IMD issues 'orange alert' predicting heavy rainfall in parts of Madhya Pradesh
The IMD also issued two separate yellow alerts warning of heavy rains, a thunderstorm and lightning strikes in the 28 districts of the state
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued an orange alert predicting heavy to very heavy rains, ranging from 64.5 mm to 204.4 mm, in four districts in western Madhya Pradesh even as showers continued to lash large parts of the state.
The IMD also issued two separate yellow alerts warning of heavy rains, a thunderstorm and lightning strikes in the 28 districts of the state.
All three alerts are valid till Sunday morning, an IMD official said.
According to the orange alert, heavy to heavy rainfall accompanied by thunder and lightning might occur in isolated places in Dhar, Ratlam, Ujjain and Dewas districts, PK Saha, a senior meteorologist with the IMD's Bhopal office, said.
A yellow alert forecasting heavy rainfall ranging between 64.5 and 115.5 mm, and thunder with lightning strikes at isolated places is issued for 13 districts - Mandsaur, Neemuch, Datia, Bhind, Morena, Shivpuri, Agar Malwa, Shajapur, Jhabua, Betul, Rajgarh, Narsinghpur and Chhindwara, he added.
Another yellow alert predicting lightning strikes accompanied by thunder at isolated places is sounded for 15 districts, namely Dewas, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Ratlam, Shajapur, Agar, Ujjain, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia, Ashok Nagar, Guna, Bhind and Morena, he said.
Met Department issues a yellow alert when weather conditions are less severe but people should be aware of the danger. An orange alert is a forecast of rain and thundershowers, along with heavy rainfall in isolated pockets accompanied with gusty winds.
Large parts of Madhya Pradesh have been witnessing intermittent rainfall for the last three days.
Gwalior, Betul, Ratlam, and Bhopal city received 25.6 mm, 12 mm, 9 mm and 8.4 mm rainfall, respectively, between 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday.
Saha said a monsoon trough was passing through the Tikamgarh and Sindhi districts of MP. Besides, the cyclonic circulation is lying over northeast Rajasthan and adjoining northwest Madhya Pradesh, he said, adding these two systems were bringing forth moisture, causing rain in MP.
Heavy rains had wreaked havoc in Gwalior and Chambal divisions of Madhya Pradesh earlier this month, triggering floods and killing at least two dozen people between August 1 and 7, officials had said.
The IMD had issued an ‘orange alert’ for the national capital on Saturday, and the city recorded 139 mm rainfall, the highest one-day rain for August in at least 13 years, and issued 'orange alert' for the city.
The Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official marker for Delhi, recorded 139 mm rainfall, while the Ridge Station registered 149.2 mm rainfall from 8.30 am on Friday to 8.30 am on Saturday, they said.
This is the highest one-day rain for the month of the August in at least 13 years, they said.
The all-time highest rainfall was 184 mm on August 2, 1961, they added.