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09 Jul 2019 | 12:13 PM UTC

India: Severe weather warnings in northern states July 9-13

India News Alert

Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms forecast in several northern states July 9-13; flooding and associated transportation disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India, Assam state, Meghalaya state, Jharkhand state, Odisha state, Uttarakhand state, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland state, Manipur, Mizoram state, Tripura state, Karnataka state, Goa state, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra

Event

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued weather warnings for several northern states in India between Tuesday, July 9, and Saturday, July 13. They also forecasted extremely heavy rainfall over Assam and Meghalaya states on Tuesday, July 9, as well as thunderstorms over Jharkhand and Odisha states. The IMD also predicted heavy rainfall in several other states including in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Karnataka, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra.

Associated transportation disruptions are possible, including adverse driving conditions and delays or cancelations of train and bus services in the affected regions. Flight disruptions may also occur at Mumbai International Airport (BOM), Kolkata International Airport (CCU), and other regional airports. Consequent flash flooding, landslides, and power outages are also possible.

Context

India experiences severe rain during the monsoon season (June to October). Monsoon rains frequently cause flooding, landslides, telecommunications disruptions, evacuations, and transportation disruptions. Heavy rainfall in Mumbai on July 2 led to the death of 20 people, and the evacuation of approximately 1000 people.

Advice

Individuals in the aforementioned areas are advised to keep abreast of local weather forecasts, anticipate flooding along with transportation disruptions, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities. Be advised that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contract with the water should be disinfected and all food discarded.

 

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