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Severe rains to batter central Indian states

An extreme-weather event that devastated Jammu and Kashmir is gradually weakening, but forecasters predict another bout of potentially deadly rains and storms will batter many central and western states through the week.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2014 22:04 IST
Zia Haq

An extreme-weather event that devastated Jammu and Kashmir is gradually weakening, but forecasters predict another bout of potentially deadly rains and storms will batter many central and western states through the week.

At a time when the monsoon should start tapering off, many states should see a rain-swept September due to wet-weather system forming in quick successions, keeping the rain-bearing system in high gear.

A depression or a low-pressure area - where air pressure is less compared to its neighbourhood, giving rise to wet weather - which formed over Bay of Bengal off Odisha moved rapidly inwards. The system has now settled over central India and expected to bring heavy rainfall.

The Met department has issued extreme weather warnings for several region between over the next two days. Heavy and extremely heavy falls - categories of rains capable of causing floods - are expected in west Madhya Pradesh, Konkan, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andaman and Nicobar, east Rajasthan on September 9-10, a Met forecast said.

Thereafter, the low-pressure system will result in a wet spell till mid-September, causing downpours across states, including Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, central India, Karnataka, Kerala and even Bihar and Bengal. Thundershowers are expected in large swathes of the west coast, such as Konkan, Goa and Gujarat.

Two back-to-back western disturbances - strong windy systems originating in the Mediterranean - fused with the monsoon last week, triggering unprecedented flooding. In summer, western disturbances become more powerful in Kashmir by turning prevailing moisture into monstrous rainy systems.

At 150 people have died in the floods. Although thousands have been rescued by the army and the IAF, many are still trapped and awaiting help in upper stories of buildings in low-lying areas, including in Srinagar.