In Sironj of Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, the heavy rain since last night seems to be raining. Due to the heavy rain that started late in the night, the roads were completely submerged and the shops and houses started flooding due to which the whole life came to a standstill. Four wheelers parked in front of the houses also drowned more than half. Due to heavy rains, the nearby river drains also came in spate and the lower settlements were filled with water. Sironj SDM Anjali Shah said that due to rain falling and damage to houses in Athaikheda village, arrangements have been made for 9 members of affected families to stay in the relief camp set up in the government school building. Basic facilities and food have been arranged for the residents of the camp.
At the same time, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday that heavy rain is forecast to continue in West and Central India for the next three-four days. At the same time, a ‘red’ alert has been issued expressing the forecast of heavy to very heavy rains in the financial capital of the country. While issuing an orange alert for other districts of this region including Bhandara, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Yavatmal in eastern Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, IMD said that heavy to very heavy rains are forecast here. However, the Meteorological Office has said that there may be a decrease in rain in North India after 24 hours. According to the IMD, the red alert is a metaphor for ‘alert’ and its issuance means that the authorities “get to work to deal with the situation”.
According to the IMD, a cyclone-like situation is prevailing in the Bay of North West Bengal and due to its impact, a low pressure area is likely to form over the Bay of North West Bengal and adjoining areas in the next 48 hours. In such a situation, monsoon is likely to remain active in Vidarbha region between July 21-23.
The Meteorological Department official said that there is a forecast of heavy to very heavy rains in most of the remote areas of eastern Vidarbha. Nagpur, the largest city in the Vidarbha region, recorded 25.6 mm of rain in the last 24 hours till 5.30 pm.
Heavy rain likely in Marathwada
There is also a possibility of widespread rain in Marathwada region till Thursday and after that the intensity of rain may reduce. Another official of the Meteorological Department office said that a low pressure area is forming along the coast between Maharashtra and Karnataka, due to which westerly winds with moisture often blow over the land from the Arabian Sea. Apart from this, there are east-west wind systems in Maharashtra and this is creating favorable conditions for monsoon, he said. “Konkan, Goa and Madhya Maharashtra have two concurrent systems for very heavy rains, especially in the Ghat areas.