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Low-intensity earthquake in Arunachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A low intensity earthquake was reported this morning at a place in Upper Siang district close to the Indo-China border.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD),the slight intensity earthquake occured at 7.46 AM and the Richter scale readings showed the magnitude of the tremor was 3.8.The depth of the occurence was 106 km. The epicentre of the earthquake was recorded at Lat 28.6 degree North and Long 94.9 degree East which is around 116 km from district headquarter Yingkiong.No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far, state Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin told PTI after taking stock of the situation from district officers.She has directed officers to be on their toes to assess the situation properly and keep her posted continuously.

Deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into Cyclone Nada: IMD

A deep depression over the southeast Bay of Bengal has intensified into Cyclone Nada, according to a circular issued by India Meteorological Department (IMD).

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Graphical representation of Cyclone NADA. India Meteorological Department

Light to moderate rainfall is expected at many places, and it is expected to begin in coastal Tamil Nadu from Wednesday evening. But heavy to very heavy rainfall is also expected in parts of coastal Tamil Nadu on 1 and 2 December. Light to moderate rainfall at many places with isolated heavy showers is very likely over Kerala over the weekend.

The depression over the Bay of Bengal has moved northwestwards over the past six hours with a speed of around 15 kilometres per hour. It has intensified into a deep depression, around 830 kilometre southeast of Chennai, 780 kilometre southeast of Puducherry and 490 kilometres southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), according to the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre for Tropical Cylones Over North Indian Ocean of the IMD.

Sea condition would be rough to very rough along & off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts from 1 st December onward. Damage to thatched huts is expected. According to the circular issued by the IMD’s Earth System Science Organisation, the deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal moved northwestwards during past six hours with a speed of around 25 kmph.

The system is very likely to move west-northwestward, intensify further and cross north Tamil Nadu coast between Vedaranniyam and Puducherry, close to Cuddalore by early hours of 2 December.

First Published On : Nov 30, 2016 14:55 IST

In June, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand and 4 other drought-hit states short of water

Of 11 states ravaged by drought in 2016, seven — Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — had less than average water in their reservoirs in June 2016.

Levels in dam reservoirs were no more than 10% of capacity across the 11 states as June ended, according to the reservoir data with the Central Water Commission. This is despite the fact that eight of the 11 had normal rainfall in June; rains were 30% short of normal in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand.

Telangana reservoirs are at 2% of capacity, Maharashtra’s at 5.6%, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka at 9.5%, which means South Central India is particularly short on water. Maharashtra, with reservoirs at 5.6% of capacity and a 33% deficit in June rainfall, was the worst-hit state at the end of June.

The situation in 2016 is a reminder of the 2009 drought that wreaked havoc with India’s economy by pushing inflation to double digits. But much will depend, experts said, on how the monsoon progresses over the next three months.

Although reasonable rainfall was reported from Maharashtra’s central and southeastern Marathwada region, a traditionally drought-prone area, reservoir levels remain at 1% of capacity—as they have been since a month—an unprecedented situation.

Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were four of 11 drought-hit states that reported more-than-average water in their reservoirs.

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The southwest monsoon hit India eight days late, breaking over Kerala on June 8, 2016, instead of June 1. It reached Mumbai on June 20, 10 days later than normal.

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are the drought-hit states that received more than average June rainfall till June 23, according to India Meteorological Department data.

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Source: Hydromet, India Meteorological Department; unit – mm)

While monsoon rains are underway in southern and eastern India, and most of the central plains, Gujarat and Rajasthan have got little or no rain.

Despite higher-than-normal rainfall in June 2015, all states reported uniform shortfalls over the 2015 monsoon season, indicating that June rainfall is not a harbinger of what might happen.

If the two water indicators—reservoir levels and rainfall (in June)—are taken together, Maharashtra, as we said, is the worst-affected state in India. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, both equally affected by the drought and with water in their reservoirs at less than 10%, have benefitted from above-normal June rainfall. *Lowest water levels in Maharashtra reservoirs in eight years: Govt* While the CWC data covers only major reservoirs in Maharashtra, the state government water resources department puts water levels in Maharashtra dams at 9% of capacity, the lowest in eight years.

