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Monsoon to remain active over central India till August 15: IMD

A vehicle buried in debris after a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Jammu, Thursday. (PTI)

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday said that the current active monsoon conditions will cause widespread heavy rain over areas of central India.

IMD officials said several favourable weather systems were affecting Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Gujarat, where the rain activity would continue till Monday. These systems include a low-pressure system present over central Madhya Pradesh, a well-marked low-pressure system over Gujarat, a Monsoon trough running between these two systems and an offshore trough running parallel to Kerala along Gujarat coasts.
In addition, an east-west wind shear zone, where monsoon winds are active, also persists.

“The Monsoon Trough is very likely to become active and oscillate between its normal and southerly position for the next five days,” the IMD said in its weather bulletin issued on Thursday.

Heavy rains lashed parts of Jammu, which remained one of the hottest areas of the country during the day. IMD’s rainfall data said Jammu recorded 189.6 mm on Thursday, the highest for a single day in August since 2010. Similarly, heavy rains were recorded in Udhampur (121.6 mm) and Katra (77.8 mm) on Thursday.

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