Farmers facing drought situation in Shivpuri district of MP received another jolt on Wednesday when a strong hailstorm hit the district early in the morning and recorded 62.0 mm rainfall.
Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhopal has predicted that hailstorm may hit the northern parts of the state in next 24 hours. Rain and thundershowers is also expected to occur at several parts of the state.
MeT office has also released warning of hails accompanied by thunderstorm in Sagar divisions and Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Chindwara, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia, Shivpuri, Khandwa, Khargone, Indore, Harda, Hoshangabad, Raisen and Vidisha district.
Hailstorm continued at Khurai and Malthon tehsils of Sagar district till the filing of this report. Damoh and Chattarpur districts also witnessed severe hailstorm. According to reports the size of hail was huge and damaged crops and vegetables.
“Upper air cyclonic circulation prevailing over Uttar Pradesh and low pressure area developing over Arabian Sea is responsible for rain, thundershower and hail at many parts of the state. Several parts, especially in northern MP, thundershowers and hailstorm in expected to occur in next 24 hours,” said director Regional Meteorological Centre, Bhopal, Anupam Kashyapi.
The hailstorm which continued for more than 30 minutes may damage crops which were ready for harvest.
Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Jyotiraditya Scindia recently held a farmers rally at Shivpuri demanding that the entire district be declared drought-hit.
Ahead of the rally, the district administration had declared three of the eight blocks of the district as drought-hit.
Meanwhile, MeT officials have predicted that sky is expected to clear in southern parts of Madhya Pradesh by Thursday. Day temperature in several parts of the state is also expected to rise in next 24 hours.
Slight rise in day temperatures of Bhopal and Indore was recorded on Wednesday. Differing from it, Gwalior and Jabalpur witnessed slight fall in day temperature.
However, MeT officials have predicted temperature in the state would again start falling by November 5 and winter will set in full swing by November 15.
Apart from Shivpuri, Gwalior also recorded rainfall of 4.4 mm, Betul 6.4 mm, Naugaon 5.0 mm, Khajuraho 4.4 mm, Datia 3.6 mm, Umaria 2.1 mm, Satna 0.4 mm and Ratlam 3.0mm rainfall.
According to weather forecast by MeT office rain, thundershower and hailstorm would occur at a few places over Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Chindwara, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Datia, Shivpuri, Khandwa, Khargone, Indore, Harda, Hoshangabad, Raisen Vidisha districts and Rewa and Sagar divisions in next 24 hours.