MUMBAI/AHMEDABAD/BHOPAL: Heavy rains continue to hit several parts of the country, claiming lives, damaging property and disrupting livelihoods. In Maharashtra, 89 people died while 68 others were injured and four people are missing due to torrential and continuous rains.
In Gujarat, 14 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in the past 24 hours as heavy downpours ravaged parts of southern Gujarat and parts of Kutch-Saurashtra. More than 31,000 people have been evacuated so far this rainy season in Gujarat, officials said on Wednesday.
Over the past 13 days, many parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai, have received very heavy rains, leaving 249 villages badly affected. A total of 7,796 people were evacuated from different parts of the state. No less than 1,368 houses were partially damaged while 44 are completely damaged.
The state government has opened 35 relief camps for displaced people. Maximum damage occurred in Gadchiroli, Palghar and Nagpur districts. Four landslides were reported, resulting in the death of four people.
In Madhya Pradesh, Betul and Harda districts were the hardest hit by heavy rains, with many rivers in flood. Six members of a family, led by Madhukar Patil, 65, who was traveling to Nagpur to drop off his daughter and grandson, were swept away in a flooded nullah on Tuesday evening. The family was traveling in an SUV and decided to continue over an overflowing culvert in Kelvad area of Saoner region in Nagpur (located at the Chhindwara-Betul-Nagour junction) but were swept away with the vehicle.
The government machinery of the affected states is closely monitoring the situation. Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has asked the administration to extend all possible help to people who are trapped in various places.
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Wednesday reviewed the situation in five districts of the state affected by heavy rains. A red alert was raised via the chief minister’s dashboard after an aerial inspection. Patel asked the administration to donate Rs. 4 lakh to all those who died in rain-related incidents. State Disaster Minister Rajendra Trivedi said 31 civilians had lost their lives since July 7 this monsoon season in the state.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy to very heavy rains in Maharashtra at Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Nasik, Pune, Kolhapur and Gadchiroli over the next three days. During the past 24 hours, Palghar district received the highest rainfall (74.6mm), followed by Raigad (72.7mm) and Thane (70.08mm). Mumbai received 24.0 mm of precipitation. In Pune, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has issued notices asking private businesses, including IT firms, to have their employees work from home for the next two days. In Mumbai, the BMC has asked people not to approach the seaside.
The government has declared a “red alert” in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Dangs, Navsari and Valsad districts of Gujarat. Meanwhile in MP, in the past 24 hours various areas of Betul district reported rainfall of up to 250mm including Ghodadongri (250mm), Chicholi (232mm) and Bhimpur (195mm).
Due to incessant rains since Monday, the Machna River is in flood, cutting off Shahpur town and adjacent areas from other parts of Betul district. Road connectivity was also lost between Betul and Bhopal, while vehicular traffic on the Betul-Indore trunk road and Betul-Khandwa road was also affected.
In Harda district, heavy rains brought normal life to a standstill, forcing schools to close on Wednesday. The water flow has increased in the Ajnar River, while the mighty Narmada is also rising. IMD has issued a red alert for very heavy rains in all districts of Narmadapuram division over the next 24 hours.
Leaders are given a mud bath to appease the rain god
Lucknow: As the monsoon plays truant in eastern Uttar Pradesh, women in Maharajganj district sought to appease the rain god on Tuesday night by giving BJP MP Jai Mangal a mud bath Kanaujiya and City Council Chairman Krishna Gopal Jaiswal. As part of the ritual, the women also sang folk songs to please Indra Devta. “People are suffering in this sweltering weather. The crops are drying up. This is a ritual based on an ancient belief, so we decided to be part of it if it helps in any way,” Kanaujiya said.