Mumbai's air quality continues to remain in 'moderate' category, AQI at 130

Mumbai's air quality continued to remain in the 'moderate' category on Monday morning. According to the SAMEER App, Mumbai's air quality continues to be 'moderate' with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 130 at 10 am. Although, on Monday morning, a light haze had settled over the city. The SAMEER App dashboard on Monday showed Worli's AQI as 97 and Borivali's AQI as 89. Bandra's AQI continued to remain in the 'moderate' category at 118. While Chembur's AQI and Malad's AQI were in the 'moderate' category at 109 and 172, respectively. Meanwhile, Shivaji Nagar's AQI slipped to the 'poor' category at 213. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered 'poor', 301-400 'very poor', and 401-500 'severe', while the AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory' and 101 and 200 'moderate'. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in their daily forecast for the city and surrounding areas, said that fog and mist in the morning is very likely and partly cloudy sky later. The maximum temperature is likely to be around 34 degrees Celsius. While the minimum temperature is likely to be around 22 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, as cyclone 'Michaung' is expected to make landfall tonight in Southern Andhra Pradesh and the North coast of Tamil Nadu several parts of Chennai continue to receive heavy rainfall with very strong wind. Heavy rainfall in Chennai has caused massive waterlogging in parts of the city. Meteorological Centre, Chennai at 7 am said, "Moderate thunderstorms and lightning with moderate rain, and intense spells at times is very likely at many places over Thiruvallur, Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts of Tamil Nadu. Moderate thunderstorm and lightning with moderate rain is very likely few places over Ranippettai, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Mayiladuthurai, Thanjavur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Kallakurichy, Vellore, Thirupattur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri Salem, Namakkal, Thiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts of Tamilnadu and Puducherry in the next three hours." Suburban train services in all the Chennai Suburban sections were temporarily suspended up to 8 am on Monday due to heavy rains and waterlogging. Water logging has been experienced in several parts of the city like Maduravoyal, Porur, Saligaramam, and Valasaravakkam. Trees have been uprooted due to strong winds in many places. (With inputs from ANI)

04 December,2023 10:21 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Next week predicted to be warmer, more polluted

Mumbaikars can expect warmer weather with daytime temperatures hovering around 31C in the coming days. Due to an atmospheric temperature inversion trap, partial cloudy skies and smoggy conditions are predicted in the city and surrounding areas, resulting in poor air quality. Air quality, which improved marginally in the last few days, is expected to fall under the ‘moderate’ category this week. Speaking to mid-day, Director of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai, Sunil Kamble, said, “The weather in Mumbai and adjoining areas in the next few days will remain dry. North Maharashtra will be cloudier.” Kamble added, “The temperature will remain slightly warm during the daytime. Temperature in Mumbai witnesses a significant drop by December end and the beginning of January. “ Also read: Above-normal temperatures in most parts in December, says IMD Last Wednesday, the minimum temperature in Mumbai dipped below 20C for the first time this season, with the IMD’s Santacruz observatory recording a minimum temperature of 19.7C. Per the IMD bulletin, there will be a two-three degree rise in temperature over Maharashtra’s interiors for the next two days, with no significant change thereafter.

03 December,2023 04:14 AM IST | Mumbai | Dipti Singh
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Due to low visibility, 18 Delhi-bound flights diverted

