India: North to face brunt of monsoon downpours this week
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
July 23, 2018, 12:20:46 PM EDT
Another surge in monsoon rainfall is expected to heighten the flood threat across northern India this week.
A monsoon low slowly moving across northern India will cause widespread, heavy rainfall throughout the area, greatly increasing the risk of flooding in places where it has already had devastating effects.
As the monsoon low inches westward early in the week, heavier downpours will become more widespread over north-central and northwest parts of the country.
Rounds of heavy rain will significantly increase the chance of flash flooding, threatening travel delays and property damage across Madhya Pradesh, western Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan.
Daily rainfall of 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) will be common in these areas with local amounts up to 200 mm (8 inches).
The National Capital Region (NCR) can also face travel delays due to flooding and limited visibility in heavy downpours.
"No break in the frequent monsoon downpours will come to India’s western coast from Mumbai to Mangaluru," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister.
Widespread rainfall of 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) is expected with local amounts over 300 mm (12 inches) through Friday.
"Residents should prepare for more evacuations and a risk of localized landslides in the higher terrain," Leister said.
Rainfall is expected to lessen late this week into this weekend along the west coast of India.
As of July 17, about 55,000 homes in India have been damaged due to flooding and 511 people have been killed. About a dozen of those have occurred this past week alone.
Over 130,000 animals and 80,000 hectares of farmed land have been damaged by floodwaters as well, proving that monsoon rainfall has a large impact on every aspect of life in the hardest-hit areas.
“Combined sloped terrain, raging waters from the river and torrential rain can easily run off and cause flash floods,” Sonam Lotus, director of the meteorological department in Jammu and Kashmir, told Mongabay-India.
Motorists and pedestrians should take care not to traverse flooded roadways and to avoid flooded areas all together, since it is impossible to tell the depth of the water and the ground underneath may be compromised.
Downpours are forecast to increase across Northeast India this weekend once again heightening the risk for flooding across the region.
Areas from eastern Bihar to Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura will be at the greatest risk for flash flooding and mudslides.
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