June rainfall in 2014 was a fourth of normal; in 2016, it was half of normal. The northern and eastern areas of the state, the Vidarbha region, were worst hit in 2009, sparking a wave of farmer suicides.

“If we consider the four-month rainfall—June, July, August and September—as important for agriculture, a delayed monsoon will undoubtedly reduce the June rainfall,” Ranjan Kelkar, former Director General of India Meteorological Department (IMD) told IndiaSpend. “That tells us nothing about rainfall in the remaining three months; it all depends on how strong the coming monsoon winds are.”

In April, the Met forecast above-normal monsoon rainfall for the June to September 2016 season, standing by its forecast in June. As Kelkar said, it all depends on the next three months.

Abhishek Waghmare is an analyst with IndiaSpend.

Mumbai: Incessant rains temporarily disrupt train services, heavy showers predicted over 2 days

Mumbai: Rains continued to lash Mumbai for the third consecutive day on Saturday, slightly disrupting suburban train services, even as the Met department predicted heavy showers over the next two days in Mumbai, Konkan and Goa region.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued a warning to fishermen not to venture into the sea in the wake of forecast.

“This good and sustained spell of rain is thanks to the offshore trough formed over the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast. There is also an upper air cyclonic circulation developing over south of Gujarat and north Konkan,” IMD Mumbai director VK Rajeev said.

Yesterday, the Colaba and Santa Cruz observatories in Mumbai recorded a rainfall of 26.8 mm and 50 mm respectively.

The continuous downpour has affected the movement of local trains to some extent, as they are seen running at least 15 minutes behind their normal schedule, although no train cancellations have been reported so far.

However, the downpour has not caused any major flight delays or cancellations.

The incessant rains have brought down the temperature to an extent, with Colaba recording a minimum temperature of 25.8 degrees Celsius and Santa Cruz 24.2 degrees Celsius.

Incessant rains lash Mumbai; heavy spells predicted in 48 hrs

Rains continued to lash Mumbai for the third consecutive day on Saturday, slightly disrupting suburban train services, even as the Met department predicted heavy showers over the next two days in Mumbai, Konkan and Goa region.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued a warning to fishermen not to venture into the sea in the wake of forecast. “This good and sustained spell of rain is thanks to the offshore trough formed over the Arabian Sea off Gujarat coast. There is also an upper air cyclonic circulation developing over south of Gujarat and north Konkan,” IMD Mumbai director VK Rajeev said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yesterday, the Colaba and Santa Cruz observatories in Mumbai recorded a rainfall of 26.8 mm and 50 mm respectively.The continuous downpour has affected the movement of local trains to some extent, as they are seen running at least 15 minutes behind their normal schedule, although no train cancellations have been reported so far.However, the downpour has not caused any major flight delays or cancellations.The incessant rains have brought down the temperature to an extent, with Colaba recording a minimum temperature of 25.8 degrees Celsius and Santa Cruz 24.2 degrees Celsius. PTI

Maharashtra government disburses Rs 12,000 crore of crop loans

While the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a favourable monsoon this year, the state government has completed the disbursement of crop loans worth Rs 12,064.93 crore to over 1.9 million farmers in the state by the end of May 2016.Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has told the officials concerned in various departments that while the monsoon predictions are good, all the departments should ensure that no farmer is deprived of any facility — be it seeds, fertilisers or crop loans that are vital for sowing seeds. Fadnavis has told the officials that since the pre-sowing season has started and farmers need to avail the seeds for sowing, banks should ensure that necessary finances are provided to the agriculture sector.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) has finalised a target of Rs 51,235 crore for crop loan disbursement for the year 2016-17. The SLBC has decided that out of this target, the banks would be disbursing Rs 13,568 crore for the rabbi season, while Rs 37,677 crore would be disbursed for the kharif season. The district cooperative banks have been earmarked for a target of Rs 13,114 crore, while commercial banks have been given a target of Rs 22,168 crore and rural banks have been asked to disburse crop loans worth Rs 2,395 crore.There are 1.36 crore and 43 thousand registered farmers (Khaatedar shetkari) in the state and the government has decided to provide crop loans to at least 80% of these farmers. Fadnavis has directed the officials to organise district-level conventions of farmers so that loan restructuring is made easy and farmers can avail the fresh crop loans.