Three Vistara flights bound for Delhi were diverted on Saturday morning due to poor visibility at the Delhi airport, stated an agency report. According to the report, one flight was diverted to Ahmedabad and others to Jaipur.  According to the report, flight UK954 and Flight UK928, both from Mumbai to Delhi, were rerouted to Jaipur, as stated by Vistara Airlines in their social media posts. "Flight UK928 from Mumbai to Delhi (BOM-DEL) has been diverted to Jaipur (JAI) due to low visibility at Delhi airport and is expected to arrive in Jaipur (JAI) at 0945 hours. Please stay tuned for further updates," Vistara wrote. The airlines wrote in another post, "Flight UK954 from Mumbai to Delhi (BOM-DEL) has been diverted to Jaipur (JAI) due to bad weather at Delhi airport and has arrived in Jaipur (JAI) at 0842 hours." Reportedly, UK954 reached Jaipur at 8:42 am, while UK928 was expected to arrive at 9:45 a.m. Additionally, Flight UK906 from Ahmedabad to Delhi was redirected back to Ahmedabad and was due to land at 10:00 am. Reportedly, as many as 18 flights at the Delhi airport were diverted to various cities like Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Amritsar due to adverse weather conditions on Saturday morning.  The airport issued a notice on X around 08,10 am, indicating the implementation of low visibility procedures. Update issued at 0808 HoursKind attention to all flyers!#Fog #FogAlert #DelhiAirport — Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) December 2, 2023 Delhi's Environment Minister announced the lifting of Grap-3 but emphasised strict adherence to Grap-1 and 2 to address the concerning air quality situation. The visibility was notably low in parts of Delhi, with the air quality categorised as 'very poor' in several areas. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reported 'very poor' air quality readings in places like Anand Vihar and Ashok Vihar, with readings reaching 388 and 386 AQI respectively at 6 a.m. Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport registered an AQI of 375 at 10:00 am.

02 December,2023 11:34 AM IST | Delhi | mid-day online correspondent
Having a winter skincare regime in place well in advance can go a long way in avoiding skin issues born out of harsh weather. Photo Courtesy: iStock  

