Andhra flood toll 106, Maharashtra 70
In Gujarat, over 1.90 lakh people have been evacuated from different parts.india Updated: Aug 17, 2006 18:01 IST
The rain gods seemed to be in no mood to calm down, not even after floods in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat affected nearly 33 lakh people. Rain alerts were sounded in Maharashtra's Marathwada and Vidarbha regions after 70 people died in rain-related incidents over the past three days.
More than 1.90 lakh people were evacuated from different parts of south Gujarat as major rivers flowed above the danger mark. Sixty per cent of Surat is submerged and the situation is expected to worsen as the administration had released over 10 lakh cusecs of water from Ukai dam.
Oil production hit
Operations of the state-run ONGC, GAIL India and corporate giant Reliance Industries have been severely hit in Maharashtra. Some plants have been shut down temporarily. ONGC has shut down its wells after its facilities were inundated by up to 10 feet of water, affecting gas supplies and crude production.
Lakhs of people in 16 districts of Andhra Pradesh were affected by the rains and floods and a preliminary estimate put crop and property losses at Rs 112.31 crore, officials said. The flood has claimed 106 lives in the state so far. Officers of the Air Force and Navy are engaged in rescue work.
PM to visit affected region
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit the flood-affected regions of Gujarat and Maharashtra on August 10. Home Minister Shivraj Patil will visit Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.
The home ministry said it was providing full support for flood relief.
Singh has spoken to the chief ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra and Chhattisgarh. The PMO has offered to immediately release the Calamity Relief Funds to these states.