heavy rain is expected across Gujarat, Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Vidarbha, and Andhra Pradesh.
- The monsoon rains continued to lash parts of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Telangana.
- Increased water levels in the Godavari river have affected the low-level regions of Odisha and AP.
- In Maharashtra, a large number of students recently failed to turn up for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) due to heavy rains.
- Himachal Pradesh has witnessed flash floods, causing landslides and inundating villages.
Hyderabad, the joint capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, reported losses from businesses and inconveniences for people due to flooding. Meanwhile, the IMD has warned that rain activity in Himachal Pradesh is expected to intensify further from Tuesday (July 26). The western state of Rajasthan witnessed severe rains amid the ongoing monsoon season, with Kota's Ladpura area receiving 130mm before 8:30 am on Saturday.
Heavy rain is expected in Odisha till Monday, as well as in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim till Wednesday. Heavy rain is also anticipated in Gangetic West Bengal, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Monday and Tuesday, and in Bihar on Wednesday. Throughout the northeastern states, moderate to heavy rain is expected over the next five days.
Isolated heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and lightning are expected over Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, as well as Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand till Wednesday. The rainfall is expected to be widespread throughout Punjab and Haryana-Chandigarh on Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday, west Rajasthan till Tuesday, and east Rajasthan till Wednesday.