Pune weather department warns of heavy rain in next 5 days, red alert issued

Pune weather department warns of heavy rain in next 5 days, red alert issued

While there is a forecast of heavy rainfall in and around Mumbai for Friday, there is also a forecast that there will be heavy rainfall in Pune for the next five days starting August 14. The observatory in Pune has issued a warning in regards to the same. 

IMD in its bulletin shared that there is low-pressure formation over northwest Bay of Bengal, off north Odisha and West Bengal. This low pressure is likely to persist and become more organised over the next two to three days paving the way for fairly widespread rainfall for the Konkan coast, ghat areas and central Maharashtra.  This would result in heavy rainfall in Mumbai and Pune. 

June and July are considered to be monsoon months and during these months the state of Maharastra receives most of its rainfall. However, this year, even in the month of August, there have been spells of intense rainfall. There was one at the beginning of the month that lasted for about 2-3 days. It is expected that there will be another spell this week. There is already an orange alert issued by IMD for Mumbai and a red one for Pune. 

There has been continuous rainfall in the catchment area of the four dams upstream of Mutha river, which is under the Pune district. In addition to this, there will be more water that will be released from Khadakwasla dam. Given that the rain is unlikely to subside, the Pune administration has urged local citizens to avoid going near the river as that can be dangerous.