Rain batters Maharashtra, Mumbai on yellow alert today

69% excess rainfall in Marathwada;36% excess in Vidarbha


Geetanjali Minhas | July 15, 2022 | Mumbai

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An orange alert is issued in Palghar, Pune and Satara, while a yellow alert is issued for Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Nashik, Kolhapur, Akola, Amravati, Bhandara, Buldhana, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Gondia, Nagpur, Wardha, Washim, and Yavatmal for Friday.

As per IMD, central Maharashtra has reported 29% excess rainfall till July 14. The actual rainfall reported in the region is 325.1 mm against the normal rainfall of 251.2 mm. Konkan and Goa have reported 27% excess rainfall till July 14. Actual rainfall reported in the region is 1,439.4 mm against the normal rainfall of 1131.2 mm. Drought-prone Marathwada has reported 69% excess rainfall till July 14. Actual rainfall reported in the region is 341.7 mm against the normal rainfall of 202.6 mm. Vidarbha has reported 36 % excess rainfall till July 14. Actual rainfall reported in the region is 405.4 mm against the normal rainfall of 299 mm. the IMD has said that rainfall activity will reduce in the next two weeks of July.

On the other hand, Mumbai, since the onset of monsoon, has already received 1,288 mm, 55% of the city’s average monsoon. Since July 1, it has received continuous rainfall and recorded 994 mm (116%) of the city’s average rainfall till evening on Thursday. Mumbai is on yellow alert for today with heavy rain at isolated places. Occasional strong winds reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 60 kmph are also very likely.

Till 8.30 pm Thursday, Colaba recorded 62.6mm rainfall, Santacruz received 95.2mm. Total rainfall in Colaba since June 1 is 1,146.2mm and Santacruz recorded 1,317.6 mm rain. Total annual average rainfall in the state so far is 1,007.3mm.

Among the seven lakes that supply water to Mumbai, the Tansa started overflowing on Thursday evening. On July 13 the Modak Sagar reservoir had started overflowing.

BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal on Thursday asked officials to stay prepared to tackle emergency situations and undertake rescue operations. He held a meeting of the disaster management department of the BMC and said that officials should appeal to the residents of dilapidated structures in the city categorized as 'C1 buildings', to vacate the premises. Temporary shelters should be provided till September-end for people living in such buildings, he said.

Chahal also said buses of BEST and MSRTC should be arranged if local train services get hit by the monsoon. “The department should be ready to run 400 BEST buses and 11 MSRTC buses to ferry stranded train commuters,” he said. He also ordered that potholes on roads should be filled up within 48 hours of receiving complaints.

BMC has cautioned people to avoid wading in stagnant water. “If exposed, take prophylactic treatment (such as doxycycline/azithromycin) as per medical advice," said an advisory. The civic body has already warned 42 riverside villages of Palghar and Thane districts. Villages settled on the banks of the Tansa river in Palghar have been alerted.

Across the state 14 NDRF teams across the state have been stationed by the Maharashtra government including two teams each in Mumbai at Ghatkopar and Kanjurmarg, Raigad (Mahad), Thane, Ratnagiri (Chiplun) and Kolhapur. One each is stationed in Palghar, Satara, Sindhudurg and Gadchiroli. Sic SDRF teams are also been stationed one each in Nanded, Nashik, Bhandara and Nagpur and two teams in Gadchiroli.

Chief minister Eknath Shinde said full attention is being paid to the state of emergency created due to rains and liaison and coordination is being maintained with all the district collectors. He directed the chief secretary to maintain continuous coordination in case of emergency, rescue and relief operations. All the systems in the state are alert and ready. Efforts are being made to prevent any mishap.

Instructions have been given to provide all the necessary facilities including food to the migrants and to inform the citizens about the water released from the dams and the timing of it.

State situation
As per the last situation update by MahaPECOnet at 8.30 pm on Thursday, many areas in Maharashtra were among the country’s wettest areas with Shirgaon recording 312 mm of rainfall, Vaitarna dam 252 mm, Tamhini 235 mm, Lonavala 218 mm, Mahabaleshwar 150 mm, Koyna 142 mm, Matheran 130 mm, and Mumbai – Santacruz and Dahanu (70mm each) – during the past 24-hours.

Districts in central Maharashtra and Konkan will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall (65 to 115.6mm in 24 hours) during the next four days. The Met department has advised people against venturing outdoors, especially to low-lying areas, river banks and ghat areas of Pune, Satara, Nashik, and Kolhapur.

Some parts of Pune city recorded 70 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours, the season’s highest so far as per IMD data on Thursday morning. Pune district will be under an ‘orange’ alert on Friday even as heavy rain battered Maharashtra for the fourth straight day, leaving hill stations and plains flooded alike.

In Mumbai and suburbs water inundations were reported at many parts of the city. One feet of water was reported at Antop Hill. Due to bad roads, vehicular movement was slow at Mankhurd railway station in the morning. BEST was providing up to date information to citizens regarding bus route diversions and maintenance via their twitter handle : https://twitter.com/myBESTBus/ Mumbai Traffic Police was also providing information regarding water logging and road closures via their twitter handle: https://twitter.com/MTPHereToHelp. Central Railways too were informing train running schedule using their twitter account: https://twitter.com/Central_Railway.

In Thane at Mumbra, a 50-year-old woman was injured when a part of the wall of her house collapsed after heavy showers on Thursday morning. Local firemen and RDMC personnel rushed to the spot for rescue work. A tree fell on the highway near Savarne village in Malshej Ghat on the Nagar-Kalyan highway causing long queues of vehicles on the highway. Police rushed to the spot to carry out the work for removing the tree. Traffic on Kalyan-Ahmednagar highway connecting Thane and Ahmednagar districts came to a standstill after water of Murbadi river started overflowing near Kishor village on this highway. Traffic came to be obstructed in Murbad taluka at Moroshi village due to soil erosion.

