Heavy Rainfall Expected in Northern India on Wed-Thu, says IMD
Heavy Rainfall Expected in Northern India on Wed-Thu, says IMD

New Delhi: According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in northern India are bracing for heavy rainfall ranging from 115.6 to 204.4 mm on Wednesday and Thursday. An orange alert has been issued for these two states.

Between 1 June and 23 July, northwest India received a substantial 40% above-normal rainfall, measuring at 318.8 mm. Himachal Pradesh witnessed rainfall 78% above the average, while Uttarakhand saw 26% above the normal rainfall.

The intensity of the heavy showers could lead to localized flooding and landslides.

In addition to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan have also received an orange alert. Heavy-to-very heavy rainfall is expected in Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh, and East Rajasthan on Wednesday.

Southern India, including south interior and coastal Karnataka, Kerala, and Telangana, and central India, encompassing Odisha, Goa, and Maharashtra, have also been issued an orange alert until Thursday.

During Wednesday-Thursday, isolated very heavy rainfall is anticipated over Vidarbha and Chhattisgarh. Moreover, Konkan, Goa, and the ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra may experience extremely heavy rainfall on Wednesday. Odisha is likely to encounter very heavy rainfall on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

IMD's Agromet services have advised farmers in these regions to drain out excess water from crop fields.

Furthermore, specific farming activities have been recommended to be postponed. For instance, farmers in Konkan are advised to delay transplanting of rice and finger millet. In Gujarat and ghat regions of Madhya Maharashtra, rice transplanting should be postponed. In Telangana, direct sowing of rice should be delayed. Saurashtra farmers are instructed to delay sowing of castor and pigeon peas. Coastal Karnataka farmers are urged to postpone groundnut, maize, late-sown cotton, and red gram.

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