Monsoon active in state, intermittent showers lash city

Bhopal: After a long break, the rainy season continues in Madhya Pradesh. It has been raining in Bhopal since Thursday morning and it rained intermittently even at night and on Friday.

On Friday, rainfall occurred in 16 districts of the state including Indore and Jabalpur. Two gates of Ban Sujara Dam built on Dhasan River in Tikamgarh had to be opened by half a metre. It is expected that the weather will remain the same on Saturday as well. The Meteorological Department has issued an alert of heavy rain in Khargone, Barwani and Alirajpur.

Senior meteorologist Vedprakash Singh said that two monsoon systems are currently active in the state. There is a possibility of rain and thundershowers in many districts in the next 24 hours. Another system will be active from the Bay of Bengal around September 10 to 12. Due to this, light to moderate rain will continue in the entire state. Rains are expected in the state from September 18 to 20.

Water bodies not filled to brim

However, due to the sluggish monsoon in the month of August, the dams and lakes of Madhya Pradesh could not be filled to the brim. Except for the big dams like Bargi, Indira Sagar, Tawa and Tillar, other dams and water bodies have not filled up to full tank level.

Similar is the condition of the water bodies of the capital Bhopal. Whether it is city’s Life Line Upper Lake or Kolar, Kerwa-Kaliasot Dams, they are all still empty by 2.65 feet to 14 feet. Upper lake is 2.65 feet less than full tank level (FTL). There could be shortage of water for irrigation and drinking purpose. However, BMC officials claim that there is enough water for drinking water supply in the city’s water sources and there will be no problem regarding the supply.

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