A major portion of an under-construction city park project under Smart City Mission on the banks of the Waldhuni river was submerged after heavy rainfall in Kalyan. The water level in Kalyan creek crossed the danger mark and entered over 200 houses close to the creek in Govindwadi area. The creek water also entered into several sheds located near the creek due to which around 3,000 buffaloes were shifted to Govidwadi flyover.

The Ulhas river crossed the danger level and low lying areas like Hendrepada, Rameshwadi and Barraj road in Badlapur were waterlogged. Due to flooding of Badlapur-Karjat state highway, Kulgaon Badlapur Municipal Corporation (KBMC) shifted citizens from riverine areas to safer places. More than 300 people were shifted to the BSUP housing project in Nadi Palyad. Students from riverside schools were evacuated; senior citizens were moved upstairs at an old-age home in Badlapur. A speed boat, a rubber boat, necessary equipment and firefighters have been deployed along the river bank in Badlapur to assess the situation.

In Palghar heavy rain continued to batter Wada taluka of Palghar district due to which water was released from the Modaksagar dam. A team of NDRF managed to safely rescue 10 workers from a barge stuck in the waters of the Vaitrana river with the help of boats. The workers were engaged in the construction work of the Mumbai Vadodara National Highway project.

The Tansa river was flooded in Vasai. The water flooded up to 1 km area around the river with several  houses getting flooded. Due to this villagers have to take a detour of 15 to 20 kms to reach the village till the water recedes.

At Ratanagiri in Kalkawane in Chiplun a hill collapsed behind the settlement in Nadwadi. The administration shifted villagers to a safer place. Landslide hit Anuskura ghat between Ratnagiri and Kolhapur disrupting traffic.  A landslide occurred on the railway track between Anjani-Chipalun of the Ratnagiri-Kokan railway line disrupting the railway line. Efforts were made to clear the debris.

In Pune, water on the Bhide bridge receded. As a precautionary measure the bridge has been closed for vehicular movement. A person who was swept away while crossing the bridge at Godre in Junnar taluka survived. He is identified as Eknath Baban Rengade and was rescued with the help of local citizens. He suffered minor injuries to his legs and arms. Eleven people were rescued by the fire department and locals as they were stranded after the wall of a dilapidated, abandoned building fell on three houses in Pune's Kondhwa area at around 8.30 am on Thursday. No casualties were reported. By the time the fire brigade reached the spot, local residents had rescued five people. Six people were rescued by the fire brigade.

In Bhor taluka, rains have caused severe damage to paddy cultivation. The crop and soil in the paddy field was washed away. Hundreds of hectares of paddy fields were damaged. The Meena river was flooded due to torrential rains in the Wadaj Dam catchment area under the Kukdi project. The population of Narayangaon, Khodad and other villages near the river basin has been warned of danger.

An incident of landslide occurred at Sinhagad. A part above Jagtap Machi collapsed and fell on a bend on the Ghat road. Sinhagad fort has been closed for tourists from today due to heavy rains.

In Kolhapur, the hillock part side of the iron staircase in the stone tower of Vishalgad in Kolhapur collapsed. Tourists are prohibited to enter the area.

At Nadurbar, many low-lying areas of the Nawapur city were flooded. Water level of many rivers including Rangavali increased. A house in Islampur was inundated with flood waters and roads in the colony were flooded.

At Nanded 80 villages in the district were disconnected due to heavy rains and floods. Water levels of Asana, Panganga and Godavari rivers had risen. As many as 200 families had been shifted to safer locations in the district on 13 July after the level of the Painganga river started rising owing to incessant rains. The water of the Painganga began to enter low-lying areas along its banks following heavy rains for the last four days. Road links to 26 villages in the district were cut off due to floods. The road between Nanded and Kinwat was flooded and got closed for traffic. Ten villages in Bhokar tehsil, two in Degloor, six in Ardhapur, three in Hadgaon and five in Nanded tehsil were cut off due to the floods.
At Hingoli nearly 300 families in a village were unable to cook their meals since last five days after flood destroyed their food grains and other belongings. Heavy rains near the Asana river led to flooding in Kurunda village under Vasmat taluka in Hingoli and nearby areas on Saturday and Sunday.

At Latur, traffic from Udgir to the district has been diverted via Shirur-Anantapal due to water flowing on the road near Chamarga-Pati near Nalegaon.

At Amravati, a ground-plus-one floor commercial building collapsed on Thursday. There was no report of any casualty. The 20-year-old building crashed at around 12.30 pm in the Gandhi Chowk area of the city. As per preliminary information there was a structural defect which led to the building's collapse. Four children in Gondia were missing in the flow of the drain and search was underway.

At Bhandara after 19 hours, 15 devotees were rescued from the Narasimha temple at Madgi in Mohadi taluka on the occasion of Guru Poornima.

At Chandrapur, the Erai river water entered many parts of city. Many houses in Rahmat Nagar, Rajnagar and Sahara Park were flooded and 15 to 20 people were taken to safer place. 22 truck drivers were rescued by a team of Chandrapur district police at around 2.30 am. They were stuck on Gadchandur-Dhanora highway due to rising water level of the Wardha river.

Many roads in Gadchiroli district were closed. Indravati River was overflowing in Somanpalli Somnur area of Maharashtra. Due to the flood situation in Gadchiroli district, schools and colleges will now remain closed till the 16th.



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