NEW DELHI: India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in Northeast States for the next few days. Extreme rainfall is likely during next two days over Kerala and heavy to very heavy rainfall during next three days while isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, with extremely heavy rains too, is likely over Meghalaya till May 17.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday that several districts in North-East India, especially Assam and Meghalaya, and almost all districts in Kerala received extreme downpours since Saturday. This has led to flood conditions at scores of places in both the regions.
The IMD bulletin also said that the advance of Southwest Monsoon into the South Andaman Sea, Nicobar Islands and adjoining Southeast Bay of Bengal will be during next 24 hours. “Due to strong equatorial flow from Bay of Bengal to Andaman Sea in lower tropospheric levels, widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorm/lightning/gusty winds are very likely over Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next five days.”
For North-East India, the IMD attributed strong southwesterly winds from Bay of Bengal to the North-East and adjoining east India at lower tropospheric level as the cause of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) said that the Burhi Dihing in Tinsukia district and Barak in Cachar district were flowing in severe flood situation while a ‘Red Alert’ was sounded for the river Kopili in the Nagaon district as it was flowing at 61.8 metres with extreme flood situation breaking the previous record from 2004.
The IMD forecast said that widespread light/moderate rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during the next five days.
It also said that there would be isolated extremely heavy rainfall very likely over Meghalaya till May 17, isolated heavy rainfall is very likely over Mizoram and Tripura till May 17, isolated to scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorm/lightning/gusty winds are likely over Bihar, Jharkhand, Gangetic West Bengal and Odisha during next five days.