Torrential rains in Mumbai brought life to a standstill on Tuesday even as people in Konkan, western and northern Maharashtra thanked the weather gods for rescuing them from the relentless heat.
In another part of the country, in Orissa’s Nayagarh district, at least seven people were killed when a bus carrying nearly 40 passengers was swept away by the waters of the Besalia rivulet, 100 km west of state capital Bhubaneswar.
Orissa revenue and disaster management minister Suryanarayan Patro said the incident was caused by the driver’s recklessness.
“Water was flowing well above the bridge on Monday evening. The passengers asked the driver not to proceed till it receded, but he didn’t listen. The strong Besalia current swept the bus away.”
There is no danger of the rivers being flooded, yet, Orissa Special Relief Commissioner N.K. Sundaray told Hindustan Times.
“These are flash floods in streams. People residing close to river basins haven’t been affected. There is no displacement either.”
The government has stocked up on food and other relief material to meet the possibility of river floods in Orissa’s lower-lying areas, added Sundaray.
Three other persons were swept away when they were crossing the swollen Terumadi river in Koraput district, while two others were swept away in floodwaters in Kandhamal.
Heavy monsoon rains lashed Konkan, western and northern Maharashtra over the last 24 hours. On Tuesday the weather department issued warnings of heavy rains in Marathwada and central Maharashtra over the next 24 hours.
A.B. Muzumdar, deputy director of the Indian Meteorological Department (weather forecasting), said the low-pressure belt which has developed over the Bay of Bengal had revived the monsoon. He said it was likely to continue for the next 48 hours.
Pune recorded almost 25 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, the highest this season. Good rainfall in the catchment areas of its three dams — Panshet, Varasgaon and Temghar— raised water levels. Before this, Pune had been receiving water on alternate days due to depletion in water levels in the dams.