Bihar lost the maximum number of 379 lives due to flood, thunderstorm, lightning and cold wave, followed by Uttar Pradesh (356), it said in a report.
Heavy downpour continued in Kerala. India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued ‘Red alert’ and extremely heavy rainfall warning for Wayanad and Kozhikode districts on August 06. Intense rainfall and strong winds continued in Wayanad.India Meteorological Department issues ‘Red alert’ in Kerala
On Thursday, a high-level meeting was held in the wake of a high alert issued for Cyclone Burevi, with representatives of armed forces, Coast Guard, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), various department heads, DGP and Chief Secretary, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Thursday.
La Nina conditions played an important factor in having a good monsoon and severe winter conditions in parts of north India. La Nina is associated with the cooling of the Pacific waters -- El Nino is antithesis to it. It is generally observed that a La Nina year also receives good rainfall and winter temperatures are lower than normal.
Rainfall will also be well distributed across the country, with only the northeastern region forecast to get slightly lower rainfall, the India Meteorological Department said.
Considering the size of the Himalayas and its role in India's hydrology, meteorology, disaster management, ecosystem and many other activities, the world has correctly recognised it as the 'third pole of the world', India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra noted.
A Red alert, indicating heavy to very heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, has been sounded for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathnamthitta and Alappuzha districts on December 3, while Orange alert (6 cm to 20 cm rains)for Kottayam, Ernakulam and Idukki districts the same day.
The national weather forecasting agency said the month of November was the coldest in Delhi in 71 years, with the mean minimum temperature dropping to 10.2 degrees Celsius.
The storm is likely to cross the Sri Lankan coast on December 2 evening or night and then emerge into the Comorin area -around Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu- the next day morning, the IMD said. Under the influence of the weather system, rainfall is likely over Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe, south coastal Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep from December 1 to 4, the department said in its latest bulletin.
Weather conditions are "very likely to become favourable from June 1, 2020" for the monsoon onset over the southern state of Kerala, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a statement.
"Because of the establishment of an anti-cyclonic circulation in the lower tropospheric levels over western parts of northwest India and substantial reduction in moisture content and rainfall, the southwest monsoon has withdrawn from some parts of west Rajasthan and Punjab today, the 28th September 2020, against its normal date of 17th September," the weather department said.
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According to the India Meteorological Department, a low pressure area is likely to develop over the North East Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood around September 20 and under its influence widespread rains with isolated heavy to very heavy falls are likely over Kerala during September19-21.
Rainfall in the range of 96 to 104 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) is considered as 'normal', while precipitation in the range of 104 to 110 per cent of the LPA is 'excess'.
This is also one of the rainiest months of August recorded. The August of 1926 saw 33 per cent more rainfall than normal, the highest precipitation recorded so far in the month; 1976 recorded 28.4 per cent more rainfall than normal, while the August of 1973 recorded 27.8 per cent than normal. This year saw 27 per cent rainfall.
An orange alert has been issued in 12 districts, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, and Wayanad
The delay in the onset, however, will not have any implications over the weather office’s earlier prediction of 100% normal monsoon rainfall in the country this year, with 61% chance at normal or above normal rainfall.
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"#JUSTIN Southwest #Monsoon2020 finally arrived on the mainland of India, #Monsoon arrived on Kerala before the actual onset date. All the onset conditions including rainfall, OLR value, wind speed, are met. Finally, the 4-month long festival begins for Indian. #HappyMonsoon (sic)," the private forecaster tweeted.
The incident is said to have occurred in the wee hours when a huge mound of earth fell on the "row houses" and two children and five women were among the deceased, most of whom were plantation workers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
The announcement came as a breather amid growing anxiety with the rain clouds being nearly static over the seas for many days.
It has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall over south coastal Maharashtra for June 2-4, on north coast on June 2-3 and in Gujarat, Daman and Diu, and Dadar & Nagar Haveli on June 3-5.
Prof. Kerry Emanuel highlighted the importance of extreme events prediction. "Three times as many people live along the coasts as compared to 1971. This is much higher than the rate of population growth and highlights the need for better cyclone predictions," he said.
India Meteorological Department (IMD) representatives apprised the state authorities about the strong monsoon conditions with heavy rainfall activity in a meeting convened by Chief Minister Pinayari Vijayan on August 9.
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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is standing by its earlier prediction of a delayed onset of the southwest monsoon in Kerala on June 5, despite the current weather conditions pointing to the likelihood of its arrival on the coast by June 1.
Likely to remain weak during June-July and pick up pace in next 2 months, says IMD.
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The India Meteorological Department said 'Maha' has intensified into severe cyclonic storm on Thursday and is very likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over east central Arabian Sea during the next 24 hours. IMD said gale winds very likely to increase upto 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph over eastcentral Arabian Sea from midnight.
Catches from the sea for export are mainly shrimps, squids and cuttle fish.
Though the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast for spatial and month-wise distribution of monsoon is still a month away, an internal assessment note shows that coastal region of Odisha, West Bengal and Mizoram may get ‘below normal’ rainfall while southern part of Tamil Nadu and Kerala are expected to receive ‘above normal rainfall’.
It had earlier forecast the arrival of the vital weather system on June 6.
PIB has also issued a weather advisory on its Twitter account.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 31 persons were still missing and over 1.47 lakh are in 891 camps across the state.
A red alert has been sounded for three north Kerala districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Kozhikode, which bore the brunt of the flood fury and landslides last week.
