The rise in freak weather events
India, July 24 -- Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in Maharas-htra's Satara district in the Western Ghats, on Friday, recorded the highest ever rainfall in its history: 60cm in the previous 24 hours. More than 35 people have died in rain-induced landslides in the state's coastal Raigad district. Mumbai continues to be battered by heavy rainfall and has been placed under orange alert ("heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places"). Other parts of the western coast, including cities and towns in Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa, have also recorded exceptional rainfall and flooding in the last 24 hours. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) classifies rainfall as "extremely heavy" if an area records 20 cm or more in 24 hours. An offshore tro...
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