New Delhi: As heavy rains batter Telangana, water level in the Godavari has increased and the river is flowing above the danger mark. The Godavari water level crossed the 48-feet mark at 6.10 am on Monday. A flood warning has been issued, news agency ANI cited officials. All the flood duty officers have instructed by the Bhadrachalam sub-collector to take action as per the Godavari flood manual.
Telangana shut all educational institutions for three days from Tuesday amid heavy rains in the state. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who chaired a high-level review meeting on the flood situation in the state, said there will be heavy to very heavy rains in the state in the next four to five days.
Ruling TRS MLC Kavitha Kalvakuntla on Monday asked the officials of Nizamabad district to expeditiously take up relief measures following heavy rains that lashed the district since the last few days.
Meanwhile, in Andhra Pradesh’s Konaseema, the authorities began the evacuation of vulnerable sections, including pregnant women and elderly people, in the 30 islands of river Godavari in the district, The Hindu reported. The islands, which fall in the Eastern and Central deltas, are most prone by the Godavari floods. The authorities are on alert for any kind of emergency that arises and has made arrangements for providing commodities and safe drinking water.
In Maharashtra, heavy rains continued to lash Nashik district on Monday, leading to water levels of several rivers rising and the submergence of many temples that are located on the bed of the Godavari river, PTI quoted officials as saying. Water levels rose further due to release of water from the Gangapur Dam, which supplies drinking water to the city. The residents of villages along the banks of the Godavari as well as some other smaller rivers have been alerted to the situation, though the water level at present is below the ‘danger’ mark.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rains were witnessed in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Monday morning, and there was no report of water-logging anywhere in the city, civic officials said. The local train services were also running normally. The IMD has predicted moderate rainfall in the city and its suburbs over the next 24 hours, with a possibility of heavy showers at isolated places, they said.
Several parts of districts in south and central Gujarat, including Ahmedabad, received very heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours, resulting in a flood-like situation in various low-lying areas from where over 6,000 people were shifted to safer places. Due to the widespread rains, 388 roads, including state highways and panchayat roads, were closed. At least 13 dams have been put on ‘high alert’ and eight on ‘alert’ as their water level rose due to the heavy showers.
The IMD has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy showers during the next five days in south Gujarat, and heavy downpour in central parts of the state and Saurashtra. 13 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and 16 of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed.
Delhi got some relief from the hot and humid weather as rains lashed the national capital on Monday afternoon. Delhiites woke up to a humid Monday morning and the relative humidity at 8.30 am was 75 per cent. However, the sky became overcast in the afternoon, followed by rains.
Moderate rainfall occurred at most places in Rajasthan while isolated places received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours ending Monday morning, weather officials said. Nainwa in Bundi district recorded 13 cm of rain, followed by Dholpur (12 cm), and Laxmangarh in Sikar (10 cm) till Monday morning, according to the meteorological department. Different part of Sirohi, Banswara, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Ajmer, Churu, Bikaner, Jhunjhun districts received less than 10 cm of rain during this period. The weather department has forecast heavy rain at isolated places in Baran, Kota, Jhalawar and Chittorgarh districts during the next 24 hours.
(With PTI, ANI inputs)