The after effects of the deep depression formed over Lakshadweep in the Arabian Sea that intensified into a cyclonic storm (Tauktae) over the archipelago and adjoining southeast east central Arabian Sea moving northwards during the past six hours, has caused huge damage to the coastal areas in Kerala.
Even though the depression is approximately around 290 km away from Kannur, on account of the heavy rains across the state, and with the sea turning rough, the state government has been forced to open numerous camps across the state to move people to safety.
According to the India Meteorological Department Tauktae is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and expected to move north-north-westwards and reach near the Gujarat coast by May 18 morning.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has informed the preparedness of the state in facing any calamity arising out of the cyclonic storm.
“Even though, Kerala is not in the predicted path of the cyclone, heavy rains, strong winds and strong sea gusts are expected in the State till May 16. We should exercise utmost caution in districts and adjoining districts where the Meteorological Department has issued a Red and Orange Alert,” said Vijayan and appealed to all to cooperate with the authorities and move out to camps whenever told.
Even though so far there has been no casualties reported, the rain and the rough sea has caused innumerable hardships to the people, who are already battling the Covid pandemic.
The worst affected on account of the rough sea include the coastal hamlets in the state capital, parts of Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode.
Starting Friday night, huge number of trees were uprooted and power supply disrupted for long hours on account of the high speed winds and heavy rain. In many places the supply was restored on Saturday, while in few places it’s yet to be restored.
With the state under a total lockdown from May 8, the only saving grace was the police did not have much work to man people on the roads.
Delhi-NCR receives more rain, orange alert activated
Thursday morning saw light showers across the national capital and adjoining areas that later developed into an orange alert warning as moderate to heavy rainfall was predicted for the day by the IMD.
Moderate to heavy rains will continue in the national capital till Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
The city received 2 mm rainfall at Safdarjung observatory, in the last 24 hours till 8.30 a.m. on Thursday.
The maximum temperature on Wednesday was recorded at 35.3 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal, while the minimum was at 24.8 degrees Celsius.
For Thursday, the MeT has forecast the maximum will hover around 32 degrees Celsius and the minimum around 25 degrees Celsius.
With Thursday’s rain, it has increased the number of rainy days for September to 13, the second highest since 2011, according to the IMD.
According to MeT data, during the month of September (from 2011 to 2021), the highest number of days of rainfall in Delhi was recorded at 14 in September 2018, then the total rainfall in the month was recorded at 237.8 mm.
In September this year (till September 14) Delhi has received 432.9 mm rainfall.
The weather forecasting agency has also predicted strong winds in the national capital along with the rain.
At Delhi’s Safdarjung observatory – on September 1, a total of 112.1 mm rainfall was recorded in the city, while on September 2, it was 117.3 mm; on September 3 it was recorded at 1.5 mm; on September 4, the city witnessed 0.7 mm rainfall; on September 7, total rainfall was recorded at 5.3 mm; on September 8, total rainfall in the city was recorded at 54.0 mm; on September 11, it was 94.7 mm; on September 12, the capital witnessed 41.1 mm rainfall; on September 13, it received 1.8 mm rainfall and on September 14, Delhi received 3.5 mm rainfall.
Meanwhile, the city’s air quality improved marginally at some places and was ‘good’ with the Air Quality Index (AQI) at 46 at the US Embassy at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Heavy rainfall continues in Odisha; schools closed in 12 districts
Heavy rainfall continued in many parts of Odisha for the past 24 hours, breaking old records in capital city Bhubaneswar and pilgrim city Puri, the IMD said on Monday. The government closed schools in 12 districts for two days.
The depression over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha coast intensified into a deep depression and crossed the coast near Chandbali in Bhadrak district on Monday morning, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
It is very likely to continue to move west-northwest wards across north Odisha, north Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh during next 48 hours, and weaken into a depression during the subsequent 24 hours, it said.
Under its influence heavy rainfall occurred in coastal, northern and interior pockets of the State since Sunday morning. Highest 530 mm rainfall recorded at Astaranga in Puri district, followed by Kakatpur (525 mm), Balikda (440 mm) in Jagatsinghpur district, Kantapara (381 mm) in Cuttack district and Niali (370).
With 341 mm rainfall in 24 hours (till 8.30 a.m. of Monday), Puri recorded the highest rainfall in a day in 87 years during September, said Umashankar Das, a weather scientist at Bhubaneswar Met centre.
Similarly, capital city Bhubaneswar also broke a 63-year-old rainfall record in this month as the city witnessed 195mm rainfall. On September 9, 1958, the city had received 163 mm rainfall, he said.
Most of the streets in different parts of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack cities were waterlogged following the heavy rainfall. Flood water entered into various low-lying areas, including railway station and Kedargouri temple in Bhubaneswar. The rain water also entered into Acharya Harihar cancer hospital in Cuttack causing problems for the patients.
Commissioner of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), Ananya Das said the water-discharge at the cancer hospital is under way while dry food has been arranged for the people in the waterlogged areas. The Jagatsinghpur district administration has evacuated people from the low-lying areas to safer places, sources said.
Predicting very heavy rainfall, the Met Centre has issued a ‘Red’ (take action) warning for Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Sonepur and Bargarh districts. Orange warning (be prepared) has been issued for Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Sundergarh, Boudh, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Puri and Cuttack.
The weather office advised people to avoid movement in the affected areas as there is a possibility of flash floods/water-logging in the low-lying areas. There will be reduction in visibility that may cause traffic congestion in city areas, it said.
Meanwhile, the School and Mass Education Minister Samir Das said schools have been closed in 12 districts for two days (today and tomorrow) in view of the heavy rainfall warning.
Bus gets stuck under Delhi’s Palam flyover underpass, firemen rescue passengers
Heavy rain since Saturday morning led to water-logging in various areas of the national capital with a bus carrying passengers from the Indira Gandhi International Airport getting stuck due to water-logging at South Delhi’s Palam flyover. However, all the bus passengers were rescued with the help of fire brigade personnel.
On Saturday morning, the bus coming from the airport was moving towards its destination through the Palam flyover but while passing through the underpass, the bus suddenly stalled due to a technical fault.
With the passengers being trapped in the middle of the water, fire brigade personnel immediately rushed to their help.
As many as 40 passengers inside the bus were evacuated safely.
A video of this incident has gone viral on the social media in which firefighters are seen evacuating the passengers from the bus in south Delhi and the passengers are seen leaving the underpass along with their luggage.
According to the fire department, they received a call at 11.31 a.m., following which two fire tenders reached the spot and all the passengers in the bus were safely taken out.
A police official said, “Nearly 30 to 40 people were sitting in the bus while it was coming out from the IGI airport, and suddenly stopped beneath the Palam flyover underpass. However, all passengers have been rescued safely now.”
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