Heavy rain alert in central Maharashtra, Konkan-Goa : IMD


PUNE: High alert has been issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday in some areas of the Konkan-Goa and Madhya Maharashtra following heavy rainfall.

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As per the reports, the bulletin of Konkan and Goa showed “red” for July 18 and for Madhya Maharashtra, it showed “orange” for July 18 and 19. It added that  Konkan-Goa and several low areas of Madhya Maharashtra will witness heavy rain.

Alibaug, Bhira, Dahanu, Goa (Panjim), Harnai, Mumbai and Ratnagiri comes under Konkan and Goa region. On the other hand,  Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon,  Jeur, Kolhapur, Mahabaleshwar, Malegaon, Nasik, Sangli, Satara and Solapur comes under Madhya Maharashtra region.

IMD forecast bulletin showed “red” signal for south Konkan and Goa while it added that north Konkan isolated places will face heavy to very heavy rains.

“The red signifies that people in the region should be ‘most vigilant’. Wherever alerts or warnings are given during forecasts of heavy rain, chances of damage to life or property, flooding and trees falling among other such incidents are high,” an official from the IMD’s National Weather Forecasting Centre in New Delhi stated.
On July 18 evening, IMD bulletin indicated red caution for few areas. It showcased that those areas may get over 21cm rainfall in 24 hours. While caution in “orange” revealed that a region may get over 12cm rainfall in 24 hours span of time.

“One or two places in Konkan and Goa were likely to witness massive rainfall on July 18 — the caution being applicable for 24 hours till 8.30pm on July 19.” An IMD official stated.

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“More than 25% places in Konkan-Goa are likely to receive heavy rain, with chances of ‘extremely heavy falls’ at one or two places. On July 19 too, the region is in the ‘orange’ with chances of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places. Similarly, heavy to heavy rainfall is very likely in Madhya Maharashtra on July 18 and 19,” he added.