IMD forecasts heavy rains in Northeast, Bihar, and other states until August 27; refer to full forecast for details.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued predictions regarding heavy rainfall across various regions of India, leading to potential landslides and flooding that could result in casualties and property damage.

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In the recent weather update, the IMD has indicated the likelihood of heavy rains in several parts of the country. Specifically, the forecast suggests that northeastern India, including Sikkim, is anticipated to experience isolated heavy rainfall over the next 2-3 days. Additionally, the IMD’s projections include heavy rainfall in Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Bihar until the 27th of August.

Tragic consequences have already unfolded due to the heavy rains. In Sikkim, one person lost their life due to landslides triggered by the heavy downpour. The impact of the rain was also felt in Soreng and Namchi districts, where landslides caused extensive damage to roads, houses, crops, water supply, and electricity, as reported by PTI.

The state of Himachal Pradesh, already grappling with weeks of relentless heavy rainfall, has borne a significant toll in terms of lives lost and property damage. The State Disaster Management Authority revealed that numerous rain-related incidents, such as landslides and cloudbursts, have led to the unfortunate demise of at least 367 individuals this monsoon season. Alongside the human casualties, the state is also facing an estimated monetary loss of nearly ₹12,000 crore.

In Odisha, IMD’s forecast indicates the continuation of heavy rainfall until the current date, which is the 26th of August. The region can expect thunderstorms accompanied by lightning in various districts.

For the eastern and northeastern parts of India, the IMD has outlined the following predictions:

*Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim can anticipate isolated heavy rainfall from the 25th to the 27th of August.

*Bihar and Odisha are expected to experience isolated heavy rainfall on the 25th and 26th of August.

*Northeast India is projected to witness isolated heavy rainfall over the next four days, with Assam & Meghalaya likely to face isolated very heavy rainfall from the 25th to the 27th of August.

Furthermore, the weather department has indicated that rainfall activity in other parts of the country is expected to be subdued over the coming week. Fishermen have been cautioned to avoid venturing into the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal during the next four days, as the IMD warns of squally wind speeds ranging from 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph, in these regions.

In light of these forecasts, the IMD’s advisory underscores the need for precaution and vigilance, especially in the areas prone to heavy rainfall, potential landslides, and flooding.

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