Mumbai: Due to continue rainfall, at least 18 people, including six children, were killed and thousands were evacuated to safer places in rain-triggered accidents in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and its suburbs on Tuesday, flooding many parts of the city and disrupting traffic at some places.
Heavy rain occurred at isolated places over East Rajasthan, while some other parts of the state received light to moderate rains. Mount Abu and Pratapgarh received the highest rainfall of eight cm in the state.
The temperature dropped on Tuesday after rain in the national capital Delhi. However, traffic was affected due to waterlogging in many parts of the city. According to the Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature was recorded at 26.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal. At the same time, the humidity level in the air stood at 93 percent at 8.30 am. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi recorded two mm of rain in the last 24 hours till 8 am on Tuesday.
Three students of a government school were killed and four others were seriously injured when lightning struck Soytkhurd in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district.
Heavy rain continued in many parts of Gujarat as six more people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the last 24 hours. According to officials, 69 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the state since June 1.
State Disaster Management Minister Rajendra Trivedi said that a total of 27,896 people were evacuated from the flood-affected areas, out of which 18,225 are still in shelter homes and the rest have returned to their homes.
Officials said that the districts of South Gujarat have been receiving heavy rains since last few days and some areas of Kutch and Rajkot in Saurashtra region have been receiving heavy rains since Monday night.
According to the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC), Anjar taluka of Kutch received 167 mm of rain in the six hours since 6 am on Tuesday, while Gandhidham taluka of the district recorded 145 mm of rain. Narmada, Surat, Dang, Valsad and Tapi districts of south Gujarat and Panchmahal and Chhota Udaipur in the central part of the state also received heavy rains.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Dang, Narmada, Chhota Udaipur districts as well as Kutch, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Morbi of Saurashtra region till Wednesday morning. Forecasting ‘Red Alert’ has been issued.
Poorna and Ambika rivers are in spate as heavy rains continue in Navsari district, causing flooding in some low-lying areas. In a joint operation, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) rescued 21 people trapped on the banks of the Curzon river near Rajpipla in Narmada district on Monday night.
At least nine people, including three children, have been killed and 95 people have been rescued from flood-hit areas in accidents caused by incessant rains in many parts of Maharashtra.
A report of the Disaster Management Department said that 13 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and three teams of State Disaster Response Force have been deployed in the distressed districts of the state.
The Meteorological Department has issued a red alert of excessive rain in Nashik, Palghar and Pune districts for the next three days.Schools and colleges remained closed in Nashik city on Tuesday due to heavy rains in the past few days and people were asked to move to safer places from the flood-affected areas, officials said.
He said that Nashik city received 97.4 mm of rain in 24 hours till 8.30 am on Tuesday.
However, later the rain stopped, which brought relief to the people.Officials said that near the Saptashringi temple in the district, there was heavy rain on Monday. Six devotees have suffered minor injuries on the steps of the temple due to water-logging.
The report said that Palghar district of Mumbai received 109.9 mm of rain in the last 24 hours till 3.30 am on Tuesday. A team of National Disaster Response Force has been deployed as a precautionary measure in Palghar district.
Thane district received 106.3 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8.30 am. Two people died after a structure collapsed in a suburb of Mumbai, while one person drowned in Gadchiroli district of eastern Maharashtra, officials said.
Three people from Madhya Pradesh were killed and three others are missing after an SUV vehicle was washed away from a bridge in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district in floods on Tuesday. Police gave this information. Those killed in the accident were residents of Betul district of Madhya Pradesh.
Avinash Sawant, head of Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management unit, said that a part of a house collapsed in Rahmat Nagar area of Rabodi in the afternoon, but there were no casualties during this period.
Three brothers and sisters aged four to eight died after drowning in a water-filled pit in Chakan area of Maharashtra’s Pune district on Tuesday.The report said that Ratnagiri district received 63.4 mm of rain in the last 24 hours, but except Jagbudi, no river is flowing above the danger mark in the coastal district.
Four people were injured when a portion of a dilapidated residential structure collapsed following heavy rains in Pune city, fire officials said on Tuesday.The Water Resources Department has started releasing 284.16 cusecs of water from Gangapur Dam in Nashik district after the water level of Godavari river increased.
The report said that 70 people from Nashik district and 25 from Gadchiroli district were shifted to safer places as a precautionary measure.