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Severe Weather Impacts Maharashtra, Odisha, and Delhi; IMD Issues Alerts

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Heavy rainfall continues to wreak havoc across multiple regions of India, notably affecting Maharashtra the most. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for four districts—Raigad, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, and Satara—forecasting extremely heavy rainfall in isolated areas over the next 48 hours. Chief Minister Eknath Shinde reported the evacuation of over 3,500 individuals from flood-prone and vulnerable areas, with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams deployed and additional personnel on standby.

In Odisha, the IMD has predicted heavy rain for the next four days, issuing an orange warning for four districts in the southern part of the state.

Delhi, on the other hand, anticipates light rainfall today as per the weather bureau.

In Mumbai, Thane, and Palghar districts, the IMD has issued a yellow alert due to persistent heavy rainfall. Sindhudurg district was placed under a red alert on June 23, forecasting very heavy rain, while Raigad district remains under an orange alert. Mumbai has already recorded 70-90 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours.

In response to allegations of irregularities in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) results, the CET cell has announced plans to review the answer key and candidate responses, with updates scheduled to be posted on the official website starting June 27.

Elsewhere, following a ministerial delegation visit, OBC activists Laxman Hake and Navnath Waghmare concluded their hunger strike in Jalna today. Maharashtra Cabinet minister and OBC leader Chhagan Bhujbal, alongside the delegation, successfully persuaded the activists. The hunger strike, which began on June 13, aimed at securing recognition of Kunbis as Marathas for reservation benefits in government jobs and education.

In Mumbai, three individuals sustained injuries in a landslide during heavy rains, resulting in water-logging and traffic disruptions. The Maharashtra government has instructed officials to remain vigilant and implement preventive measures to mitigate further casualties due to ongoing heavy rainfall, aligning with IMD alerts across various parts of the state.

During recent meetings with officials, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde stressed the importance of coordination between railway authorities and the BMC to effectively manage water-logging and disruptions in suburban train services.

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