A depression over the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a deep depression and crossed the Odisha coast on Monday morning, bringing heavy rains to the state, the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
A total of 50 NDRF teams has been earmarked for combating any situation emerging out of the cyclone that is expected to make landfall
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The direction was issued in the wake of a Met department forecast that thunderstorm accompanied by lightning is very likely to occur at isolated places in the state.
Heavy rains and floods have claimed at least 48 lives in Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan divisions in the last three days, while crops on lakhs of hectares have been damaged.
Reports suggest crops spread over 57,354 hectares have been damaged. 'I am going to ask the Union government to provide some compensation to farmers who have lost their livelihood,' says Relief Minister Vijay
Heavy rains lashed several parts of Maharashtra, including Pune, Solapur and Kolhapur. 'NDRF, district disaster management cell have been deployed to evacuate stranded people': Officials
Mumbai experienced heavy rains overnight along with thunderstorms and lightning, causing water-logging in some low-lying areas. There may be more today.
The BMC has appealed to Mumbai residents to stay at home and urged commercial establishments, except those providing essential services, to remain closed.
The depression will intensify into a deep depression --- the third and fourth stage of any cyclone formation --- by Monday evening.
One person died in Chennai while nine persons were killed when a wall collapsed in Coimbatore.
The death toll in rain-related incidents in Bihar reached 73
For the third time this monsoon, pounding rains paralaysed the country's commercial capital on Wednesday with total disruption in road and rail traffic, though flights were not hit severely.
In Kerala, a red alert has been issued for Ernakulam, Idduki and Alappuzha as extremely heavy rains are expected in central areas of the state.
Over 30 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in five districts of western Maharashtra in the last one week, including 17 who drowned when a boat capsized near Brahmanal village in Sangli on Thursday.
The Kochi International airport had on Friday suspended all operations till Sunday as the runway area in the airport was waterlogged due to floods.
Torrential rains continued to lash most parts of Kerala on Friday with the toll in the last three days rising to 28 in monsoon-related incidents, including two massive landslides, and over 64,000 people being shifted to relief camps.
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