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Orange alert in 2 states, record rain in Chennai; 55 lakh affected in Assam floods MPNRC

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange alert, predicting heavy rains in Maharashtra and Goa till June 25. It rained in Delhi on Wednesday and it is likely to rain over the weekend. The Meteorological Department said that there is a possibility of rain in the southern states of Tamil, Karnataka and Kerala.

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Here are the latest weather updates from across the country:

Delhi

The Meteorological Department has predicted partly cloudy sky with strong winds for the day on Thursday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 38 degree Celsius and 25 degree Celsius respectively. The IMD said on Tuesday that the maximum temperature in Safdarjung will increase but will remain below 40 degrees Celsius in the next few days.

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Another round of pre-monsoon activity is likely to start from Sunday. Meteorologists said the southwest monsoon would reach Delhi around its normal date, June 27, and the deficit would be compensated for by the end of June. The pre-monsoon rains in the last few days have reduced the rain deficit in Delhi. The city has received 23.8 mm of rain, as against the normal 38.3 mm of rainfall since June 1, when the monsoon season begins.

IMD issued orange alert in two states

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With the forecast of extreme rainfall, the IMD issued an orange alert for the coastal areas of Maharashtra and Goa till June 25. So far, heavy to very heavy rains have occurred over many areas along Maharashtra, Goa and North Karnataka coast.

“Under the influence of offshore trough and strong westerly winds along the west coast in the lower troposphere levels, fairly widespread/ widespread rain/thundershowers are very likely to occur over Karnataka, Konkan & Goa, Kerala, Mahe and Lakshadweep and quite widespread scattered. During the next five days, there is a possibility of rain in Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

12 more dead in Assam, 55 lakh affected

The flood situation in Assam remained grim on Wednesday as 12 more people were killed and 55 lakh people affected in 32 districts due to water-logging in new areas of the Brahmaputra and Barak rivers, officials said. Four people died in Hojai, three each in Barpeta and Nalbari and two people lost their lives in Kamrup, he said.

With these deaths, the death toll in floods and landslides this year has risen to 101, he said. Officials said the flood situation in three districts of the Barak Valley, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, remained grim as the water level of Barak and Kushiara rivers continued to rise, submerging large tracts of land.

According to the bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 54,57,601 people have been affected by the floods in 32 out of 36 districts of the state. The worst affected districts are Barpeta where 11,29,390 people are affected, Kamrup where 7,89,496 people are affected and Dhubri where 5,97,153 people are in the grip of devastation.

Chennai receives the highest rainfall in a decade in June

It has been raining heavily in Chennai for the last two days and some areas are receiving record-breaking rain. According to IMD data, this is the highest rainfall recorded in the last 10 years. The highest rainfall recorded in June last ten years ago was in 2016 when Chennai received 53.2 mm of rain.

More rains have been predicted in Chennai as well as other parts of Tamil Nadu, as the southwest monsoon has settled over the state.

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