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Monsoon to hit Jamshedpur in 48 hours, met department issues alert of heavy rain

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Jamshedpur, June 11: The Meteorological Department has issued an alert of  heavy rain in several parts of  the state from Saturday, June 12 onwards. Weathermen said the cyclonic circulation over  northwest Bay of  extending upto the mid-tropospheric level is likely to intensify into a low pressure  during the next 24 hours.

IMD officials also hinted at early onset of southwest monsoon in Jharkhand. ” The low pressure would assist  in the early onset of monsoon in Jharkhand. Earlier, we were expecting monsoon’s arrival in Jharkhand around June 15. But, the low pressure would make conditions favourable for the onset of monsoon in the next two to three days, ” said an official of the Met Centre.

A bulletin issued by IMD-New Delhi this afternoon  suggests that on Thursday ( June 10)  southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of south Gujarat region, remaining parts of Maharashtra, Telangana,  Andhra Pradesh, some parts of south Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,  southern Odisha, remaining parts of central Bay of Bengal and most parts of North Bay of Bengal.

Meanwhile, pre-monsoon showers began in several places yesterday.  Met data indicated rain  at a few places during the past 24 hours.

According to the local Met office, with rain clouds playing hide and seek for over a fortnight, it would be difficult to predict when the monsoon rains will arrive. The officials said that though last year the area had witnessed heavy rain, this season it has been badly hit.

Usually monsoon is supposed to arrive in the state between June 10 and 12. However, a recent low pressure area which formed over the Bay of Bengal and moved towards the northeastern direction had slowed  down its movement towards Jharkhand.

Already being battered by rains, various parts of Jharkhand are expected to experience more of the same in the next 48 hours: heavy to very heavy rainfall. Issuing a warning of sorts, the meteorological department said a strong depression, hovering over Gangetic West Bengal, would cross over to Jharkhand bringing rains throughout the state.

“The weather chart indicates the depression would be over Jharkhand by the night. This will result in heavy to very heavy rainfall in different parts of the state,” said an official.

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