Mid-Day Premium Winter is coming: Experts dish out skincare tips

Itchy skin, dry nose and chapped lips indicate the onset of winter season in the city. While we all look forward to some relief from the blazing heat, it must be known that the pleasant weather in Mumbai comes with its own set of woes, dry skin being the most common.   Further, persistent poor air quality and pollution from Diwali are most likely to worsen the skin issues for many city residents. To address this concern and aid Mumbaikars, especially those with sensitive skin, Mid-day Online knocked on the doors of dermatologists to get some key winter skincare tips.   Although dry skin is the most common skin condition in dry weather, other issues like dry eczemas, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, prurigo, xerotic eczemas, frizzy hair, and brittle nails are known to exacerbate during the winter season. Experts say, having a winter skincare regime in place well in advance can go a long way in avoiding skin issues born out of harsh weather.   “In Mumbai, the weather is not so cold. Hence, one may not change the skincare much unless the skin dries up. However, one must make some key changes keeping in mind the change in weather,” says Dr Shefali Trasi Nerurkar, consultant dermatologist, Dr Trasi Clinic and La Piel Skin Clinic.   Adding to this, Dr Reshma Vishnani, consultant dermatologist, trichologist and aesthetic dermatologist, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, says, “For us Mumbaikars though the drop in temperature and decrease in humidity in these months will give us a relief from the excessive sweating, it becomes difficult for the skin to retain the natural moisture making it more sensitive and prone to dryness along with flaky skin and hair. This makes it necessary to have a winter-appropriate skincare routine in place.”    The winter skincare mantra  When it comes to using the correct products, you must always use hydrating skincare items during winter. Include gentle non-soapy and fragrance-free cleansers to wash the face and the body. One can use micellar cleansers that are gentle on the skin. Depending on your skin type, use lightweight, water-based moisturisers containing ceramides that help lock in moisture. Those who have extremely dry skin can opt for a thick moisturiser or body butter. At night, you can make use of hyaluronic acid serum.    For anti-ageing products, use products containing peptides, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to also keep the hair hydrated.    A daily winter skincare regime  1. Have a bath with lukewarm water.   2. Followed by this, pat dry your body and lather a generous amount of moisturiser.   3. After applying moisturiser, apply sunscreen during the day. At night, you can apply hyaluronic acid serum, followed by a round of moisturising.    4. You can also indulge yourself in a 30-minute oil massage prior to the bath followed by a mild cleanser for wash and then a moisturiser. Using hand and foot cream containing four to 10 per cent urea can prevent rough and cracked hands and feet. Before applying the creams, one can dip the feet in warm water and then cover them with socks.   5. Oil the hair regularly to hydrate and prevent it from breakage. Apply nail oil or moisturiser to hydrate the nail cuticles. 6. Make sure to lather lip balms generously and reapply them from time to time. Regular use of lip balm is compulsory to prevent dry chapped lips. Opt for a lip balm containing SPF to ensure maximum lip hydration.   7.  Use a good eye contour cream containing ceramides and growth factors to hydrate the skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles around the eye.  Both Trasi and Vishnani strongly warn against skipping moisturising.    Common skincare mistakes to avoidAccording to Trasi, “Most of us follow the same skincare routine throughout the year. However, cold weather can dry the skin and some skin products like retinol can lead to increased skin dryness.” This makes it necessary for us to understand which products and skincare habits should be avoided.   1. Avoid hot water baths. It can rob your skin of moisture making it prone to dermatitis. Avoid toners as they can also dehydrate the skin.   2. Avoid using glycerine-based soaps. Rather use shower gels or neutral pH skin-friendly soaps called syndets. Further, any skincare products containing retinol, salicylic acids, or benzoyl peroxides should be replaced with other products.  3. Never exfoliate your face or body with scrubs or natural face packs in dry cold weather. Doing this can cause redness and exacerbate itching. Discontinue tomato or lemon application on the face which can worsen the skin issues more. Use masks containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin C or vitamin E. These hydrate the skin and give a good glow.4. Avoid wearing harsh clothing, especially woollens as they can scratch the dry skin even more. Opt for soft woollens that are smooth on the skin.5. Avoid contact with wet hair with cold winds as it can cause hair breakage and hair fall. Also, do not use curling machines and tongs as they damage the hair cuticle.  The crucial role of sunscreenAccording to Vishnani, “Sunscreen should be applied and reapplied every three hours in an adequate quantity whether you are inside the house, car, office or outside on the road. Sunscreen has to be applied even if it’s raining outside or gloomy.”    Adding to this, Trasi says, “One must never forget to use sunscreen even during winter season. Though the sun rays are less harsh, one can get tanned in winter. Nowadays, everyone works on devices containing visible light like laptops and computers. Hence, the facial tan is from those rays rather than the sun itself, making sunscreen an all-time necessity.”    Pre and post-makeup skincare  During dry weather, opting for organic and liquid-based makeup helps the skin to stay hydrated. Avoid powder-based makeup in this climate as it can make your face look cakey. Further, avoid alcohol or spirit-based cosmetics as they have a tendency to irritate the skin in this climate. Use good amounts of moisturisers before applying makeup to prevent drying of the skin. Also, avoid over-layering of foundation creams. Excess layering of skin with moisturisers, concealers, and foundations can lead to acne breakouts.  With regards to make-up for lips, avoid using non-transfer, matte lipsticks or long-lasting lipsticks on an everyday basis as they will dry out your lips further. Instead use moisturising or glossy lipsticks, even though they don’t stay for long.    Tips for healthy skin during air quality concerns “A bad air quality definitely creates havoc on the skin,” says Trasi. Indoor and outdoor pollution may activate inflammatory pathways and lower the levels of antioxidants in the skin. Oxidation damages the skin’s DNA, collagen breakdown and the barrier function of the skin. Skin problems like acne, eczemas, psoriasis, premature greying of hair, and early wrinkling have been exacerbated in spite of good treatment. Skin allergies or urticaria cases have increased with the current pollution level. Hence take extra care of the skin and visit the dermatologist as required. To counter the evil of winter pollution, Vishnani suggests washing your face at least twice or thrice a day, following up with a moisturiser. Have a clean diet with adequate hydration and exercise to flush out those toxins. Most importantly, visit a dermatologist who can set up a skin care regimen as per your skin and daily routine.   The importance of diet in skincare  Both Trasi and Vishnani stress that hydration for the skin, internal as well as topical, is non-negotiable. Along with this, consume a lot of seasonal fruits and veggies. Berries are exceptional sources of vitamins and antioxidants your skin needs to stay healthy during the cold weather. Avoid smoking and drinking excessively as it dehydrates the skin and hair. Disclaimer: This information does not replace professional medical advice. Consult a qualified specialist or your physician for personalised guidance.

