The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday reported that the monsoon season across the country will end in a normal note towards the end of September. The weather-agency predicted the withdrawal between September 15 and 20.
According to D Sivanand Pai, Chief of Climate Research and Services (CRS), at IMD-Pune, though the downpour during this month is expected to be slightly above normal, the monsoon withdrawal for this year will be on a positive note.
Meanwhile, the IMD All India Weather Bulletin has also predicted that various parts of Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar are expected to receive heavy rain spells.
In the wake of continuous heavy downpour, Gujarat government on Wednesday had placed over 114 dams out of 204 reservoirs in the state on high alert. The unabated inflow of rainwater has led to a rise in water level in the dams by ninety percent.
Thunderstorm, accompanied by lightning and storm is likely in Bihar and Jharkhand. The Meteorological Department has advised fishermen not to venture into the water bodies near the region for the coming days.
Meanwhile, the authorities have released more than a million cusec water from the reservoirs in the state. The Sardar Sarovar dam on Narmada river is under high alert as the water level is gradually rising above 136 m. The maximum capacity of the reservoir is 138.6 m.
Over two hundred villages in Vadodara, Narmada, and Bharuch in Gujarat has been issued flood alert with respect to the water release from the dams.
This year, the state has witnessed a total downpour of 926.59 mm till date, 13 percent higher than the Long-Period Average (LPA). The standard LPA rate us 816 mm.
On a brighter prospect, a few of the aridest regions in Gujarat – Kutch and Saurashtra – has been witnessing excess showers because of the monsoon picking up after July.