Rain disrupts normal life; red alert in Goa, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh

Kerala, Uttarakhand among most affected states

PTI7_13_2018_000166 Water logging after heavy monsoon rain at Minto Bridge in Connaught Place in New Delhi | PTI

Monsoon rain has wreaked havoc and has disrupted normalcy across India with Kerala and Uttarakhand, among the most affected regions. The southern peninsula and central India have been witnessing good rains. The two regions gauged 17 and 7 per cent more precipitation than the normal limit.

The IMD has issued a red-coded warning for Goa, Konkan region, parts of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh and an amber-coded warning for parts of Gujarat, Kerala, east Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. A red-coded warning has been issued for the Konkan and parts of Gujarat for July 17.

Heavy rain has claimed lives and properties in various parts of the country. In Kerala, at least five have been killed and three are missing following heavy rain. Heavy rain in southern districts was triggered by a depression off Odisha coasts. Authorities of eight districts from Thiruvananthapuram to Thrissur have declared holiday for educational institutions on Monday as a precaution to avoid rain-related accidents.

In Uttarakhand, houses and vehicles have been severely damaged after a cloudburst in Kundi village of Chamoli district, in the early hours of Monday. The cloudburst has damaged the houses of three villagers, 10 shops, seven vehicles, and three bikes.

The monsoon trough continues to remain active in the next three days, the MeT department said. A well-marked low pressure area lies over northwest Bay of Bengal and adjoining Odisha. The system is very likely to move westwards across central India, thereby enhancing the rainfall over Odisha, Chhattisgarh during next 48 hours and over Maharashtra on July 16 and 17, the IMD said.

On July 16, heavy to very heavy rain with extremely heavy falls are very likely at isolated places over Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Goa.

Heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places over Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha; heavy rain at isolated places over Andhra Pradesh, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Chandigarh, and West Madhya Pradesh, the IMD said. 

The country-wide monsoon deficiency has dropped to five per cent but has risen to 30 per cent in east and northeast India, according to IMD data.