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Maharashtra: IMD Issues ‘Red Alert’ for Konkan, Vidarbha, North Central Region

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall and issued a “red alert” for North Konkan, North Central Maharashtra, East and West Vidharbha regions of Maharashtra.

The IMD said parts of Maharashtra could experience heavy to very heavy rains while other isolated parts of the state could also receive extremely heavy downpours.

Mumbai witnessed heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday. Reports indicate that some low-lying areas such as Andheri metro were submerged and authorities had to divert traffic to alternative routes.

Mumbai started witnessing rains on Monday and the intensity increased early Tuesday morning with strong winds.

IMD says that although the heavy rains that started on Sunday are expected to continue across Maharashtra, there may be some relief after August 12.

An ‘orange alert’ was also issued by IMD for Marathwada, south-central Maharashtra and south Konkan.

IMD issues four color-coded alerts based on prevailing weather systems ranging from green to red.

The green color indicates “no warning”, which means that no action should be taken by the authorities. The yellow alert reads “watch”, which means that the authorities must be informed of the situation. Orange warning means ‘alert’, meaning authorities should ‘be prepared’ and red alert means warning, meaning authorities should ‘take action’.

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