Madhya Pradesh Rain Alert: Heavy Rain Expected in These 28 Districts

A flooded street during heavy rain
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After a dry spell, the monsoon is back in Madhya Pradesh, with two days of continuous rainfall affecting the eastern regions. Districts like Jabalpur, Shahdol, Rewa, and Sagar have received a substantial amount of rain. Western areas, like Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, and the Gwalior-Chambal region, are also experiencing an active monsoon system. The weather department has issued a rain alert for Saturday, signalling heavy rainfall in 28 districts across the state.

In the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, a weather alert warns of heavy rainfall, with the surrounding region also expecting showers. Indore will also see ongoing rain, with the possibility of heavy downpours. Gwalior, Jabalpur, and Ujjain may also witness heavy rainfall.

Rainfall Forecast for the Next 24 Hours

  • Intense rainfall: Gwalior-Chambal region.
  • Moderate to heavy rainfall: Bhopal, Vidisha, Raeesen, Sihor, Rajgarh, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Khargone, Badwani, Alirajpur, Jhabua, Dhar, Indore, Ratlam, Ujjain, Dewas, Guna, Ashoknagar, Katni, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Chhindwara, Sivani, Mandla, Balaghat, Panna, Damoh, and Sagar.
  • Light rainfall: Narmadapuram, Betul, Harda, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, and Niwari.
  • Minimal or no rainfall: Mandsaur, Neemuch, Singrauli, Sidhi, Rewa, Satna, Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, and Dindori.

Narmada River Levels

The Narmada River, particularly in Narmadapuram, has seen a rapid increase in water levels. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the water level at the Tawa Dam reached 1163 feet. Continuous rain in the catchment area is contributing to the rising water levels. Authorities are considering opening five of the dam’s gates by up to 5 feet. This will release 42430 cubic feet of water.

Where is this rain coming from?

The reason for the rainfall is the low-pressure area that has developed in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. This system is expected to move towards Chhattisgarh, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall to the western regions, including Ujjain, Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior, and the Chambal region.

How has it rained so far in Madhya Pradesh?

Over the last 24 hours, several districts have witnessed heavy rainfall. Pachmarhi, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Khajuraho, and Betul received over 2 inches of precipitation. However, the overall monsoon figures have fallen below average. This is 8% less rainfall in the state compared to normal. Eastern Madhya Pradesh is experiencing a 4% deficit, while Western regions are facing an 11% deficit.

Total Rainfall

In terms of total rainfall, Narsinghpur leads the charts with nearly 37 inches of rain so far. It is followed closely by Seoni with 35 inches and Mandla with 34 inches. Other districts, including Indore, Anuppur, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Panna, Sagar, Shahdol, Umaria, Raeesen, and Narmadapuram, have all received 28 inches or more of rainfall.

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On the other hand, districts like Khandwa, Khargone, Mandsaur, Muraina, Bhopal, Datia, Rewa, Satna, Sidhi, Singrauli, Guna, and Dhar have experienced rainfall below 20 inches.

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