Even as the rains stopped pounding in the region, several rivers in Vidarbha, particularly, the Painganga in Yavatmal and ParIakota river in Gadchiroli district are still flowing above the danger mark.
After several days of incessant rain, the region did not get any heavy showers since last night. Several houses, particularly in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli were damaged following the flood-like situation there.
The divisional commissioner, Nagpur division, Anup Kumar reviewed the flood situation in the region and directed officials from Gadchiroli and Chandrapur district administration to give necessary compensation to the families who lost their members and for the damage caused to their houses. Over 2,000 houses were damaged in Chandrapur district alone following the heavy rains since it started in the first week of this month. “The situation is now totally under control. Now it’s largely a sunny day,” says Kumar.
The communication of south Gadchiroli from rest of the world was totally cut off for two days following the heavy downpour in the area. Several villagers from the area were shifted to safer places when Wainganga and Parlakota rivers were in spate and their water has marooned the villages. “Villagers who were re-located from their villages following the flood-like situation, now they have been shifted to their own villagers,” said Durgesh Sonwane, the resident district collector (RDC) of Gadchiroli. Eight people were swept away following the incessant downpour in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in eastern Vidarbha.
Sonwane informed that four persons have drowned in separate incidents following torrential rains in the district. “Over 150 houses were damaged in the district and relief and rehabilitation works are on,” he further claimed.
Vidarbha had received on and off rains since the beginning of July. The region has recorded surplus rains this season, said sources.