13 NDRF teams fanned across Maharashtra due to rain floods
Geetanjali Minhas | July 14, 2022 | Mumbai
A ‘red alert’ has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) for six districts – Satara, Palghar, Raigad, Nashik, Pune and Nanded – of Maharashtra, while Mumbai, Thane, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur and Latur are under ‘orange alert’ as heavy downpour continued in many parts of the state.
The Regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, has predicted enhanced rainfall activity to continue over Konkan and adjoining Madhya Maharashtra ghat areas till Thursday with gradual reduction thereafter. The IMD also said that enhanced rainfall activity is likely to continue over Konkan region including Mumbai and adjoining Madhya Maharashtra ghat areas until Thursday.
Incessant showers lashed Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Wednesday morning leading to flooding in many low-lying areas and traffic snarls on roads.
The IMD Wednesday issued the alert. There is a moderate risk over few watersheds and neighbourhoods of Saurashtra and Kutch, Konkan and Goa and coastal Karnataka MET subdivisions till 11.30 hours of Thursday. Surface runoff inundation may occur at some fully saturated soils and low lying areas over AoC.
As per the Situation Report provided by MahaPECOnet, a state-level coordination platform for Unified Emergency Response and Recovery supported by Unicef Maharashtra, intense to very intense spells of rain are likely to occur at isolated places in Mumbai till 4.00 pm on Thursday. An advisory has also been issued by Mumbai Police to citizens amid heavy rainfall predictions requesting Mumbaikars to travel cautiously and #Dial100 or tweet to them for any further help or guidance. Following consistent and heavy showers in the first 12 days of July, Mumbai city received 885mm rainfall till Tuesday; more than the 855mm average for the entire month.
Till 8.30 pm on Wednesday, Colaba recorded 24.0 mm while Santacruz had recorded 44.6 mm rainfall in last 14 hours while total rainfall recorded since June 1 at Colaba was 1083.6 mm and Santacruz was 1222.4mm.
The water level at the Andheri subway increased from 1.5 to 2 feet. Police had restricted its use by citizens and diverted the traffic to SV road. Major traffic jam was observed on the Western Expressway. On the Western Expressway from Borivali to Bandra and Andheri to Borivali there was a major traffic jam between Goregaon, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Vile Parle, and Santacruz. Traffic was slow at Paresh Park Market in Vikhroli, a bus depot near Santacruz railway station, Dadar TT, Wadala Shakkar Panchayat, near the Fatima High School in Ghatkopar, Sonapur Junction and Khar railway junction due to water accumulation. Flooding was reported at the Kamani junction in Kurla and in the Deonar eastern suburb, there was water-logging up to 0.5 feet at Neelam Junction. Inundation was similar on the Mankhurd railway bridge and traffic was moving slow. At the Bandra-Worli Sea Link gate, about one feet water got accumulated due to which traffic movement was slow in Worli. Roads in the low-lying areas of APMC Market and MIDC in Navi Mumbai were flooded. Water was pumped out in the low lying areas of Hindmata.
The suburban services on the Harbour Line were running slow as per railway officials. BEST buses were diverted on five routes. At Sion road no. 24 -341, 411, 22, 25, 312 was diverted via Sion Road No. 3. Ten BEST buses broke down across Mumbai.
Central Railway trains were running 15-20 minutes late. As many as 85 trees had fallen and 7 walls collapsed in the preceding 24 hours. No casualties were recorded.
A few structures including one along the hill slopes in Ambika Nagar in Wagle estate area were declared dangerous after the soil underneath sank while a part of a residential structure collapsed in Rabodi. Due to continuous rains, knee-deep water has accumulated in Vandana ST bus depot in Thane. There was heavy traffic jam due to landslide on Mumbai to Gujarat lane of Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway near Khaniwade toll naka in Palghar. A mango grove on Hamrapur-Galtare road in Wada taluka was flooded. An incident of the landslide was reported in Valiv area of Vasai east of Palghar district on Wednesday morning.
A portion of a hillock came crashing on an illegal chawl in Bhoidapada in Valiv of Vasai (east). Amit Singh (45) and his daughter Roshni (16) died and his wife Vandana (40) and son Om (12) got injured and have been admitted to the hospital. The locals along with the fire brigade and a team of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) were undertaking rescue work.
