Heavy hailstorm claims 11 lives so far in Bihar and Jharkhand, winter to end on a surplus note for East India

February 27, 2020 11:37 AM |

hailstorm in Bihar

In the last two to three days, East Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand have witnessed light to moderate rain with hailstorm activities. Sub Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and Odisha too have observed significant weather activities, wherein moderate to heavy showers were recorded in some parts.

In fact, heavy hailstorm in parts of Bihar and in pockets of Jharkhand have taken the lives of 11 people so far. These casualties were mainly reported from Bihar, wherein 3 people lost their lives in Munger while 2 casualties (each) have been reported from Gopalganj and Jamui. Meanwhile, Bhagalpur, Sarhanpur and Aurangabad reported 1 casualty each. Major crops of these districts were damaged as a result of intense weather activities.

According to Skymet Weather, the Confluence Zone which was responsible for triggering these rains has now faded away. Moreover, the Cyclonic Circulation has started moving towards Bangladesh and Northeast India. As a result, rains will subside and the weather may clear up gradually.

Further, meteorologists do not expect any significant weather activity in the eastern parts of the country for at least a week.

The day temperature which has already increased during the last 24 hours, is expected to observe a further rise of 2-3 degrees Celsius leading to warm and sunny weather.

Considering good amounts of rainfall in the months of January and February (so far), it seems, this Winter season is going to end on a surplus note for East India. From January 1 to February 26, Bihar is standing rain surplus at 77%, Jharkhand 57%, East Uttar Pradesh 56%, Gangetic West Bengal 13% and Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim 5% each.

These surplus rainfall figures can be attributed to successive Western Disturbances that had induced Cyclonic Circulations that kept moving towards East India. Moreover, the Confluence Zone continuously kept forming over the eastern states leading to back to back rounds of rainfall. In fact, throughout January and February (so far), the weather has not gone dry for a longer duration as rains kept visiting the eastern states one after the other.

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