The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued an orange alert for the next 12 hours across the state of Himachal Pradesh due to rain-caused landslides. According to IMD, isolated areas in the districts of Kangra, Chamba, Bilaspur, Sirmaur, and Mandi may experience heavy rainfall.
In the coming five days, Himachal Pradesh will also experience moderate to heavy rain, according to a representative of the weather forecasting agency.
It will rain moderately to heavily for the next 5 days. A yellow alert has been issued for the remaining days until August 24 and an orange alert for the next 12 hours for the entire state.
Landslides, flash floods, and other weather-related incidents caused at least 21 fatalities in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. At least 15 homes and several transformers suffered damage as a result of the bad weather.
According to the State Disaster Management Authority, which was quoted by ANI, “21 dead, 12 injured, and 6 missing in the last 24 hours as heavy rainfall continues to trigger flash flood situations, landslides, and accidents in the state.”
A warning for landslides caused by heavy rains predicted in the state until August 25 has also been issued by the state disaster management authority.
Flooding is looming in northern Odisha.
The two northern Odisha districts of Mayurbhanj and Balasore are on high alert as the river Subarnarekha continues to swell as a result of heavy rain and the subsequent release of water from Jharkhand’s Galudih barrage. Teams from the NDRF, ODRAF, and fire services personnel have been rushed to Balasore to assist in the relief operations, according to Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena, according to PTI.
Galudih barrage in Jharkhand has opened 16 gates, releasing 4.5 lakh cubic feet of water. All panchayat officials and self-help organisations have been asked to assist with evacuation efforts in the vulnerable areas, according to P K Jena, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) for Odisha.
He warned that there was going to be a “real high flood” in Mayurbhanj and Balasore.
Madhya Pradesh districts are on red alert.
Madhya Pradesh’s Narsinghpur, Damoh, Sagar, and Chhatarpur districts have received a red alert, forewarning of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall. An orange alert has been issued for the state’s Bhopal, Narmadapuram, Rewa, Gwalior, and Chambal divisions as well as 18 additional districts, foretelling heavy to very heavy showers and lightning.