30 November,2023 08:13 AM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire

Indians Set Sail for European Holidays

In recent years, there has been a noticeable trend among Indian tourists opting for catamaran sailing holidays in the Mediterranean. This surge in interest can be attributed to a combination of factors that make the Mediterranean an increasingly popular choice for Indian travelers seeking a unique and luxurious seafaring experience. One of the primary reasons for the appeal of catamaran sailing in the Mediterranean is the region's diverse and picturesque landscapes. The Mediterranean boasts a stunning array of destinations, from the rugged coastlines of Greece to the glamorous French Riviera, each offering a distinctive blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Indian tourists are drawn to the idea of exploring ancient ruins, quaint coastal villages, and vibrant cities, all within the backdrop of the azure Mediterranean Sea. Luxury catamaran charters provide Indian travelers with an unparalleled level of comfort and convenience. These spacious vessels, with their multiple cabins and wide decks, offer a sense of opulence that aligns with the discerning tastes of many Indian tourists. The Mediterranean, known for its calm and navigable waters, provides an ideal setting for catamaran sailing, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for both seasoned sailors and those new to yachting. The Mediterranean's rich maritime history and cultural diversity also play a significant role in attracting Indian tourists. Exploring the ancient harbors of Rome, sailing past the historic coastlines of Croatia, or anchoring near the iconic Greek islands allows travelers to immerse themselves in the region's captivating past. The Mediterranean's allure lies not only in its stunning natural landscapes but also in its archaeological wonders, medieval architecture, and a culinary tapestry that reflects the diverse cultures of the surrounding countries. The Mediterranean climate is another factor that appeals to Indian tourists seeking an escape from the Indian subcontinent's often intense heat. The Mediterranean offers a more temperate climate, making it an attractive destination for those looking to enjoy the sun without the extremes experienced in many parts of India. The pleasant weather, especially during the sailing season, enhances the overall experience of exploring the Mediterranean on a catamaran. The ease of travel and accessibility also contribute to the increasing popularity of Mediterranean catamaran sailing holidays among Indian tourists. Major Mediterranean hubs like Barcelona, Athens, and Nice are well-connected to international airports, providing convenient entry points for travelers. This accessibility, coupled with the region's efficient yacht charter services, makes planning a catamaran sailing holiday in the Mediterranean relatively straightforward for Indian tourists. In conclusion, the rising interest of Indian tourists in catamaran sailing holidays in the Mediterranean can be attributed to a combination of factors, including the region's diverse landscapes, cultural richness, comfortable yachting conditions, pleasant climate, and logistical convenience. As more Indian travelers seek unique and luxurious experiences, the Mediterranean emerges as a top choice for those looking to embark on a memorable catamaran sailing adventure amidst the captivating beauty of this iconic sea.

29 November,2023 07:30 PM IST | MUMBAI | BrandMedia
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"Extreme weather events in first 9 months of 2023 killed 3000 people in India"

