Depression drives monsoon northwards

Depression drives monsoon northwards

Gujarat and Maharashtra received heavy showers on Tuesday afternoon as a "deep depression" over the Arabian Sea crossed the coast of Diu and is now tipped to help the progress of monsoon in northern India.

According to the Met department, the deep depression will bring in more moisture, and hence drive the advancement of monsoon in North India.

Meanwhile, heavy rain accompanied by brief spells of strong winds continue to lash Mumbai and the entire Konkan coast on Tuesday, and is expected to continue to do so over the next 24 hours, as the deep depression progressed. 

Three landslides—on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, at the Malshej Ghat on the Mumbai-Ahmednagar route, and in Amboli Ghat in Sindhudurg—slowed down highway traffic, inconveniencing people in Maharashtra. 

There was heavy overnight rain in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, leading to water-logging in low-lying areas in the early hours of Tuesday, but the water subsequently receded. 

A technical snag at Dadar—where overhead wires broke—affected Central Railway traffic. However, Western Railway train traffic was near-normal. Flights saw minor delays in the morning. One person lost his life when an uprooted tree fell on him at Dadar. 

Heavy rain also continued to lash the northern districts of Kerala on Tuesday, even as the weatherman predicted more thunder-showers in the state till Saturday.

Wayanad, Palakkad and Malappuram districts reported heavy rainfall on Tuesday, with early estimates of damage in the districts running into crores of rupees.

In Wayanad, damage to property and agricultural land worth crores of rupees has been reported. Parts of the district also remained without electricity following extensive damage to power lines. 

Parts of Idukki and Palakkad districts also reported disrupted power supply. The Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, in its daily bulletin, issued a warning to fishermen. 

In Assam, the Bramhaputra continued its annual onslaught, with the flood situation in the state beginning to take an U-turn for the worse on Tuesday. 

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority said 30,537 people in the five districts of Barpeta, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Lakhimpur and Tinsukia are affected. As of now, 47 villages are marooned.

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