Heavy Rains.

(Shailesh Jadhav/TOI, BCCL)

Monday, July 11: Chhattisgarh was one of the rainy recipients of the cyclonic circulation that energised the rains over central highlands last week. While the situation in the state wasn’t as dire as other parts of the country, the state still experienced heavy to very heavy rains all of last week. Now, new forecasts indicate these conditions are likely to continue over the next five days at least.

As per India Meteorological Department (IMD), the already active monsoon trough and the developing low-pressure area near Odisha could collectively cause fairly widespread to widespread rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning over Chhattisgarh during the next 4-5 days, with heavy rains predicted in isolated areas.

Additionally, extremely heavy rainfall will likely lash the East Indian state in isolated to scattered regions on Monday (July 11), while some other parts might see localised very heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday (July 12-13).

These conditions can prove to be extremely precarious for the residents of the state, because of which the IMD has put it under a red warning status (meaning ‘take action’ to keep safe from extreme weather) for Monday. The conditions will improve slightly from Tuesday onwards.

As for specific district-level warnings, the following areas will be under a red warning or orange alert (meaning ‘be prepared’ for rough weather) for the next few days:

  • Monday, July 11: Rajnandgaon, Balod, Kanker, Narayanpur and Bijapur on red warning; Mungeli, Kabirdham, Mahasamund, Gariaband, Dhamtari and Kondagaon on orange alert.
  • Tuesday, July 12: Mungeli, Kabirdham, Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Gariaband and Bijapur are on red warning while Kanker, Kondagaon and Dhamtari remain on orange alert.
  • Wednesday, July 13: Jashpur, Surguja, Baloda Bazar, Mungeli and Kabirdham on orange alert.

Meanwhile, since the beginning of the monsoon season, Chhattisgarh has experienced near-normal rains, accumulating 211 mm of rainfall against the 247 mm it normally gathers between June 1 and July 10.

Three Day Precipitation Accumulation

(TWC Met Team)

But the beginning of the second monsoon month has fared much better for the state, with it bringing in a 24% excess in cumulative rainfall between July 1-10 (135 mm against the normal 109 mm). The capital city, Raipur, however still suffers from a deficiency in rains, accumulating only 76 mm of precipitation against the 101 it normally gathers during the first ten days of July.

While it is yet to be seen whether this deficiency will be overcome in the following days owing to the continuous downpour, heavy rains have already caused some chaos in the capital city over the weekend. The Times of India reported blockage of roads and uprooting of several trees in parts of Raipur, but no casualties have been reported so far.


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