New Delhi: Due to the depression over the Bay of Bengal, parts of Gujarat, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and its nearby areas received substantial downpour on Tuesday. The heavy rainfall today resulted in flood-like situations in several parts of the states across the country. Meanwhile, several other states including Assam and Maharashtra have recently faced floods causing losses to lives and property.
Here’s a look at the flood-situation in various parts of India:
A naval humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) team on Monday was dispatched for Rajkot as a part of the ongoing civil rescue efforts in flood-affected areas. As per a statement released by the Indian Navy, a naval HADR team, consisting of naval divers with support gears, was dispatched from INS Sardar to Rajkot on civil administration’s request for assistance.
Meanwhile, normal life was disrupted and about 1,400 people had to be shifted to shelters away from low lying areas in Rajkot following heavy rainfall.
At least nine wagons of a goods train running on the Angul-Talcher Road route of East Coast Railways derailed in the early hours of Tuesday and fell into a river, officials said. The wagons carrying wheat plunged into the river around 2.30 am, but the loco pilot and other staff were reported to be safe as the engine remained on the track, they said.
Heavy rain in the wake of a deep depression in the Bay of Bengal is likely to have caused the accident on a bridge over river Nandira when the goods train was on its way from Firozpur to Khurda Road, the officials said. Talcher recorded 394 mm of rainfall in the last two days.
The relentless downpour on Tuesday caused flood-like situations in many parts of Bengal. Kolkata and its nearby areas today received heavy rainfall which resulted in waterlogging in numerous parts of the city.
The Met office said in a bulletin that an “intense spell of thunderstorm with moderate to heavy rainfall”, during the day, battered different parts of Kolkata and its neighbouring districts of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Paraganas, Howrah and Hooghly.
People were left stranded as several areas of Kolkata, including Sector V in Salt Lake, were faced waterlogging. Fewer buses and auto-rickshaws were seen plying the roads in the morning. The downpour led to traffic snarls that lasted for hours.
Incessant rains in several parts of Chhattisgarh, including capital Raipur and Gariaband, over the past couple of days, have prompted the state government to ask district authorities to be on high alert to deal with a possible flood-like situation, officials said on Tuesday.
Collectors of Raipur, Dhamtari, Gariaband, and Mahasamund districts, which have witnessed heavy rainfall since Monday, have been directed to monitor the situation, take precautions and submit reports on rain-induced losses, state Revenue, and Disaster Management department secretary Rita Shandilya told PTI.
The northeastern state of Assam, which witnesses devastating floods every year, was this affected this year too. The flooding in Assam’s Brahmaputra valley receded last week as rivers running through and into the valley from the Himalayas reported lower water levels. However, over 16,000 people remained affected by the flood in nine districts of the state, according to a bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) on September 8. The death toll from the floods reached eight this year.
Large scale erosion was reported in various districts while roads were damaged by flood waters in others. An embankment was breached in Udalguri. Parts of the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve were also flooded by waters of the Brahmaputra. Park officials said that 24 animals, including two rhinos, two swamp deers, 17 hog deer, a python, a wild buffalo and a cap langur, have died in the floods while four other animals were rescued by forest rangers.
On September 9, the water level in Godavari river reached the “alert” mark amid heavy rainfall in the Marathwada region, a phenomenon that occurred after nearly 15 years. Heavy rains lashed the Marathwada region earlier this month, leading to 31 deaths in rain-related accidents in a week, out of which seven deaths occurred in Nanded. Several homes were flooded due to heavy rains and there were losses in agriculture and infrastructure sectors in the district.
The national capital has also faced heavy rains this year, which also left the forecourt of the Delhi airport and other parts of the city waterlogged on Saturday. According to civic agencies, several areas in the city including Moti Bagh, RK Puram, Madhu Vihar, Hari Nagar, Rohtak Road, Badarpur, Som Vihar, Ring Road near IP Station, Vikas Marg, Sangam Vihar, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Pul Prahladpur Underpass, Munirka, Rajpur Khurd, Nangloi and Kirari also witnessed waterlogging.
(With ANI, PTI Inputs)