Heavy rain in India killed 22 in Kerala and left five missings. It also triggered floods and landslides in southern India. Unexpected rain is new cause of worry for many states and experts are also warning of symptoms of new global warming.
Rescue efforts by the Indian army, navy, and air force are still going on throughout the whole country. The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 11 teams across the south and central parts of Kerala.
According to IMD light to moderate rainfall with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, is likely over Uttarakhand and west Uttar Pradesh will be there till Tuesday and over Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, and East Uttar Pradesh till Monday.
Thirteen people were killed in a landslide in the Kottayam district of Kerala. Around 6,455 people have been evacuated to 184 relief camps across the state, according to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority.
India’s Meteorological Department said that the heavy rainfall is caused by a low-pressure area over the southeastern Arabian Sea and Kerala. Heavy rainfall was very common in India and Kerala during the monsoon season from May to September. However, very heavy rainfall, flooding, and landslides even during October are very unusual as it’s a withdrawal month of monsoon when the monsoon starts returning.
Heavy rain in India‘s other parts
Heavy rain in India has touched many other states like Uttrakhand and Uttarpradehs also. Due to the heavy rain in the state of Uttarakhand, the government has halted the Char Dham Yatra temporarily. The MeT department has issued a heavy rainfall for three days from October 17-19 in Uttarakhand.
Several districts of Uttar Pradesh are recording heavy rainfall and strong winds since Sunday afternoon. The Indian Metrological Department (IMD) also warned about a similar warning of weather on Monday. In Lucknow, heavy rain started after 3:30 pm and continued for two hours. The city also faced strong winds exceeding 40 kmph which led to the uprooting of trees and disruption in electricity supply. There were also reports of water logging in low line areas.
Very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall is likely over west Uttar Pradesh in Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Badaun, Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, and Sambhal on Monday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in Lakhimpur Kheri, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Mainpuri, Bijnor, Amroha, Hardoi, Aligarh, Mathura, Agra, Etawah, and Auraiya.