Monsoon strong, flash flood alert for next 24 hours sounded across country

In addition, IMD predicted isolated extremely heavy rainfall over northwest regions, east and northeast regions in the next 4-5 days.
IMD advises people to stay away from water bodies in view of flash flood.
IMD advises people to stay away from water bodies in view of flash flood.Photo | PTI

NEW DELHI: The India Meteorological Department on Friday issued an alert on flash floods in next 24 hours due to prevailing strong monsoon systems as it predicted widespread intense rains in northwest and east India, northeast region, Western Ghats and Gujarat.

In addition, IMD predicted isolated extremely heavy rainfall over northwest regions, east and northeast regions in the next 4-5 days. It has issued a red alert over Uttarakhand, north-eastern states for the next few days.

It has issued a red alert over Uttarakhand, North-eastern states for the next few days. The IMD warned of localised floods in river catchment areas and landslides, and advised people to stay away from water bodies. In its advisory, the met department pointed out moderate to high flash flood risk (FFR) in the eastern region, which include Sikkim, and Himalayan West Bengal, and the northern region, including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

IMD advises people to stay away from water bodies in view of flash flood.
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“Low to medium flash flood risk is likely over a few watersheds and neighbourhoods of east Rajasthan and eastern parts of west Rajasthan, southern region Western Ghats and western region Konkan and Gujarat,” the IMD said in its bulletin.

“Moderate to high flash flood risk is also likely over a few watersheds and neighbourhoods of sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during next 24 hours,” the bulletin said.

“The moderate FFR risk is likely to spill over to a few watersheds and neighbourhoods of Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh met sub-divisions during next 24 hours,” it said, adding that fast water flow on the surface may cause inundation.

IMD advises people to stay away from water bodies in view of flash flood.
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High FFR is likely in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand as well as Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh met sub-divisions. In Rajasthan, there would be low to moderate FFR in both regions Eastern Rajasthan and eastern part of Western Rajasthan. Moreover in the South, low to moderate FFR is likely over a few watersheds of coastal Karnataka, Konkan and Goa, and Gujarat region met sub-divisions during next 24 hours.

A flash flood is caused by excessive rainfall in a short period of time which rip through river beds, urban streets, or mountain canyons, causing loss of lives and properties.

IMD predicted widespread light to moderate rainfall along with thunderstorms and lightning across northwest and central India over the next five days. Some areas could experience very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.

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