Weather Update : IMD Issues Heavy Rainfall Alert for Pune as Rains Expected to Intensify in Next 48 Hours

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Due to a low-pressure area forming over the Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert (heavy to very heavy rain) for Pune in the next 48 hours. The IMD has also advised people to avoid visiting Ghat areas in Konkan, Pune, and Satara.

As per the information shared by Anupam Kashyapi, head, weather forecasting division at IMD Pune, the low-pressure area is expected to develop into a depression by July 26 and move west-northwest. This, along with a monsoon trough formed over the west coast from Maharashtra to north Kerala, will lead to increased rainfall activity over Maharashtra, including Pune district and city, and the Ghat areas from the afternoon on July 25.

It is predicted that the Ghat areas may experience very heavy to extreme rainfall, with reduced visibility and posing a high risk of landslides and waterlogging in the low-lying regions. As a precautionary measure, people should avoid visiting Ghat areas for the next three to four days.

Pune district has received 370.7 mm cumulative rainfall until July 23, which is 9% below normal, while Pune city (Shivajinagar) received 190.8 mm rainfall until July 24, 96.9 mm below normal. 

The latest rainfall figures are yet to be updated, as per IMD officials. On Tuesday, Pune city experienced light rainfall throughout the day, with Shivajinagar recording 1.6 mm, Chinchwad 7 mm, Pashan 2.5 mm, and Lohegaon 1.2 mm rainfall until 5.30 pm.

Apart from Pune, a red alert has also been issued for Raigad, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, and Satara for the next 24 hours, and an orange alert for Gadchiroli and Gondia districts. Residents in the affected regions are urged to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions during the intense rainfall period.