Amid the devastating flood situation in Assam, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has now predicted an intense rainfall spell over Northern and Northeastern parts of the nation from July 18 to July 21.
The IMD asserted, "The rainfall can accentuate existing flood conditions and also lead to landslides in some areas of Northeastern states and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim".
The IMD said, "Isolated heavy to very heavy falls is very likely over Northwest India during July 18 to 20 and over Northeast and adjoining East India during July 18 to 21" and "Isolated extremely heavy falls is also very likely over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim and Assam and Meghalaya during July 19 to 21 and over Arunachal Pradesh during July 19 to 20".
According to the National Weather Forecasting Centre/Regional Meteorological Centre, New Delhi of the IMD, "the favourable conditions such as monsoon trough lies to the south of its normal position, it is most likely to shift northwards gradually towards foothills of Himalayas from tomorrow," adding, "convergence of moist southerly/southwesterly winds from Bay of Bengal over Northeast & adjoining East India and from Arabian Sea over northwest India at lower tropospheric levels very likely from tomorrow, the 18th July onwards".
"These conditions will lead to rainfall distribution and the intensity is very likely to increase over the northern and northeastern parts of the country from July 18 and 19 respectively," the IMD stated.