Maharashtra: Brace for heavy rain in Pune ghats, Konkan for five days

Times of India | 6 days ago | 22-06-2022 | 09:26 am

Maharashtra: Brace for heavy rain in Pune ghats, Konkan for five days

PUNE: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday forecast very heavy rain for isolated parts of Konkan for the next five days and heavy showers in ghat areas of Pune, Kolhapur and Satara till June 25. The Met department said the spell in Konkan region could cause localised flooding of roads, waterlogging in low-lying areas and closure of underpasses mainly in urban areas. Occasional reduction in visibility because of heavy rainfall, disruption of traffic in major city areas due to water logging in roads, minor damage to kutcha roads, possibility of damage to vulnerable structure, localised landslides/mudslides could also occur due to intense rain expected in Konkan, the IMD said. Anupam Kashyapi, head of the weather forecasting division of IMD Pune, told TOI, “Intense/heavy spells in isolated places in ghat areas of Pune, Kolhapur and Satara could also cause from time to time poor visibility and slippery roads, so travellers should exercise caution. If the spells continue for some days, potholes, trees uprooting/branches falling and local landslides cannot be ruled out in ghat areas of these districts as well.” Pune city is also likely to get moderate rainfall during the next few days, while the ghat areas in and around the city are very likely to receive isolated heavy rain, Kashyapi said. The IMD expects rain intensity to increase from Wednesday, as water vapour through westerly winds has been approaching Maharashtra, mainly from the Arabian Sea and also from the Bay of Bengal. “Monsoon is expected to be vigorous over Maharashtra from Wednesday because of the presence of an off-shore trough, strengthening of westerly winds and a sheer zone expected to pass through South Maharashtra. In addition, an upper air cyclonic circulation is very likely to form over central and South Konkan-Goa and Madhya Maharashtra and adjacent Arabian Sea area. All these factors will aid the rain in the coming days in Maharashtra,” he said. Weather service for wari The IMD, Pune, started providing daily weather services for the palkhi in Maharashtra starting from Tuesday. For the first time, the IMD has started providing the special weather service for the yatra on a daily basis with live weather observations, RADAR, satellite products and nowcast updates, along with forecast and severe weather warnings/advisories. This service will continue till July 10.

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