New Delhi. The Meteorological Department has issued a warning about continuous heavy rains. There is a possibility of rain in Uttarakhand for the next five days. The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for the sensitive hill state till July 17. Due to the rains, the water level of the rivers is going above the danger mark. Due to this, there is a flood-like situation in many areas.
With monsoon conditions becoming active, the Meteorological Department has warned of “very heavy” to “extremely heavy” rainfall in Uttarakhand in the next five days. Bikram Singh, head of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Dehradun, said that the intensity of rain may increase again around July 16, so people should remain alert.
How much water is there?
In the last 24 hours, Roorkee has recorded around 300 mm rainfall, followed by Luxor near Haridwar at 220 mm and Sambhal in western Uttar Pradesh at 212 mm. Rudraprayag also recorded around 100 mm rainfall on Wednesday.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh and Haryana
Devastated by the worst floods in decades, northwest India is yet to recover from the extensive damage caused by record rains that began on July 8. Rainfall in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh has now started receding, but the latest forecast released on Thursday indicates that rains are likely to occur at a few places in northern Haryana and Himachal Pradesh in the next few days.
Plains flooded with water
“Though the intensity of rain is not expected to be as high as in the previous round, it will continue. However, due to rain, the soil has become saturated with water, so the ability to absorb more water by the ground will be less. Surendra Paul, senior scientist at the IMD, said, “This increases the chances of surface runoff and flooding. It becomes even more so in hilly areas,” he said.
Landslide threat in hilly states
This could also increase the risk of landslides on sensitive routes leading to the hill states, with authorities urging people to take precautions and avoid travel to these states. The Meteorological Department has urged farmers to postpone the sowing of crops until the current rainfall activity completely subsides and optimum moisture conditions are maintained.