A report released on Wednesday by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) revealed that India faced frequent extreme weather events during the first nine months of 2023, resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths. The country experienced extreme weather on 86 per cent of days from January to September 2023, causing extensive damage, including the loss of crops, homes, and animal lives. The CSE emphasized that the actual numbers could be higher due to incomplete data collection. The report, titled "India 2023: An assessment of extreme weather events," aims to establish evidence of the increasing frequency and geographic spread of such events in the country. The CSE said 2,923 people died, almost two million hectares of crops were ruined, 80,000 homes were destroyed and more than 92,000 animals were killed. But these numbers might be even higher because not all the data is collected, it said. Also read: Gujarat rains: Death toll rises to 27 amid unseasonal rainfall "'India 2023: An assessment of extreme weather events' attempts to build an evidence base on the frequency and expanding geography of extreme weather events in the country. As this assessment clearly shows, what the country has witnessed so far in 2023 is the new 'abnormal' in a warming world," said the CSE director general Sunita Narain. Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of extreme weather events at 138. However, the largest number of deaths occurred in Bihar (642), followed by Himachal Pradesh (365) and Uttar Pradesh (341). Punjab recorded the highest number of animal deaths while Himachal Pradesh reported the most damaged houses due to extreme weather events. In the southern region, Kerala saw the highest count of extreme weather days (67) and deaths (60). Telangana suffered maximum effect on crop area (over 62,000 hectares). The state also witnessed high animal casualties (645). Karnataka faced severe destruction, with over 11,000 houses demolished. In northwest India, Uttar Pradesh had the most extreme weather days at 113. Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, and Rajasthan were also significantly affected. In the eastern and northeastern regions, Assam registered maximum extreme weather events (102), with the state losing 159 livestock and over 48,000 hectares of crops devastated. Nagaland saw over 1,900 houses destroyed. The CSE said January was slightly warmer than average, while February broke records, becoming the warmest in 122 years. India had its sixth driest February and the driest August in 122 years. It said lightning and storms were the most common disasters, occurring on 176 out of 273 days and claiming 711 lives. Most of these deaths occurred in Bihar. However, the most significant devastation came from heavy rains, floods, and landslides, causing over 1,900 casualties. According to research conducted by a different think tank, more than 80 per cent of Indians live in districts vulnerable to climate risks.  

29 November,2023 12:47 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Unseasonal rain: Maharashtra CM orders crop damage assessment, compensation

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has ordered an assessment of crop losses caused by unseasonal rain in Maharashtra and payment of compensation to affected farmers, according to the PTI. "Authorities have been directed to conduct the panchnama of the damaged crops and affected farmers should be paid adequate compensation," CM Shinde said. He attended various programmes in Thane city on Monday when he spoke to reporters. "This is the government of farmers and workers. The government will always stand behind these classes," the chief minister said, reported the PTI. Notably, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray had on Tuesday targeted CM Eknath Shinde for campaigning in poll-bound Telangana even though farmers in Maharashtra are suffering due to unseasonal rains. He said preliminary information suggests that nearly 1 lakh hectares of land under cultivation in Marathwada, Vidarbha and north Maharashtra regions was affected due to unseasonal rains over the last three to four days. Meanwhile, CM Eknath Shinde said that Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra and Naxal-hit areas in the region are transforming. "Instead of giving jobs, we want to create job-givers. I am satisfied that Balasaheb Thackeray's dream of Maharashtra becoming a job-giver is finally coming to fruition," he said, according to the PTI. The chief minister said Naxalism cannot be crushed only by the bullet and underlined the need to create development opportunities for the people living in the affected region. Queried on recent incidents of Naxalite violence in Gadchiroli district, the chief minister said the C60 commando force has proved to be very effective. "Naxalism menace in Gadchiroli is almost over. They are not getting new recruits, forcing the remaining cadres to shift their base to neighbouring Chhattisgarh," he added. Meanwhile, Union minister Kapil Patil on Tuesday urged the chief minister to expedite the assessment of the damage caused to crops by rain and hailstorms in the Bhiwandi Lok Sabha constituency. In a letter addressed to the chief minister, Patil said crops in Bhiwandi, Shahapur, Murbad and Wada talukas have suffered heavy losses and the paddy thrashing work was also affected. He urged the CM to order relief for the affected farmers and due compensation.  (with PTI inputs)

28 November,2023 07:35 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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BKC reports highest AQI value in Mumbai for 2nd consecutive day

