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As heavy rains continue across India, IMD issues red and orange alerts across several states


Rains kept lashing the nation, with a cloudburst being reported from Kupwara in Jammu & Kashmir and rivers overflowing in Uttarakhand as a result of heavy precipitation. Following incessant rainfall, the Ganga River witnessed a rise in the water level and was flowing slightly above the danger mark in Haridwar, a senior official said. Even though the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted substantial rainfall for western and central India in the coming days, several Gujarati towns like Rajkot and Gir Somnath remain underwater.

In four districts of Kerala, a holiday has been declared for Tuesday as the IMD has forecast thunderstorms for the majority of the state from July 23 to July 26 for the districts of Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Malappuram. There will be a temporary disruption of electricity in some areas and possible damage to roads, weak structures and uprooting of trees, authorities said. According to reports, so far four people have died in rain-related incidents in the state.

In Bengaluru, the weatherman has forecast cloudy skies with the possibility of light to moderate rain. Surface winds are likely to be strong and gusty at times.

After a brief respite on Monday, Mumbai was given an “orange” alert on July 25, signifying another day of severe rain. The Santacruz IMD base weather station recorded 101mm of rain in the 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Monday, however only 23mm of rain fell from that time until 5:30 pm. Most parts of the city witnessed overcast sky, but no rain since early Tuesday morning. After a heavy downpour last week, the rain intensity reduced in Mumbai since Sunday. In some parts of Mumbai, the sun briefly came out of the clouds on Monday.

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