Weather Chaos Sweeps Across India: Heavy Rainfall Hits Mumbai and Tamil Nadu, Snowfall Expected in Himachal Pradesh

Mumbai and Maharashtra Battling Heavy Rainfall

In a surprising turn of weather events, Mumbai and various parts of Maharashtra were pounded by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on Sunday morning. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a forecast predicting moderate to heavy rainfall across the state, including Mumbai, on November 26. The IMD's daily weather forecast warned of the possibility of a hailstorm in the range of 64.5 mm to 115.6 mm in several parts of Maharashtra.

The weather agency emphasized the need for precautions, cautioning the public against venturing into waterlogged, unpaved roads, and crowded areas. The forecast specifically highlighted the potential for heavy rain accompanied by hailstorms in Madhya Maharashtra.

 Widespread Thunderstorm Activity Predicted

The IMD extended its forecast to include thunderstorm activity coupled with hailstorms and heavy rainfall over Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and south Rajasthan during November 26th-27th. The weather monitoring agency urged the general public to stay informed about the evolving weather conditions and take necessary precautions.

Videos shared on social media platforms captured the intensity of the rainfall in Mumbai, showcasing flooded streets and the challenges faced by residents navigating through the waterlogged areas.

 Tamil Nadu Grapples with Heavy Showers

Simultaneously, Tamil Nadu experienced heavy rainfall, affecting several districts in the southern state. The Regional Meteorological Department in Chennai issued a warning for light to moderate rainfall in parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry until November 26. The director of the meteorological department noted substantial rainfall in many areas over the past 24 hours.

Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre, S Balachandran, highlighted the likelihood of a low-pressure area forming over the South Andaman Sea and its vicinity around November 26. This weather system was expected to move west-northwestward and intensify into a depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal on November 27.

 Holiday Declared as Rain Continues in Tamil Nadu

The persistent rainfall led authorities to declare a holiday for schools in Chennai, Chengalpattu, Tiruvallur, and Kanchipuram districts. The decision was made to ensure the safety of students and staff during the adverse weather conditions.

Snowfall Anticipated in Himachal Pradesh

In the northern region, Himachal Pradesh is bracing for light to moderate rain accompanied by snowfall in higher altitudes on November 26 and 27. The weather department's forecast specified that districts such as Chamba, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu, Kangra, and Shimla would experience snowfall, while lower-lying areas like Sirmaur, Solan, Mandi, and Kangra could expect light rainfall.

The weather conditions are expected to clear from November 28-29, providing a respite from the precipitation.

Kerala Stampede Tragedy Possibly Linked to Rainfall

In a tragic incident in Kerala, a stampede-like situation occurred during the annual festival at Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) on Saturday. Four students lost their lives, and over 60 were injured during a concert by singer Nikita Gandhi.

The vice chancellor of the university suggested that the stampede might have been triggered when it started raining. The festival, which began the day before, attracted a large crowd, with more than 2,000 people in attendance. The sudden rush and chaos on the stairs led to a tragic turn of events, turning the fest into a freak accident.

The Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) MR Ajith Kumar noted the suspicion of a college arts function being held during the sudden rain, causing attendees to seek shelter hastily, resulting in the stampede.

As the weather continues to play a crucial role in events across India, authorities are urging citizens to stay vigilant, take precautions, and stay updated on weather forecasts to ensure their safety.