Over the next three days, extensive rain is expected throughout the Konkan, Goa, and ghat areas of central Maharashtra, according to the IMD.
The death toll in Maharashtra’s flood-ravaged regions rose to 192 on Monday, despite the rainfall draining and the two lanes of the Pune-Bengaluru national highway reopening after a four-day closure. While 25 people are still missing, 3.7 lakh people, the majority of them are from the Sangli area, have been evacuated. The Panchganga and Krishna rivers in Western Maharashtra are still dangerously high.
According to the Times of India, heavy rains have triggered landslides in Konkan and western Maharashtra since last Thursday, inflicting significant destruction. There have been 95 casualties in the Raigad district alone. Over the next three days, extensive rain is expected throughout the Konkan, Goa, and ghat areas of central Maharashtra, according to the IMD. After his aircraft couldn’t land owing to limited visibility, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had to cut short his aerial inspection of Satara district.
The state’s deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar, has claimed that “human participation” may not be a factor in the landslides in the state and that the state will form a team of geological experts to examine the reason. “The landslides did not occur in regions prone to landslides. Pawar was reported in the newspaper as stating, “There is no human participation in these areas,” after witnessing flood-ravaged Sangli from a lifeboat.
Meanwhile, the IMD has projected extensive rainfall activity with heavy to heavy rains through July 29 across Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, as well as Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
The IMD has issued an orange signal for Madhya Pradesh, forecasting severe to extremely heavy rains. On Monday, the highest temperature in Delhi was 33.1 degrees Celsius. On Tuesday, moderate rain is anticipated in the national capital during the day.
With torrential rains pelting Jammu, a few low-lying districts have been flooded, and water has entered many homes. Due to bad weather, police have urged people to avoid traveling on the Jammu-Srinagar national route.
The IMD has projected extensive rainfall activity with heavy to heavy rains over Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh till July 29 in its most recent bulletin.
To avoid any adverse incidents, the Shimla Meteorological Centre has urged the public not to venture near rivers and other water bodies in the hill state in the coming days. It also warned of flash floods, landslides, and tree uprooting in the coming days owing to heavy rain. Rain has been falling in parts of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh since Sunday.