27 Feb 2024

MP Weather: Gusty winds, heavy shower with hailstorm lash Bhopal; crops damaged in many parts of state; weather will be like this in coming days

MP Weather: Bhopal experienced gusty winds at speeds ranging from 65 to 70 kilometers per hour, accompanied by heavy rain on Tuesday evening. This weather phenomenon resulted in power outages in several localities across the state capital.

The gusty winds, reaching considerable speeds, started on Tuesday afternoon followed by spell of rain. The sudden change in weather patterns caught many residents off guard, as Bhopal had been experiencing relatively stable and dry conditions in recent days.

Showers to continue in many areas

The meteorological department predicts that the city, along with various regions including Bhopal (Bairagarh airport), Sehore, Shajapur, Vidisha (Udayagiri), Raisen (Sanchi), Bhimbetka, Khargone (Maheshwar), Jabalpur (Bhedaghat), Sidhi (Sanjay Dubri National Park), Shahdol (Bansagar Dam), Anuppur (Amarkantak), and Umaria (Bandhavgarh), will continue to experience hailstorms with lightning and strong winds at speeds ranging from 70 to 90 km/h.

Moderate thunderstorms, featuring lightning and winds at speeds between 50 and 70 km/h, are anticipated in Sagar, Damoh, Mandla, Chhindwara (Pench), Dindori, Singrauli, and Badwani (Bawangaja). Additionally, light thunderstorms with lightning are expected in Betul, South Rajgarh, Agar, Dewas, Ujjain (Mahakaleshwar), Indore Airport, Harda, Khandwa (Omkareshwar), Guna, Ashoknagar, Shivpuri, Balaghat, Katni, North Chhatarpur, Khajuraho, North Satna (Chitrakoot), Mauganj, Seoni, and Maihar.


Scindia’s flight diverted 

The flight carrying Jyotiraditya Scindia was unable to land in Bhopal due to the unfavorable weather conditions. Scindia's flight departed from Delhi at 3 pm and had to return due to the weather conditions. The scheduled arrival in Bhopal was at 4:10 pm.

Damage to crops

Notably, the recent weather changes have resulted in significant damage to crops in Madhya Pradesh. Strong winds, hail, and rain on Monday night flattened wheat, chickpea, and mustard crops in fields across various districts, including Narmadapuram, Khandwa, Chhindwara, Tikamgarh, Betul, Chhatarpur, and Niwadi. Some districts witnessed submerged harvested crops, raising concerns about grain spoilage.

Chhindwara experienced 4 cm of rain overnight, while Pachmarhi and Shivpuri also saw rainfall. Hail in Khajuraho damaged crops, prompting administrative surveys in Betul.

Similar weather conditions are expected to persist until February 29 in the state, with alerts issued for hail and rain in 34 districts over the next 24 hours.


Lightning and hail also struck Narmadapuram

Lightning and hail also struck Narmadapuram district. Showers were reported in 15 districts, including Jabalpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Harda, Narsinghpur, and Bhopal.

A weather system, coupled with the hailstorms and rains is active in Madhya Pradesh due to which Chhindwara witnessed torrential rainfall accompanied by strong winds and hail on Monday.

Lightning and hail also struck Narmadapuram district. Showers were reported in 15 districts, including Jabalpur, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Harda, Narsinghpur, and Bhopal.

Survey to assess crop damage: CM

Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav has instructed the district collectors to immediately start the survey of crop damage caused by hailstorm and excessive rain. Dr. Yadav said that the survey of all the farmers who have been affected by hailstorm and excessive rain should be done with seriousness and sensitivity and appropriate relief amount should be made available to the farmers immediately. All ministers, MPs and MLAs should monitor the survey. CM Dr. Yadav gave these instructions in the discussion held after the cabinet meeting.

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