Wednesday, August 4: Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have repeatedly faced the brunt of inclement weather conditions during this monsoon season. The torrential rains have triggered a series of landslides, cloudburst-like downpours, flash floods, and rockslides in several parts of these states, especially Himachal Pradesh.
Now, the latest forecast by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) reveals that the wet spell is likely to prevail over parts of North India throughout this week. The daily bulletin of IMD highlights that the current spell of scattered to fairly widespread rainfall will expand into Uttarakhand, which may witness isolated heavy falls during the next five days.
Meanwhile, the neighbouring state Himachal Pradesh will likely witness isolated heavy falls during the next two days. Due to these weather conditions, the IMD has issued a yellow watch for Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand until Sunday, August 8. This level of advisory instructs residents to ‘be aware’ of the weather conditions.
Moreover, Uttarakhand must brace for heavy to very heavy rains on Thursday, August 5. Accordingly, an orange alert has been issued across the state for this day that urges people to ‘be prepared’ for the rough weather conditions. By August 6, the rough weather conditions are expected to subside marginally over these northern states.
In the past 24 hours, light to moderate rainfall occurred at many places of Uttarakhand due to the prevalence of active monsoon conditions. Some isolated places of the state also witnessed heavy rainfall on August 4, such as Jollygrant, Roshnabad, Sama, Liti, Ganganagar, Mori and Berinag.
On the other hand, Himachal Pradesh was struck by another landslide event on August 4. As per reports, a massive landslide blocked Nahan-Kumarhatti road on National Highway-907. The State Disaster Management Authority has started the restoration work.
Between June 1 to August 3, both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have recorded ‘normal’ rainfall of 384 mm and 660 mm, respectively. In terms of districts, nine out of thirteen in Uttarakhand—including Dehradun—have recorded ‘normal’ rainfall figures in this time frame. The same is the case for 9 of 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh.
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