On Wednesday, rainfall remained widespread over coastal belt of Konkan and ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy at isolated places. Marathwada too received widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places Tuesday.
Chief minister Eknath Shinde has directed district officials to keep emergency services on alert. 13 NDRF teams have been stationed across the state including two teams each in Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur and Mumbai and one each in Palghar, Sindhudurg and Satara. Four State Disaster Relief Force teams have been stationed at Nanded and Nashik including two teams in Gadchiroli.
The chief minister has given instructions to Gadchiroli administration to provide better facilities to the people. A competent pump was installed by Thane Municipal Corporation at Vandana ST bus depot for draining of water. The administrations in Thane and Palghar districts of Maharashtra have alerted villages near river banks, warning them of a possible overflow of dams as catchment areas have received good rainfall over the last few days.
All the citizens of Safale Gram Panchayat in Palghar taluka have been warned to be vigilant by the district administration. All educational institutions in Palghar will remain shut on Thursday. To alert citizens about the water level of Jagbudi river in Khed Municipal area from 5 pm to 9:30 pm, a message was issued through the time-bound public announcement system by the chief officer, Nagar Parishad Khed, Tehsildar Khed.
The Pune district water resources department has issued an alert saying that more water will be discharged into Mutha river if the rain continues and has asked residents along the river to be on alert. The administration has banned tourism in Lonavala after 5 pm and imposed Section 144 in all tourists places. Entry within a radius of one km to all the tourist spots has been prohibited from July 14 to July 17. Pune district administration has appealed to the citizens long the river near Khadakwasla Dam to be vigilant.
Pune district has been witnessing continuous rain in the last week and IMD has predicted more rainfall this week. The heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Panshet, Varasgaon, Temghar and Khadakwasla dams has led to a large amount of inflow and increased water storage. In the last 24 hours, Panshet received 93 mm rainfall, Varasgaon 88 mm, Temghar 160 mm and Khadakwasla dam 38 mm.
INCOIS has warned of high waves in the range of 3.5 - 4.9 metres between 17:30 hours on 12- 07-2022 to 23:30 hours of 14-07-2022 along the coast from Malvan to Vasai off Maharashtra coast. Fishermen are advised not to venture along and off North Maharashtra and South Maharashtra-Goa coast. Occasional strong winds reaching 45 to 55 kmph very likely.
Villages along the Tapi river have been alerted by the Jalgaon administration. Aurangabad district administration has issued alert to 35 villages on the banks of the Godavari river and vigilance alert to villages in Vaijapur and Gangapur talukas has also been sounded. Assistant collector and sub-divisional officer, Kirti Kumar Pujar informed that 200 families from the area have been relocated to safer places and food packets and other arrangements are being made by the administration.
In Osmanabad, district officials have asked residents of villages along the Manjara, Terna and Tawarja rivers to remain on alert as heavy rains are expected in the region. The Gadchiroli administration has evacuated 12 villages on the banks of Godavari and Pranhita rivers in Sironha taluka and orders were issued to evacuate them to a safer place. 2064 citizens of the village in the taluka were evacuated. All schools, colleges and private establishments/offices will remain closed in Gadchiroli district till July 16. All essential services will continue.
The Nagpur administration is tracing the missing persons with the help from NDRF. Rs 4 lakh will be provided to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives. People in villages and those along river in Dhapewada area also have been alerted. Villages near the Gosekhurd dam also have been asked to remain alert as the level of backwater is expected to rise. The administration is closely monitoring the rain situation. People have been advised against venturing out unnecessarily and avoid crossing flooded bridges and causeways. The administration has provided helpline numbers 0712-2562668 and 1077 for flood affected people to seek assistance.
In Ratnagiri, in the western part of Khed taluka, rivers are overflowing; roads and nallas in some areas have also been closed for traffic. As water started flowing from Ashat Vetale village to Saburdi Washere, traffic in the western part was closed and citizens instructed to not try to cross the Vetale bridge at risk. Paddy cultivation in Guhagar was inundated by floodwaters. The road leading to Dhangarwadi in Astan in Khed was closed. The road leading to Dhangarwadi also was closed due to landslides. The NDRF team rescued 5 animals trapped in Jagbudi river flood.
