Heavy monsoon rains are continuing in central India, raising the prospects of floods in more areas while the intensity of the rains was reducing in flood-hit Gujarat, officials said here Tuesday.
In Madhya Pradesh, so far around 10 districts have been included in the areas affected by floods while many people are feared killed in flash floods, official sources said.
In Gujarat, flood waters have started receding and life is slowly getting back to normal.
"In the next 24 hours, Madhya Pradesh and other parts of central India are expected to get more heavy rains before the monsoon currents move northwest to bring good rains to Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh region," S.C. Bhan, director at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) told.
Western Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Chhattisgarh are also expected to receive good rainfall.
"The monsoon depression is still over Madhya Pradesh resulting in heavy downpour in some of the areas like Jabalpur which has received 17 cm rainfall in the last 24 hours," he said.
Some of the other areas in Madhya Pradesh to have received plentiful rains over last 24 hours include hilly areas of Pachmarhi with a total of 13 cm, Bhopal 8.6 cm, Hoshangabad 1.2 cm and Guna 6.2 cm.
Further northwest Chandigarh received 13 cm rainfall, Ambala (Haryana) 10 cm and Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) eight cm.
The monsoon has covered the entire country bringing light to heavy rainfall in different parts. Marathwada region in Maharashtra is seeing an end to the dry spell with light rains.
The summer monsoon, which accounts for 80 percent of rainfall in the country, had covered all the regions by June 30, a fortnight before schedule.
Overall the monsoon rainfall situation in the country has improved since June 22 when the deficit since June 1, the normal onset of the southwest monsoon, was about 49 percent. By July 1, the overall deficit had come down to 15 percent.
Though early, weather experts are hopeful that July will keep the promise of being the wettest month of the year making up for the deficiency of 15 percent in the first month of the four-month long summer monsoon from June-Sept.
The pick up in monsoon rains over the past week has helped in agriculture sowing activity in the country with large parts still dependent on monsoon for irrigation.
The flood situation in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh is, however, expected to damage the areas already sown. The farmers in these areas will have to undertake fresh sowing once the waters recede.
Monsoon showers are being witnessed along the entire west coast from Thiruvananthapuram to Mumbai. Other regions like West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and east Rajasthan are also witnessing some pickup in monsoon activity.
The northwest region is expected to get more heavy rainfall in the next couple of days.
"Marathwada, parts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are among regions that have received comparatively scanty rains, but overall the monsoon spread is quite good so far this year," the official said.
The IMD is will be making the long-range forecast Wednesday for the remaining part of July and prospects for the remaining period till September.