Southwest Monsoon Reaches South Maharashtra, Telangana, Coastal AP. IMD Issues Red Alert For Goa

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced on Saturday that the southwest monsoon has progressed towards some parts of the central Arabian Sea, south Maharashtra, Telangana, some parts of south Chhattisgarh, south Odisha, and some more parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh.

“Southwest Monsoon has advanced into some more parts of central Arabian Sea, south Maharashtra, Telangana and some parts of south Chhattisgarh and south Odisha and some more parts of Coastal Andhra Pradesh today, 8 June 2024,” IMD wrote on its social media handle X.

The IMD also indicated favourable conditions for the Southwest Monsoon to continue to advance into the central Arabian Sea, some parts of Maharashtra (including Mumbai), and Telangana over the next 2-3 days. “Conditions are favourable for further advance of Southwest Monsoon into remaining parts of central Arabian Sea, some more parts of Maharashtra (including Mumbai) and Telangana during next 2-3 days,” IMD said in its post on social media X.

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IMD Issues Red Alert for Goa as Heavy Rainfall Predicted

Notably, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert on Saturday, forecasting moderate to heavy rainfall in Goa over the next two days. The IMD reports that the monsoon has been active over the coastal state, bringing significant rainfall in the last 24 hours. 

Several areas in Goa have experienced moderate rainfall, with some regions witnessing very heavy showers, news agency PTI reported. The IMD’s red alert for June 9 and June 10 warns that both North and South Goa districts are very likely to see moderate to heavy rainfall. In certain places, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected, with extremely heavy showers at isolated locations.

An official from the IMD stated, “Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at a few places, with extremely heavy showers at isolated spots”, as quoted by PTI.

The IMD has also issued an orange alert for June 11 and June 12. The department has cautioned that intense rainfall spells may reduce visibility, leading to traffic congestion. There are also warnings about potential waterlogging and the uprooting of trees, which could impact the power supply. Additionally, the IMD has raised concerns about the possibility of flash floods due to the intense rain spells.

Residents are advised to stay alert and take necessary precautions during this period of expected heavy rainfall. 

This year, the monsoon onset two days earlier than usual, with the typical arrival on June 1. Kerala experienced widespread pre-monsoon rains. In 2023, the nationwide rainfall during the monsoon season (June-September) was 94 per cent of the long-period average.

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