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Farmers relieved as rain lashes Konkan, west Maharashtra

Heavy rain lashed most parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday. The Konkan, western and northern Maharashtra received their first incessant showers over the last 24 hours, swelling reservoirs attached to dams and bringing relief to worried farmers.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2009 00:52 IST
HT Political Bureau

Heavy rain lashed most parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday. The Konkan, western and northern Maharashtra received their first incessant showers over the last 24 hours, swelling reservoirs attached to dams and bringing relief to worried farmers.

Vidarbha received moderate rain and Marathwada stayed drier than other regions.

However, on Tuesday, the weather department issued a warning of heavy rain in Marathwada and central Maharashtra over the next 24 hours. Heavy rain is expected elsewhere in the state as well, but it needs to continue for at least a week to facilitate storage in dams that supply water for irrigation and drinking.

Deputy Director of the Indian Meteorological Department (Weather Forecasting) AB Muzumdar said the monsoon revived after a low-pressure belt developed over the Bay of Bengal. He said this belt has developed for the first time this monsoon and is likely to last 48 hours, causing heavy rainfall.

Mahad town in the Konkan was flooded by the Savitri river, which almost touched the danger mark of 6.60 mt, on Tuesday. There were no casualties. Thane district’s interiors received moderate rain, raising expectations that the dams that supply Mumbai would fill up soon.

Some people were trapped on the Pawana and other rivers in western Maharashtra, but they were rescued unhurt.

Pune city and district recorded 25 mm of rain, the highest during this season. Good rain was also recorded in the catchment areas of three dams — Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar. Koyna, the second largest dam in Maharashtra, recorded 210 mm of rain.

In Vidarbha’s Gadchiroli district, over 60 villages were cut off after the Parolkota river overflowed near Bhamragarh. Chandrapur district recorded 341 mm of rain.

At least 20 persons died after being struck by lightning. Thirty-four women died when their ferry overturned in Wainganga river in Bhandara district on Saturday evening.