IMD issues Orange alert for heavy rainfall in 7 states

The weather pattern has been attributed to a low-pressure area over northeast Madhya Pradesh

KOLKATA | Updated: 05 August, 2023 2:19 pm IST
Heavy to very heavy downpour is expected to occur (representative).

KOLKATA: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in several states in India’s central, eastern, and northeastern parts beginning Saturday.

Madhya Pradesh is expected to experience heavy to very heavy rainfall on Saturday, with orange alerts issued for east Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and East Uttar Pradesh.

Bihar is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall from August 6 to 8, while Assam and Meghalaya are expected to see heavy to very heavy rainfall on August 6 and August 7.

Very heavy downpour is expected to occur in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand from August 6 to 9.

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IMD attributes the weather pattern to a low-pressure area over northeast Madhya Pradesh, causing heavy rainfall in the state.

Additionally, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted along the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, north Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, and Sikkim over the next four to five days.

Northeast India is expected to experience increased rainfall activity during the next five days, while Peninsular India may have subdued rainfall activity during the same period, according to IMD.

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The department has also warned of potential impacts, including localized flooding and landslides, and advises people to avoid areas prone to waterlogging and stay away from vulnerable structures to ensure safety.

An Orange alert signifies a rainfall range between 115.6 to 204.4 mm in a day, indicating a severe level warning. This alerts the public that the weather could potentially worsen, leading to disruptions and posing a threat to life and property. In case of the Orange alert, people in the affected areas are advised to be prepared for significant changes in weather conditions and ensure they have the necessary measures in place to handle emergencies, as per IMD.

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