Heat wave causes over 300 deaths in Telangana this year: Official

As many as 315 heat wave-related deaths have been reported in Telangana since the beginning of the summer season till May 21, according to officials of the state Disaster Management department.”315 (heat wave-related) deaths were confirmed by the three-member committee. Nalgonda district recorded the highest death toll of 91,” an official in the Disaster Management department Control Room said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: No relief from soaring temperature: IMD predicts another bout of extreme heat wave”There has been appreciable rise in maximum temperatures at one or two places over Telangana. The temperatures have been appreciably above normal at one or two places,” India Meteorological Department (MET) said in a bulletin.The highest maximum temperature of 46 degree Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam, the weatherman said.”Heat wave conditions are very likely to prevail at isolated places in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Warangal and Khammam districts of the state during next 72 hours (May 23-25),” it added.

Skymet predicts early onset of monsoon in Kerala this year

Monsoon will hit Kerala between May 28 and 30, two-three days before its normal onset date of June 1, private forecasting agency Skymet said.However, it is expected to reach New Delhi on July 1 and Jaisalmer by July 12. It is likely to reach Kolkata by June 10 and Mumbai by June 12. The Southwest Monsoon will arrive over Andaman and Nicobar Islands between May 18 and 20.”It is likely to reach Kerala between May 28 and May 30. Thereafter, it will cover other parts of the country. Present weather conditions are indicating a promising beginning of Monsoon 2016 which is likely to usher in with a bang,” Skymet said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The normal monsoon onset date is June 1 when it reaches Kerala. Monsoon reaching a tad early is expected to provide relief to many parts of country which are reeling under severe heat wave and drought conditions.The India Meteorological Department, as well as Skymet, have made a forecast of “above normal” monsoon this year.

Killer heat wave grips Telangana taking death toll to 219

Heat wave conditions in some parts of Telangana continued to take toll as the number of deaths rose to 219 during the present summer season, according to the State Disaster Management department.”These 219 deaths were confirmed by the three-member committee. Nalgonda tops the list with 76 deaths followed by Mahbubnagar with 35,” an official in the Disaster Management control room said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The last count of 178 was reported yesterday.A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department said heat wave conditions are likely to prevail in some parts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar and Khammam districts.”Thunderstorm with squall/hail (is) likely (to occur) at a few places over Telangana during next 48 hours (today and tomorrow),” it said.Telangana has been witnessing severe heat wave during this summer season.The state government had earlier issued heat wave alerts to all the districts, to take precautionary measures.The government had also declared summer holidays for schools from April 16, which were actually scheduled from April 24, in view of the scorching sun.The government had also announced Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to kin of each of the deceased.

No immediate relief for people of Bihar as heat wave to continue for next 48 hours

There will be no immediate relief from the heat wave for the people of Bihar as the Met department on Saturday predicted that heat wave conditions will continue for next 48 hours in west and central parts of the state.”After two days, the temperature will be down by one or two notches but the people will not feel any relief from the searing heat as the temperature would again rise due to heatwave,” India Meteorological Department (IMD), heatwave,” India Meteorological Department (IMD), Patna, Director Ashish Sen told Ashish Sen told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This will continue for a week due to prevailing dry and hot conditions, Sen said.
ALSO READ Severe heat wave grips the country; claims 49 lives in Telangana, 4 in OdishaMet official sources said that the heat wave situation is prevailing in the state due to dry and hot westerly winds that has singed the entire state for past couple of days.Normally, hot and dry winds blow at the speed of 6 to 8 km per hour but at present, it is blowing at 20 km per hour, official sources said.Patna, the state capital, today recorded the temperature at 43.3 degree C which is six degrees above normal while Gaya too recorded a maximum temperature of 43.3 degree C. Both cities recorded highest temperature for today.Patna’s minimum temperature was 25.5 degree C while Gaya recorded a minimum temperature of 25.7 degree C.Bhagalpur recorded a maximum of 41.4 degree C with 23.0 minimum temperature while Purnea recorded a maximum of 38.9 degree C with 22.5 degree minimum temperature.The MeT department has forecast that Gaya will be hottest tomorrow with maximum temperature expected to be around 44 degree C while Patna will have a maximum temperature of 43 degree C tomorrow.