For the third consecutive day, Mumbai and its suburbs is witnessing a 'satisfactory' air quality. On Tuesday morning, according to SAMEER App, the Air Quality Index of Mumbai was at 62. The reduction of the air quality came after the city witnessed spells of unseasonal rainfall and thunderstorms over the past weekend. Several areas across the city and its suburbs were recording either 'satisfactory' or 'good' air quality except Bandra Kurla Complex. BKC continued to remain in 'moderate' category with an AQI of 119. Notably, on Tuesday, additional areas reported 'good' air quality than on Monday. On Monday only Mazgaon and Worli areas recorded AQI below 50, while on Tuesday, Powai, Vile Parle, Borivali, Colaba, Chembur Malad, Byculla, Ghatkopar areas recorded AQI below 50. Thane, which had also received intermittent moderate showers, recorded a 'satisfactory' air quality. Thane's AQI on Tuesday was at 94; surprisingly, the Upavan area of the city recorded AQI of 116. Concurrently, Navi Mumbai's air quality, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was 'satisfactory' with AQI 100. Nerul and Vashi nodes reported a 'moderate' air quality with AQI of 166 and 144 respectively. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has, to mitigate the issue, introduced crucial guidelines to resolve the issue. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde convened a meeting on November 9, involving district collectors, police commissioners, and municipal corporation officials and instructed them to take action against those violating the guidelines. He further stated that all districts across Maharashtra will assess air quality on a weekly basis and thus adjust pollution control measures.An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', 401 and 450 'severe' and above 450 'severe-plus'. Mumbai Weather The India Meteorological Department on Tuesday forecasted that the city will see partly cloudy sky with a possibility of light rain or thundershowers. Maximum & minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 30 degrees Celcius and 22 degrees Celcius respectively, the weather department said. 

28 November,2023 10:07 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Gujarat rains: Death toll rises to 27 amid unseasonal rainfall

The death toll in Gujarat due to unseasonal rainfall that hit several parts of the state over the weekend increased to 27 on Monday, claiming the lives of 79 animals, an official statement from the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said. According to SEOC, two people lost their lives due to a house collapse in the Dahod district, while one more person died due to the falling of trees in the Mehsana district of Gujarat. Earlier, one person died in each of the districts of Ahmedabad, Amreli, Anand, Kheda, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Panchmahal, Patan, Botad, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Surat and Surendranagar. In the Tapi district, two people lost their lives due to a lightning strike. Three people each were killed due to lightning strikes in the districts of Banaskantha and Bharuch and four people died in Dahod district, the official said. On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed his grief over the loss of lives in Gujarat. "I am deeply saddened by the news of the deaths of many people due to bad weather and lightning in various cities in Gujarat. I express my deepest condolences to those who lost their loved ones in this tragedy for their irreparable loss. The local administration is engaged in relief work, praying for the speedy recovery of the injured," read a post by Amit Shah on the microblogging site X. Gujarat has been witnessing unseasonal rainfall in many parts of the state since Sunday morning. Hailstones also fell in many places, accompanied by sporadic downpours. According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, Gandhinagar and Gir Somnath experienced 38 mm of rainfall from 6 am to 8 am on Sunday morning; Junagadh witnessed 35 mm of rainfall; Amreli witnessed 13 mm of rainfall; and Rajkot (6mm) on Sunday morning. The weather department had predicted rain three days in advance. Rain started with strong winds in many areas of South Gujarat, Saurashtra and North Gujarat.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

27 November,2023 09:31 PM IST | Gandhinagar | ANI
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Maharashtra: Unseasonal rains damage crops in Nashik; minister orders panchnama

