Erratic rains, thunderstorms & more in March impacts lives and livelihoods

Mar 20, 2023

By: BI India Bureau

Erratic environmental changes

This March, several parts of the country have been impacted with erratic environmental changes including early monsoon, hailstorms and strong winds. This was right after an unusually hot February. ​

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IMD predicts heavy to light showers in March

​Heavy rainfall has been recorded in Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Telangana, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu in the past 24 hours. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy to light showers till March 22 for central, west India and south peninsula. It also predicted that Delhi, Rajasthan and UP might see rainfall with thunderstorms and hailstorms. ​

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Rabi crops hit due to unseasonal rains

​Sudden rains along with gusty winds, hailstorm have hit several districts across the north, west, central and southern parts of the country in March putting ready-to-harvest rabi crops like wheat and mustard at risk. ​

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​Orange alert in Delhi​

​The IMD issued an orange alert for Delhi this week from March 20 urging people to be prepared for intense weather activity that could bring heavy rain and hail. An orange alert is a warning to authorities to be prepared for any emergency situation that may arise due to weather. ​

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North India expected to see heavy rainfall in next few days

​IMD issued a yellow alert for most states of India for the next couple of days, with an orange alert for north-eastern states. North India is expected to observe isolated rainfall till March 25-26, said IMD scientist Dr Sen Roy. ​

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Hyderabad sees heavy rainfall in 10 years

Reports say that from March 1-19, Hyderabad has received 51.9 mm of rainfall, which is almost three times the normal mark of 17.5 mm — breaking all the records for March in the past decade. ​

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Unseasonal rain, hailstorms kill five in Maharashtra

​In March, several parts of the country witnessed unseasonal rains and hailstorms with Maharashtra’s Marathwada region being the worst affected, registering five deaths in the last few days.​

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Reports of crop losses due to heavy rains

​At least six districts of Marathwada reported crop losses on more than 62,000 hectares of land due to unseasonal rainfall in just five days, last week.

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​Thunderstorm, gusty winds take lives in Odisha

At least three people including a four-month-old baby were killed while four others were injured in separate incidents after a devastating thunderstorm accompanied by gusty surface wind and lightning hit several parts of Odisha on March 18, Saturday, according to reports.​

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