Schools In Telangana, Maharashtra Likely To Remain Shut As IMD Predicts Heavy Rainfall
As rainfall remains subdued in Northern India, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has turned its attention to issuing warnings for the Southern states. Maharashtra, Telangana, and Goa are on alert for heavy rainfall this week. Specifically, IMD has issued a warning for numerous districts in Telangana on July 20 and 21, 2023, raising the possibility of school closures in the region. However, no official announcement regarding the closure of Telangana's schools has been released by the state or local government yet.
According to the Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), districts like Nirmal, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Medak, Sangareddy, Rajanna Sircilla, Jagtial, Pedapalli, Mancherial, Adilabad, Jayashankar, Bhupalpally, Hanumakonda, Warangal, and Mulugu are expected to receive significant rainfall.
Meanwhile, IMD has declared a red alert for Palghar and Raigad and an orange alert for Thane, Mumbai, and Ratnagiri districts in Maharashtra. Light to moderate rainfall is also predicted in a few other districts of Maharashtra and Gujarat over the next five days. Additionally, the ghats of Madhya Pradesh and Goa are expected to experience heavy rainfall today.
Northern parts of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan, may also face continuous rainfall throughout the week.
On July 18, Mumbai experienced moderate to heavy rainfall, with an average of 88.24 mm. Raigad remained under an orange warning until July 21, while Palghar and Thane were under notice until July 20. Local authorities advised residents to stay indoors and avoid venturing outside.
Considering the severity of the rainfall forecasts, the government may decide to close schools in Telangana. Additionally, due to rising flood levels in the Yamuna River, schools in Delhi were closed until July 18. Further updates on school holidays resulting from rainfall will be released by officials in due course.