AGARTALA: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has raised alarms for the northeastern region, issuing alerts and placing Tripura and Mizoram on a 'Red Alert.' The warning pertains to impending thunderstorms and intense rainfall anticipated over the next 24 hours. According to IMD's forecast, Mizoram and Tripura are bracing for heavy to very heavy rainfall, with the possibility of extremely heavy falls exceeding 204.4mm on November 17.
The cause of concern is the escalation of Cyclonic Storm 'Midhili' in the Northwest Bay of Bengal, currently positioned approximately 250 km east-northeast of Paradip (Odisha) at coordinates 20.8°N latitude and 89.0°E longitude.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a specific weather alert for thunderstorms coupled with very heavy rainfall in Khowai, North Tripura, Unakoti, and West Tripura. Residents in these areas are strongly advised to exercise caution and undertake necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
As per IMD's press release, the coastal districts of West Bengal are expected to witness light to moderate rainfall until the evening of November 17.
Meanwhile, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura should brace for heavy to very heavy rainfall on both November 17 and 18, with the likelihood of extremely heavy falls in isolated areas.
Additionally, South Assam and east Meghalaya are forecasted to experience light to moderate rainfall on both November 17 and 18.
The cyclonic storm is predicted to advance in a north-northeastward direction, with landfall anticipated near Khepupara on the Bangladesh coast during the night of November 17, according to IMD. The expected wind speed ranges between 60-70 kmph, with gusts reaching up to 80 kmph.
The imminent arrival of Cyclonic Storm 'Midhili' demands heightened vigilance and proactive measures from the affected states. The combination of thunderstorms, intense rainfall, and potential wind gusts underscores the urgency for residents to prioritize their safety and follow official guidance to minimize the impact of the approaching weather system.