Severe heat wave conditions likely to prevail in Telangana

Hyderabad: Severe heat wave conditions are likely to prevail over isolated places in several districts of Telangana for the next five days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in Hyderabad on Friday.

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Representational image. Reuters

“Severe heat wave conditions are likely to prevail over isolated places in the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak and Nalgonda of Telangana and heat wave conditions (are) very likely to prevail at many places in all districts of Telangana for next 48 hours (22 and 23 April),” the IMD said in its heat wave warning for the next five days in the state.

Heat wave conditions are “very likely to prevail” over many places in all the districts of Telangana during April 24 and 25, but the heat wave conditions are expected to abate on April 26, it said.

In its summary of maximum temperatures, the IMD said the highest maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam in Telangana.

The maximum temperatures were markedly above normal at one or two places in the state, it said.

Senior officials recently said 35 people lost their lives due to the heat wave conditions and the government had issued a directive to the officials to take precautionary and relief measures. The IMD has also been advising people on the prevailing heat conditions.

India to receive a little more than normal rainfall this year

India will experience a little more than normal rainfall this monsoon, according to a forecast by a weather risk management company.”As per our models, India will receive more than normal rainfall this year. June is expected to receive fairly good rainfall, around 25% more than the normal limit,” said Kanti Prasad, senior consultant (climate sciences), Weather Risk Management Services Ltd.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In June, the country is expected a receive 25% more rainfall than normal. Rainfall will start receding thereafter but will remain within the parameters of “normal monsoon”, he said.Northeast India, however, may not receive good rainfall, he said.”Generally, the trend is when the entire India receives good rainfall, the northeastern part does not receive good rainfall,” Prasad added.The India Meteorological Department is expected to come out with its forecast later this month. It has indicated a good rainfall this year with the weakening of El-Nino.

Colour-coded weather warnings and district specific forecasts from this year

An expert committee of meteorologists has suggested a slew of changes to the way weather events are defined and conveyed to the general public including introduction of colour-coded weather warnings, more precise weather forecasts and changing old terminologies to be people-friendly.The committee, comprised of scientists from India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, scrutinized records on rainfall, cold-waves and heat-waves of the last three decades to arrive at the recommendations.The committee has asked IMD, the national weather bureau agency, to issue forecasts on the “basis of district specific and tehsil specific data along with forecast on the district headquarters.” This will be also be accompanied with district maps. Along with providing precise information on weather events, the Met department is also going to introduced colour-coded weather warnings on the lines of air quality alerts.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Based on their intensity and potential impact, rainfall, cold and heat will be signified using red, orange, yellow and green colour-codes. These warnings will be displayed on the IMD website in the coming months. “The weather bureau has enhanced logistical support today in the form of more rain gauges, automatic weather stations and doppler radars. Consequently, we have more data at our disposal and sophisticated technology to interpret it. Thus, we are capable of conveying precise information to the stakeholders such as district administrations and the citizens,” said BP Yadav, head, National Weather Forecasting Centre.Currently, forecasts on rainfall are issued using phrases such as ‘rainfall may occur at isolated places’ or ‘one or two places’. The Met department will have to now dump such phrases and replace it with ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ in their forecasts. Further, the data analysis of past years has prompted the committee to change definitions of rainfall intensity. For instance, 20cms or 200mm of rainfall will now be defines as extremely heavy rainfall against the earlier benchmark of 25cms.”With time, the relevance of certain benchmarks has changed and the same goes for old terminologies. Since we have more tools, the people should be conveyed precise information,” Yadav added.