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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Heavy rains to continue in Konkan and Goa region, says IMD; Mumbai likely to experience thundershowers today

A day after monsoon marked its official arrival in Mumbai, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has further predicted heavy rains over the south Konkan region and Goa on Sunday.
"Heavy to very heavy" rains are likely at isolated places over north Konkan, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, Vidarbha and Gangetic West Bengal, while a few places over coastal Karnataka and isolated places over Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Meghalaya, Odisha, south-central Maharashtra, south interior Karnataka and Kerala, Madhya Pradesh are likely to experience heavy rainfall.
Thunderstorms accompanied with gusty winds and lightning are "very likely" at isolated places over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, east Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh.
Squally winds speed reaching 40­-50 kilometres per hour gusting to 60 kilometres per hour are verly likely along and off Kerala­, Karnataka­, and Maharashtra coasts, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and also over Odisha and West Bengal coasts and the north Bay of Bengal.
Fishermen have been advised to not venture into eastcentral, westcentral and southwest Arabian Sea, Odisha and West Bengal coasts and north Bay of Bengal at least till 11 June as sea condition is expected to be "rough to very rough", the IMD said.

Vehicles and pedestrians wade through a water logged street following heavy monsoon showers in Mumbai on Saturday. PTI
Vehicles and pedestrians wade through a water logged street following heavy monsoon showers in Mumbai on Saturday.
Maharashtra rains forecast
The IMD has forecast thundershowers accompanied with gusty winds at many places and heavy rainfall at isolated places in Mumbai till Sunday. In Maharashtra, five districts including Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg are expected to witness rainfall at most places with "heavy to very heavy" rainfall very likely at few places on Sunday.
The rainfall activity over interior parts of peninsular India is very likely to reduce substantially from 12 June, according to the IMD.
Moderate to heavy showers over next 24 hours in Mumbai
According to private weather forecast agency Skymet Weather, an off trough is currently running along the west coast from Maharashtra to Kerala, while another trough is running from east Uttar Pradesh to Telangana across Vidarbha.
This could result in "moderate to heavy showers" over Vidarbha, Marathwada, and Konkan and Goa including Mumbai for the next 24 hours from Saturday.
Dust storms kill 26 in Uttar Pradesh, two dead in Maharashtra
Twenty-six people were killed in dust storms and lightning that struck parts of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, while two persons died on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra.
There were reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions.
As many as 26 people were killed due to dust storms and lightning strikes in Uttar Pradesh, a government spokesperson told PTI.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district magistrates of the affected areas to immediately provide compensation to families of those killed and said no laxity will be tolerated.
In Maharashtra's Thane district, fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning at around 6 am. He died on the spot, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell Shivaji Patil told PTI.
Six others, who were out in the open at that time, were also injured due to the lightning strike and have been admitted to a local hospital.
A woman, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on the GB Road in Thane. An official said heavy rains apparently led to the accident.

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