MP Rain Update: Yellow Alert in 14 Districts; Tawa Dam Gates Finally Open

Vehicles drive along a flooded street after heavy rain showers
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Madhya Pradesh is witnessing heavy rain in 14 districts due to the influence of three weather systems. Consequently, the Tawa dam gates were opened for the first time this monsoon season. The Narmada River level also increased in some places. This led to the opening of the Bargi dam gates too.

Heavy Rain Alert for 14 Districts (Yellow Alert)

Ratlam, Ujjain, Dewas, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Guna, Ashoknagar, Sheopur, Narsinghpur, Chhindwara, Seoni, and Sagar

Light to moderate rain

Bhopal, Indore, Vidisha, Raisen, Sehore, Rajgarh, Narmadapuram, Betul, Harda, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Khargone, Barwani, Alirajpur, Jhabua, Dhar, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Datia, Bhind, Morena, Sheopurkalan, Singrauli, Sidhi, Rewa, Satna, Anuppur, Shahdol, Umaria, Dindori, Katni, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat, Panna, Damoh, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, and Niwari

Where is the Rain Coming from?

According to the MP meteorological department, a system is active over northern Chhattisgarh that is affecting the eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh. A trough line has also shifted southward, passing through Gwalior, Datia, and Satna towards northeast India. A cyclonic circulation is also active over the western parts of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Rajasthan. These factors are causing rain in different regions of the state.

Dams and Water Level

The Tawa dam, which is located in the Narmadapuram district and supplies water to Bhopal and Indore, had to open its gates on Saturday afternoon as the water level reached 1162.80 feet. This is very close to the governing level of 1163 feet. The gates were opened by 8 feet each to release water into the Narmada River. The gates remained open on Sunday as well.

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The Narmada River level rose at Sethani Ghat in the Narsinghpur district, where it reached 948 feet on Sunday. The alarm level is 963 feet, and the danger level is 966 feet. The Bargi dam in Jabalpur district, which feeds into the Narmada River, opened nine of its gates to release water.

Rain in the Last 24 hours

The state recorded varying amounts of rain in different districts in the last 24 hours. The highest rainfall was recorded in the Raisen district, where it rained 2.71 inches. The next four were Pachmarhi (2.60 inches), Seoni (1.60 inches), Ratlam (1.45 inches), and Guna (1.38 inches). The capital city of Bhopal received 0.62 inches of rain.

Overall rain in MP this year

The heavy rains reduced the overall rainfall deficit in the state from 8% to 7%. The eastern parts of Madhya Pradesh have a deficit of 2%, while the western parts have a deficit of 10%. The meteorological department said that the systems would weaken after 24 hours. Hence, the rain intensity will also decrease.

Highest Rainfall Recorded in Madhya Pradesh

Narsinghpur tops the list with over 39 inches of rainfall so far this season. Other districts, including Sivani, Mandla, Dindori, and Jabalpur, have also seen substantial rainfall, exceeding 34 inches.

Lowest Rainfall Recorded in Madhya Pradesh

In contrast, districts like Khandwa, Khargone, and Damoh have seen less rainfall, with figures below 20 inches.

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