In Pune there was a landslide near the old Katraj tunnel. Rocks were on the road and a team of NMC has been dispatched. The road at Ghusalkhamb in Tung-Lonavala was blocked causing traffic jam and some parts of the road were washed away around noon. The return route of tourists, farmers, school children and workers were blocked. The Indrayani river has been flooded in Maval. 23 flood-prone places in the city were alerted.
In Nashik, floodwaters from the Godavari affected crops of the village in Godakat area of Niphad taluka near the Nandur Madhameshwar dam. Warnings were given to the riverside villages near Ojharkhed dam.
In Aurangabad, inundation caused by heavy rains affected crops on over 14,000 hectares of land in Vasmat tehsil of Aurangabad district. Over 160 animals drowned in floods caused by heavy rains as per the primary assessment report. The Sarla Island area was flooded and the Guru Purnima festival was canceled.
In Nanded, the Panganga river flooded the Kinwat area. The Nanded-Kinwat road was closed due to flood waters since Wednesday morning. A man trapped in the water at the bridge on the road leading to Shivne cemetery and Nanded city was rescued by firefighters.
In Parbhani, due to flooding of Landi river at Palam, the villages of Fala, Arkhed, Ghoda, Someshwar, Sayal, Umarthadi, Puyani, Adgaon, Vanbhujwadi, Teljapur in the taluka were cut off.
In Yavatmal, flood water infiltrated into Ghonsa village due to torrential rains. The village temple and many houses were flooded and villagers had to be evacuated.
In Gondia, the nallah on Savartola-Pimpalgaon road in Morgaon Arjuni taluka was flooded since midnight on Tuesday and the nallah was overflowing. As a result, the Pimpalgaon route to Savartola and Bortola was been closed.
In Bhandara, the Tumsar cemetery submerged in flood waters with 4 feet of water. Due to overflow of Gondekhari Nala in Tumsar taluka in Bhandara district flood water infiltrated in 25 houses. 15 people got stuck at the Narasamha temple. One personnel from the SDRF was dispatched with necessary equipment for rescue operation.
In Chandrapur, a team from Virur police station rescued 35 passengers from a bus stranded in flood waters at Chincholi Nala. At around 5.30 am, the bus got stuck in the flood waters. Later a team from Virur police station led by assistant inspector of police Rahul Chavan launched a rescue operation in the dark. Five doors of Purna Madhyam project in Chandurbazar taluka of Amravati district opened by 10 cm. Warnings were given to the people residing in the villages alongside Purna river. Rajura highway in the district closed. MP Balu Dhanorkar visited the flood-hit areas and directed the administration to help immediately. Around 50 houses in Rahmat Nagar of Chandrapur city were been flooded. About 60 civilians had been evacuated by late evening on Wednesday and the operations were on.
The Gadchiroli Alapally-Bhamragad National highway from Parlakota was been closed again due to floods. As a result, Bhamragad taluka has lost contact.
At Wardha, flood water started flowing from the high bridge of Wardha river. Traffic jams caused queues of vehicles on both sides. Thousands of hectares of crops were damaged due to incessant rains. The forest dam of the forest department near Pawanur village bursted. Around 35 houses in Pavanur, 6 in Khanapur and 8 houses in Kamathi were flooded. Residents from these houses were evacuated and shifted to a temple in Pavanur. Tehsildar and police officials arrived at the spot. The Hinganghat Yenora route too was closed. The Samudrapur-Wardha route had been closed for vehicular movement.
In Salai Pewath of Selu taluka, one Santosh Uttam Aade was swept away in the flood waters from his farm.
In Nagpur on Wednesday, the Ambazari lake started overflowing early in the morning when its water level crossed the overflow point of 31m. Similarly, the Godbole Gates at Gorewada lake opened automatically early in the morning after the water level reached 316.65m, which led to Pili river flowing in spate.
The gates of Navegaonkhairi, Nandh and Vena dams have been opened to release water and as a result villages in Saoner, Parseoni, Ramtek, Umred and Bhivapur tehsils may face floods, collector R Vimla said in an official release. Residents woke up to flooded streets in low-lying areas of Nagpur after heavy rainfall lashed the city overnight. Heavy downpour also led to overflowing of the Ambazari lake. Flooded roads disrupted the vehicular traffic.
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