The recent unseasonal rains damaged crops in Nashik district of Maharashtra following which state minister has ordered for a panchnama, reported the PTI. Maharashtra Minister Dada Bhuse on Monday inspected crop damage due to unseasonal rains in Nashik district and ordered officials to conduct panchnama to assess losses in the next two days, as per the PTI. Heavy rains on Sunday damaged crops, including grapes, onions, tomatoes, sugarcane, and leafy vegetables in Nashik district of Maharashtra, an official said, according to the PTI. Dada Bhuse, the district's guardian minister, visited Kasbe Sukene village in Niphad taluka, which was worst affected due to the unseasonal showers. "The panchanama of farms affected by the unseasonal rain will be completed in the next two days. Farmers who have taken crop insurance will inform the insurance companies about their losses. No one will be deprived of help. Efforts will be made to provide immediate financial assistance to the affected farmers," the minister said. Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds and lightning lashed Nashik city and district on Sunday afternoon. Power cuts were witnessed in many parts of the city, and the supply was restored this morning. The water level in the Godavari river increased, and many vehicles were trapped in the waterlogged areas of Ramkund and Goda Ghat. Meanwhile, at least six districts of Marathwada in Maharashtra witnessed unseasonal rains, with Jalna recording the highest 132.25 mm rainfall, an official said on Monday, reported the PTI. According to the news agency, the unseasonal showers lashed 107 revenue circles in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, Jalna, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded and Beed on Sunday, the official said. The highest rainfall, 132.25 mm, was recorded in the Wagrul revenue circle of Badnapur tehsil in Jalna, he said. As per a preliminary report, one person died in a rain-related incident in Hingoli, while 32 livestock were also killed in the rains, the official said, as per the PTI. As many as 32 circles in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar, 27 in Jalna, 23 in Parbhani, 12 each in Nanded and Hingoli and one circle in Beed recorded rainfall above 65 mm from Sunday evening ending 8 am on Monday, the official said. (with PTI inputs)

27 November,2023 07:23 PM IST | Nashik | mid-day online correspondent
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IMD predicts heavy rainfall, possible hailstorms in Madhya Maharashtra

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday afternoon issued a heavy rainfall alert for Madhya Maharashtra with possible hailstorms, according to the ANI. The Met Department also urged the public to take necessary precautions and to stay safe in a post on 'X' formerly Twitter. 🌩️मौसम अपडेट!आज मध्य महाराष्ट्र में भारी बारिश के साथ ही ओलावृष्टि होने की संभावना है। आमजन से आग्रह है कि वर्षा के इस मौसम में मौसम संबंधित सावधानियां बरतें एवं सुरक्षित रहें! — India Meteorological Department (@Indiametdept) November 27, 2023 "Isolated heavy rainfall (64.5 to 115.6 mm) along with possible hailstorms are forecasted on November 27 in Madhya Maharashtra. Take necessary precautions and stay safe, everyone!," IMD said in a post on 'X' on Monday afternoon. According to the IMD, Marathwada witnessed heavy rains in the last 24 hours. Purna of Parbhani district received the maximum of nine cm of rainfall, followed by Manvat and Parbhani with eight cm, Jafrabad of Jalna district and Gangapur of Chandrapur district with seven cm each. Earlier, IMD had posted, "Madhya Maharashtra has been hit by a heavy downpour. Taloda in Nandurbar district received the highest amount of 15cm, followed by Jamner in Jalgaon district at nine cm, Yaval in Jalgaon district at eight cm, Nandurbar district, and Shahada in Nandurbar district at seven cm each," according to the ANI. Meanwhile, the IMD also updated the rainfall in the western Madhya Pradesh. "West Madhya Pradesh Rainfall Update: Rama in Jhabua district, Nivali and Sendhwa in Barwani district were hit by heavy rain and recorded 11 cm each. Pansemal followed with ten cm, and Ranapur with nine cm," the Met office posted in X. Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal remained cloudy during the afternoon hours and also received moderate rainfall. The regional met office predicted on Monday morning that light to moderate and heavy rainfall at some places is likely to occur across the state. "Western Disturbance was active from Sunday and a cycle circulation was also formed from the centre part of Northern Madhya Pradesh. Besides, a trough line was formed and moisture was also arriving from the Arabian Sea, due to which most part of the state and Western Madhya Pradesh recorded rainfall. Heavy rainfall was also recorded at many places in the state," said Ashfaq Hussain, Meteorologist, IMD Bhopal, as per the ANI (with ANI inputs)

27 November,2023 04:39 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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