Alert, Heavy To Very Heavy’ Rain To Hit Today


New Delhi: The IMD has predicted heavy to very heavy rain for the day at a few places over coastal Karnataka, South interior Karnataka, Kerala, Konkan, Goa, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.

Heavy rain is likely to hit at isolated places over Odisha, West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the weatherman at the India Meteorological Department said. Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds and lightning are likely to hit isolated places over east Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand.

However, Sea condition is likely to be rough over Odisha and West Bengal Coasts and North Bay of Bengal. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas, according to the IMD.

Twenty-six people were killed in dust storms and lightning that struck parts of Uttar Pradesh on Friday. While five deaths each were reported from Jaunpur and Sultanpur, four died in Unnao, three each died in Chandauli and Bahraich, two in Rae Bareli and one each in Mirzapur, Sitapur, Amethi and Pratapgarh, a government spokesperson said on Saturday.

Over 100 flights flying in and out of the city were impacted due to strong winds and a dust storm that hampered visibility leading to operations being suspended for over 30 minutes at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Saturday evening.

A total of 35 flights, including some international flights, headed towards the airport were diverted to cities nearby. As many as 66 flights were delayed, including five international ones, most of which were postponed by 90 minutes to two hours.

Partly cloudy sky, the morning recorded a minimum temperature at 29.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average, according to the weatherman.

Squally winds speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph very likely along over Odisha and West Bengal Coasts and North Bay of Bengal.