Rain Roundup: Downpour Wreaks Havoc Across India, Flood Situation In These States

5 Aug, 2019 10:55 IST|Sakshi
Heavy rain disrupted normal life in several parts of the country

New Delhi: Heavy rain disrupted normal life in several parts of the country on Sunday leading to flood-like situation in some states. In Mumbai, heavy downpour crippled normal life throwing train services off the tracks, and water logging was reported from several parts of the city. With IMD forecasting heavy rain for Monday, schools and colleges in several districts of Maharashtra have been closed.

Here are the latest updates from different states:

Maharashtra

At least six persons were killed in Mumbai and Satara as rains continued to clobber large stretches of Maharashtra, especially the coastal Konkan region, hitting train services badly.

Heavy rains in Mumbai and adjoining regions crippled normal life for the second consecutive day, throwing train services off the tracks, disrupting air traffic and causing power outages in neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts.

At least four persons died in rain-related incidents in Mumbai, Pune and Palghar districts, while a man is missing after he fell into a swollen nullah in Dharavi in central Mumbai in afternoon.

At least 400 people from a residential area near the Mithi river were evacuated on Sunday after its water level crossed the danger mark following heavy rains, officials said.

Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi 17 choppers were pressed into service for rescue operations at two places in the state.

In the first operation, at least 58 people, including 16 children, stranded at Ju-Nandkhuri village in Khadavli area in Thane district were rescued from their water-logged homes.

However, another Mi 17 chopper had to abort the operation to recue 15 people stranded in Buranda village in Palghar due to heavy rains and poor visibility, an IAF official said.

Rains also lashed Raigad and Ratnagiri districts, where water-logging was witnessed in various localities as rivers were in full spate.

Authorities have ordered all schools and colleges to be closed in Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nashik on Monday.

Alert in PunePune received heavy rains on Sunday with district authorities issuing an advisory asking people to be alert as the situation could turn critical, and ordering schools and colleges to be shut on Monday.

The India Meteorological Department late Sunday evening predicted "moderate to heavy rains" in isolated parts of Pune city for the next five days and "heavy to very heavy rains" for the district's ghat regions.

Low-lying areas in the district were on alert after water was released into the Mutha river on Sunday following incessant rains in the catchment areas of dams supplying water to the city.

Flood-like situation in NashikHeavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into the Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra's Nashik district on Sunday.

Collector Suraj Mandhare declared a holiday for schools and colleges in the district on Monday, officials said.

More than 20,000 cusecs (cubic foot per second) of water was released from the Gangapur dam on Sunday morning, which led to the Godavari river flowing above the danger mark, an official at the district collectorate said.

This also caused water-logging around some temples located on the banks of the river, he said, adding that the water reached up to the neck of the Dutondya Maruti, a statue of Lord Hanuman on the river bed, and was just a few feet below the Ram Setu bridge.

Gujarat

In Gujarat, heavy rain continued to lash Vadodara though the situation had eased considerably as the water level in Vishwamitri river was receding, said district authorities.

Vadodara district collector Shalini Agarwal said a post-flood cleanliness drive had begun, under which officials of the civic health department were working to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases.

Andhra Pradesh

The continuing heavy flood in Godavari river affected over 74,000 people in parts of East and West Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh with nearly 18,000 of them being shifted to relief camps, officials said.

A second warning signal was issued at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram as water flow in the river, which has been in spate since last week following heavy monsoon rains, crossed the 13 lakh cusecs mark on Sunday morning and almost the entire quantum was being let out into the Bay of Bengal.

However, there were no casualties reported and teams of the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force reached out to the affected areas with essential supplies and food.

Assam

Flood in Assam claimed one more life on Sunday, pushing the toll to 90, even as the overall situation improved considerably.

Nearly 88,000 people remain affected by the deluge in 10 of the 33 districts of the state, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).

Till Saturday, around 1.22 lakh people were affected in the 10 flood-battered districts.

The fresh casualty was reported from Gogamukh in Dhemaji district, the ASDMA said.

Barpeta is the worst-hit district with 46,000 people being affected, it said.

Karnataka

On the other side, hundreds of villages in north Karnataka were inundated following release of over 2 lakh cusecs of water from Koyna dam in neighbouring Maharashtra and torrential rainfall in the region prompting the administration to rope in the Army for relief works.

So far, no loss of life has been reported, official sources said adding the administration was on alert.

At least, five districts -- Belagavi, Bagalkot, Raichur, Vijayapuram and Yadgir -- have been badly affected by the swollen Krishna river, Malaprabha, Markandeya river and a few other rivulets.

Rajasthan

Parts of Rajasthan recorded light to moderate rains.

During the last two days, Banswara's Bagidora recorded 13 cm rainfall, followed by Jhalawar's Dug (10 cm) and Bakani (8 cm), Bharatpur's Veir and Jhalawar's Asnawar (7 cm each), Bhilwara's Jagpura, Banswara's Ghatol and Jaipur's Chomu (6 cm each).

Hot and humid conditions persisted in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir with day temperature in most parts of the state settling several degrees above season's average.

More downpour in Odisha for next four days

Downpour is likely to lash several parts of Odisha for next four days while the situation in rain-battered Malkangiri district eased on Sunday with water receding from submerged areas.

Rainfall of moderate intensity is likely to occur till August 8, while several areas are expected to be lashed by heavy downpour from August 6 to 8, the Meteorological Centre here said in a bulletin.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to lash some places in Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Gajapati and Ganjam districts on August 6 and 7, it said.

Flood situation improves in Bihar

The flood situation in Bihar showed signs of improvement on Sunday as the water level in four rivers receded and no fresh casualty was reported from any of the 13 deluge-hit districts, officials said.

Death toll in the floods remained unchanged at 130 for the fifth consecutive day.

People started returning to their homes as flood waters receded in some areas, officials said.

According to Water Resources Department, three rivers - Baghmati, Burhi Gandak and Khiroi - are flowing above danger level at five places in Bihar.

Delhi

In Delhi, the sky remained overcast throughout the day with the minimum temperature settling at 27.2 degrees Celsius, normal for the season.

The national capital recorded a high of 35.8 degrees Celsius, two degree above the normal, while the skies remained generally cloudy during the day, according to the Meteorological (MeT) department.

It said the city received 0.6 mm rainfall.

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