IMD predicts heavy rainfall in MP areas, issues orange alert

IMD predicts heavy rainfall in MP areas, issues orange alert

New Delhi/Bhopal: The Narmadapuram division of Madhya Pradesh will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours, says the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday. It also issued an orange alert. Many areas of the state have already received heavy rainfall which inundated several districts.

The orange alert warned that heavy to very heavy rainfall, ranging between 64.5 to 204 mm, is likely to lash isolated places of the Narmadapurman division, which comprises Narmadapuram, Harda and Betul districts.

The IMD has also issued two yellow alerts forecasting likely heavy rains at isolated places in 21 districts, including Bhopal and Jabalpur, and thunderstorms with lightning in eight divisions, including Bhopal and Indore.

The alerts are valid till Saturday morning. According to officials, rail traffic to Nagpur in neighbouring Maharashtra was affected after water gushed onto the tracks in the Kiratgarh-Betul section of Nagpur division of the Central Railways, as a result of the downpour.

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Some trains heading towards Nagpur were either stopped at Itarsi and Hoshangabad stations in Narmadapuram district or diverted, they said.

However, the rainfall in eastern parts of the state is expected to increase due to a well-marked low area over northeast Arabian Sea, he said. As a result of these factors, the state will continue to receive rainfall for the next five days. Bundelkhand and Vindhya regions are expected to receive good showers after July 19, Singh said.