Dust, Thunder Storm In Delhi, Northwest India; Assam Faces Flood, Heavy Rains In Kerala

Meteorological department forecasting a thunderstorm or dust storm in the national capital. Kerala on Red Alert for heavy rains, Arunachal Pradesh sees landslides and Assam people affected by flood.

IMD issues Yellow alert, warns of dust storm in Delhi on May 4. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a partly cloudy sky on Monday morning with the meteorological department forecasting a thunderstorm or dust storm in the national capital that could bring down the mercury by a few notches thereby providing temporary relief from the sweltering heat.

Meanwhile, the MeT department forecasted a cyclonic circulation over Punjab and Haryana that can induce pre-monsoon activities that will provide some relief from the intense heat for the next two days.

Flood Situations In Assam

Around 25,000 people across six districts of Assam have been affected by the first wave of floods in the state this year. Three people including a woman died in landslide incidents in the Haflong area in the Dima Hasao district on Saturday.

Following incessant rains in Assam and neighbouring states– Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh– in the past couple of days, the water level of several rivers is gradually increasing and the water in the Kopili river is flowing above the danger level mark.

According to the flood reports of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), till May 14, a total of 24,681 people in 94 villages in six districts have been affected by the first spell of the flood.

The floodwaters have also submerged 1732.72 hectares of cropland in the flood-hit districts.

Landslides Due To Rain In Arunachal Pradesh

Heavy rain lashed Meghalaya on Friday, claiming two lives and causing landslides in different areas as most rivers flowing above the danger mark, officials said.

The State Disaster Response Force, along with the police and Public Works Department (PWD), has been asked to assess the situation and take necessary action to avoid further damage and inconvenience, the officials said.

Work is underway to clear the debris, they added. According to District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in East Khasi Hills, water from river Wahumkhrah have overtopped banks and flooded nearby houses.

A part of a wall guarding a BSF compound in Umpling here partially collapsed due to rain that began on Thursday night, bringing normal life to a halt. Similar instances of wall collapses were reported from other parts of the state.

In West Khasi hills, too, landslides were recorded in many areas, including Nongstoiñ block. People have been advised to stay away from areas that are prone to landslides.

Heavy Rains In Kerala, IMD Issues Red Alert!

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Ernakulam and Idukki districts of Kerala for Saturday indicating extremely heavy rainfall and an orange alert for southern districts till May 16.

The weatherman has issued a red alert for Ernakulam and Idukki for Saturday while an orange alert has been issued for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Thrissur districts till May 16.

A red alert indicates heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, while an orange alert means very heavy rains from 6 cm to 20 cm of rainfall. A yellow alert means heavy rainfall between 6 to 11 cm.

The IMD said squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail over the Kerala coast and advised fishermen not to venture into the sea till May 16.

The weatherman has also issued a yellow alert for Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts on these days. Since it was raining in the southern part of the state for the past few days, the district administrations have issued warnings to people staying in low lying areas, on the banks of the rivers and in hilly regions to remain vigilant.

The IMD has earlier predicted that the Southwest monsoon, which is also known as Edavapathi in the state, is likely to bring the first showers to Kerala by May 27, five days earlier than the normal onset date.

(Inputs from news agencies)

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