South West Monsoon Advance in Himachal: IMD

South West Monsoon system advanced in the state of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday ad widespread heavy rainfall lashed Sirmour, Shimla. Bilaspur Una, Hamirpur, Mandi, and Kangra districts in the past 24 hrs.

Meanwhile, Met Office forecast that the Monsoon system to be vigorous from today onwards to  June, 27 moreover the state is likely to receive rainfall with its peak intensity on the 25th and 26th of June 2023.

Very heavy rainfall was recorded in Kataula(Mandi) 163.3 mm, Sihunta(Chamba):160 mm Kasauli(Solan): 145 mm, and Kangra 143.5 mm.Shimla had 99.2 mm, Gohar81 mm Pandoh 74 mm Sundernagar(Mandi)  70 mm and Pachhad(Sirmour) 65.2 mm rain.

Light to moderate rainfall with isolated thunderstorms & lightning is likely to continue over a few places in low and mid-hill districts of Himachal Pradesh during the next 24 hours. Ongoing rainfall activities are likely to increase in HP from 24th June onwards with widespread rainfall activity associated with spells of heavy to very heavy rainfall in low and mid-hill districts. of HP during this period. Conditions are also favorable for the advance of the southwest monsoon in HP during this period. Isolated spells of heavy to very rainfall are very likely in the districts of Kangra, Mandi, Chamba, Bilaspur, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, and Sirmaur and also along the catchments area of Sutlej, Beas, Ravi, and their tributaries during 24th -26th June.

The average Maximum temperatures will likely be normal during the next 24 hours and thereafter decrease by 3 to 4 degrees.

The average Minimum temperatures will likely be normal during the period

Administration and the public at large may take adequate safety measures in the light of above Impact and Advisory

Disruption of traffic and other essential services in the hilly district of the state.

Localized Flooding of roads, and water logging in low-lying areas.Possibility of surface runoff/ inundations at some fully saturated soils & low-lying areas.

Occasional reduction in visibility due to foggy conditions in the hilly districts of the state creating difficulty to commute.

Minor damage to Kutcha roads.

Possibilities of damage to the vulnerable structure.

Localized Landslides/Mudslides/ flashfloods

Disruption of power and communication facilities in the low and mid-hill district of the state in view of expected thunderstorm/lighting.

Avoid going in open areas in view of expected thunderstorms/lightning.

General public and tourists are advised to follow the advisories and guidelines issued by the concerned departments.

Follow any traffic advisories that are issued in this regard.

Avoid going to areas that face water logging problems often.

Avoid staying in a vulnerable structure.

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