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Marathwada floods kill 12, Latur worst-hit

Floods in Marathwada have caused havoc in the last three days, affecting 1,700 villages and claiming lives of 12 people and 183 animals

mumbai Updated: Oct 04, 2016 10:25 IST
Faisal Malik
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The submerged old bridge over Panchganga River after heavy rains at Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur. (PTI)

Floods in Marathwada have caused havoc in the last three days, affecting 1,700 villages and claiming lives of 12 people and 183 animals.

An alert has been issued to those living along river banks. Ujni river is overflowing and water was also released from Seena (Solapur) and Manjara river due to rise in their water levels.

On Sunday, the state administration with the help of NDRF teams rescued in 65 people stranded in Latur and Nanded.

Rains continue to lash the region. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rainfall in the isolated areas of north Maharashtra.

The Marathwada region has received 140.3% more rains than the average annual rainfall. The rainfall in the region from June 1 to September 30 is 556.1mm.

In the last three days, it has received 581.5% excess rains as compared to the average annual rainfall, according to the data released by rainfall recording and analysis wing of the state agriculture department.

This has resulted in floods in many districts, particularly Nanded, Latur and Beed.

“We have shifted 595 people from the affected areas. This includes 525 from Latur and 70 from Beed district,” said Suhas Diwase, director, state disaster management authority.

Read: 65 evacuated from flood-hit Marathwada

Twelve people died after being marooned in floods in the last three days. Of them, six are from Nanded, two from Osmanabad and one from Aurangabad, Parbhani, Hingoli and Latur each, Diwase said.

Last year, Latur was the worst-hit by water crisis. This year, it is the worst-affected by floods among the eight districts in the region. Of the total villages hit by floods, 888 are from Latur. The district has received 113.3mm rains in the last three days of October which is 1857.4% more than the average annual rainfall of this month.

“The district administration has shifted 525 people from Latur to temporary shelters,” said officials from relief and rehabilitation department.

State agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar said almost 50% crop have been damaged in the floods. The state government will give farmers monetary compensation.

“We will discuss the issue in the state cabinet meeting to be held in Aurangabad district on Tuesday. A proposal seeking financial assistance will also be sent to the Centre,” Fundkar said.

WATER WOES TO END

The water scarcity problem in Marathwada may come to an end. The state government is planning a water grid scheme that will connect all its major water projects through closed pipelines. The state cabinet, led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, is expected to give in-principle approval to the Rs15,000-crore project in its meeting to be held in Aurangabad on Tuesday.

The Marathwada water grid project will provide a permanent solution to drinking water problems. The entire water supply system will be connected through closed pipelines instead of the existing open water canal system. Around 79 cities and towns are expected to benefit, said sources.