In New Delhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who represents the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat from Kerala, spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the floods and sought aid.
The price of sheet rubber was around ₹135 per kg last week despite low availability
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The Meteorological Department said the low pressure was expected to intensify into a depression in the next two days and subsequently, into a cyclone.
According to industry officials, sales are 10-15% lower than last year and a revival looks tough, considering monsoon is set to arrive before time .
The normal onset date for monsoon over Kerala is June 1, which also marks the start of the four-month rainfall season.
The onset date for India, which starts with Kerala on June 1, will remain the same but its withdrawal would now be expected 10 to 15 days than the ‘normal’ date of September 30, said M Rajeevan, secretary of the ministry of earth sciences.
June 1 is the onset date for monsoon over Kerala and it is likely to remain the same but the IMD will change the reference dates for some states and cities, Secretary in the ministry M Rajeevan said.
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The warning comes after the IMD said last week that the monsoon had covered the entire country, 17 days ahead of its normal onset date.
So far 111 people have died in rain-related incidents in Kerala, 70 in Madhya Pradesh, 54 in Maharashtra, five in Rajasthan and one in Andhra Pradesh.
The year was also the sixth warmest year on record, M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences said.
Flood toll at 225 in 4 states; relief operations intensify in Karnataka, Maharashtra but no respite in Kerala
The death toll in Kerala, the worst affected state in the south, rose to 88.
Fifty eight persons are still missing, of whom 50 are in Malappuram, where the toll is 24, the highest in the state
Independent forecasters have, however, said that the risk of floods and drought looms large in the months of July and August.
Rainfall in six out of 14 districts was more than 10 times the normal on Thursday. Idukki alone got 266mm of rain.
Most of Kerala is now flooded, with the situation worsening in several places, including Kochi, where backwaters threaten to breach their banks.
Thunderstorm accompanied with squall is very likely at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Kerala and Lakshadweep, it said.
Torrential rains and landslides during India's June-September mansoon season have ravaged farmlands and prompted massive evacuation efforts in Kerala state.
Despite facing varying water levels in completely unknown places, they banked on their skills and luck to bring survivors back to safety.
Union tourism minister of state (independent charge) K J Alphons as the chief guest said the post-flood “resurrection” of Kerala has had no parallels anywhere in the world.
Weather Risk Management Services also said most parts of India would get normal to excess rainfall between July and September — an encouraging prediction for a country that suffered two consecutive years of drought.
Rains usually lash Kerala state on the south coast around June 1 and cover the whole country by mid-July.
The Skymet, in its forecast, said that Monsoon would hit the Kerala coast on May 28, while the IMD has made a prediction for its arrival on May 29.
The monsoon is expected to reach the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 20 and is expected to advance further to Sri Lanka and over East Central Bay of Bengal on May 24, it said.
Kerala's revenue secretary and head of disaster management, P.H. Kurien, told Reuters he has twice written to KSEB requesting EAPs and has yet to receive them.
While June and July recorded 15 per cent and 18 per cent more rainfall than normal respectively in the state, August 1-19 recorded 164 per cent excess rainfall
Real-time images from the satellites will help in assessing the extent of flooding and in rescue operations.
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The unprecedented deluge since last week has left 31 people dead and displaced four lakh people in 80 taluks of 17 districts in Karnataka.
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With a month's delay in arrival of the three-month-long (October to December) monsoon, the met department said the next two months would be crucial.
Aauction at Idukki in Kerala has taken the commodity’s average price to Rs 4,733 per kg.
Gandhi made the remark while speaking to reporters before beginning his second day trip to the flood-ravaged areas of the state.
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“Rainfall activity over Kerala is likely to decrease further gradually during the next five days,” India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Sunday.
The services at the Kochi international airport, which is among the busiest in the country, have been suspended till August 26 after flood water inundated the runway.
Kerala has issued red alert in eight districts. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) expects widespread rainfall in the state for the next four days but the intensity is likely to reduce after a day
The helicopter has left for Wayanad and the chief minister would be visiting a relief camp and attend a review meeting at the collectorate, they said.
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The IMD had predicted advance onset of monsoon in Kerala this year on May 30.
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Bihar has recorded the highest monsoon deficiency of 48 per cent, while east Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand have recorded 46 and 42 per cent respectively.
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As things stand now, conditions for onset of monsoon in both the coastal states should become favourable, K Sathi Devi of IMD told ET.
Paddy farmers in West Bengal and Kerala have also been hit. Bengal farmers say the government is yet to announce compensation.
The weather office said conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon, a forecast backed by satellite images.
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Many parts of the country have been witnessing a spell of heat wave, with temperatures rising up to 48 degrees Celsius in Central India.
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"2015 was recorded as the hottest year," India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said.
The agrarian district is known for cultivation of coffee, tea, spices and rubber, and has seen suicides by some farmers unable to repay their loans.
India received deficient rains during the four-month long monsoon season last year, which reduced grains output in the world's second-most populous country.
Experts say July and August being the most critical months for the growth of crops, insufficient rainfall could pose a threat to the overall agricultural output.
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The UN Secretary General referred to the Kerala floods, among other natural disasters across the world, to highlight the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to step up efforts to reverse course on climate change.
Monsoon's early push into the northeast, where the rain system normally arrives a few days after its onset over Kerala, is being aided by cyclone Mora.
Kochi airport and Kollam recorded five centimetres of rain while Thodupuzha got four centimetres in the last two days.