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Met Office warns of hyper monsoon activities

Shimla, July 21

The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a warning regarding the ongoing Monsoon activity in the Himalayan state of North India. Effective immediately, there is a high likelihood of an increase in rainfall in the districts of Chamba, Kangra, Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Bilaspur, Solan, and Sirmaur, with the possibility of very heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours. Additionally, the districts of Una, Hamirpur, Kinnaur, and Lahaul & Spiti may experience heavy rainfall during this period.

According to the press release issued by IMD, there has been light to moderate precipitation in the past 24 hours. The Weathermen have issued a fresh forecast bulletin, indicating the likelihood of rain and thundershowers in most places, accompanied by thunderstorms for the next four days. The heavy downpour is expected in the low and mid hill districts of the state during this time.

The average Maximum and Minimum temperatures are expected to remain normal over the next 4 to 5 days.

The IMD has also issued an advisory, cautioning that the continuous heavy rainfall may disrupt traffic and other essential services in the hilly districts of the state. Flash floods along watershed areas and waterlogging could further exacerbate weather-related issues in districts such as Kangra, Chamba, Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Sirmaur, Solan, Kinnaur, and Lahaul & Spiti.

Due to the increasing rainfall activity, there is a risk of localized flooding of roads, landslides in vulnerable areas, and occasional reduction in visibility due to heavy rainfall. This could impact essential services, including water, electricity, and communications, and pose difficulties for commuters, especially in hilly districts.

As a precautionary measure, the administration has advised checking for traffic congestion in vulnerable areas and recommended people to verify their routes before traveling to their destinations.

The public is also urged to follow traffic advisories issued by the administration and avoid traveling in areas that are prone to waterlogging problems. Being cautious and vigilant during this period can help ensure safety and minimize disruptions caused by the monsoon rains.


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