Himachal Pradesh worst-hit this monsoon; Maharashtra & Uttarakhand next

  • | Sunday | 5th November, 2023

DEHRADUN: India recorded 544 events of floods and heavy rains during the four-month-long monsoon season this year (June-September). Himachal Pradesh, which witnessed massive rain-triggered devastation, emerged as the worst affected state across the country during the season with 123 extreme weather incidents, followed by Maharashtra with 69 such events.Uttarakhand was a close third, with 68 extreme weather events, according to data collated by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).Nearly 400 people died, and almost a similar number were injured in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh since the onset of monsoon this year. According to IMD, Himachal witnessed three major intense heavy rainfall spells during the season. The first spell was from July 9 to 15, with the peak on July 9, followed by the second spell from August 10 to 15, which peaked on August 14, and the last between August 22 and 23. In fact, the rainfall recorded between July 9 and 10 in places like Kullu, Shimla, Solan, Kangra, Sirmaur, Hamirpur, Lahaul and Spiti broke all previous records. In Maharashtra, three districts witnessed excess rain activity during this years monsoon season. Overall, the state received 956.5mm rain with Konkan and Goa divisions recording maximum 3151.5mm rain. As many as 75 people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state in July alone. Uttarakhand also witnessed heavy spell of rainfall between July 10 and 15, followed by another spell in the last week of July and the period between August 20 and 24. Over 100 people were killed during the season in Uttarakhand, mainly due to landslide incidents precipitated by excessive rain. Carbon Copy & Carbon Trends (CC&CT), an online portal which tracks developments in the field of climate and energy sector, in its report on the excess rain phenomena this year, said, "The country saw the second highest number of heavy rain events (over 115.6mm rainfall received) since 2019 this year. Half of all heavy rain events came in the month of July.

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