Incessant rains in Mumbai; depression causes rains in Orissa
New Delhi, July 3 (UNI) Incessant rains continued to lash Mumbai for the third consecutive day today paralysing trains, air and road traffic in the metropolis, while the deep depression in the Bay of Bengal brought heavy rains in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
In Kerala, three people were killed and several houses damaged in the torrential rains, triggered by the Southwest monsoon.
Meanwhile, the first monsoon rains continued to elude Delhi though it has covered some parts of Western Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh.
Similarly, warm humid conditions continue to prevail in Himachal Pradesh even as light showers lashed mid and lower hills of the state during the last 24 hrs.
While several areas in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan were lashed by rainfall in the last 24 hrs, people in other areas are still reeling under sultry weather.
The water levels in Harangi reservoir of Karnataka has reached its brim of 2,859 ft and the other dams were fast nearing the full level. 60,000 cusecs of water was being released from River Vamsadhara River at Gottra Barrage in Hirmandalam Mandal of Andhra Pradesh. In Vizianagaram District, River Nagavali touched the danger level near Thotapalli.
The weather bureau in Mumbai has issued high alert as heavy to extremely heavy rains along with strong winds is likely to occur in the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours.
Meteorological office sources in Orissa also said the depression is likely to move in west north westerly direction and cause rains and thundershowers at many places over coastal Orissa and most parts of interior Orissa during the next 24 hours. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into the open sea as it would be very rough.
The authority had already hoisted local cautionary signal number three at all the three ports in the state.
The Met office has predicted isolated heavy to very heavy rain in many districts of of coastal Andhra Pradesh during next 48 hours.
Rainfall/thundershowers are also likely at many places in Uttar Pradesh, while some areas may receive heavy rainfall in the next 24 hrs.
Isolated rains in Kerala and Lakshwadeep are also expected.
Strong onshore winds from the westerly direction with a speed of 50-60 kmph was likely along on and off the coast of Kerala and over Lakshwadeep. In Himachal Pradesh, moderate to heavy showers are expected at isolated places in the next 24 hrs.
A slight improvement can be expected in the weather with the met office predicting rains and thundershowers during the next 24 hours in Delhi, which still awaits its first monsoon shower.
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