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A few Konkan rivers close to danger mark, says state

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2011 01:00 IST
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Heavy rains in Konkan and some parts of western Maharashtra have not bothered the state machinery much because the dams are filling up and have not caused any life-threatening floods as yet.

SC Mohanty, director of the state disaster management cell, told HT on Monday that though some rivers in Konkan were flowing close to the danger mark, the situation was under control. “Rivers like Savitri and Kundalika may pose danger if rains continue.”

In western Maharashtra’s Satara district, the two tehsils, Patan (75mm) and Jawali (89mm) received heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours. Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in Satara, received 289mm.

“Rest of Maharashtra is quite normal as rains are still manageable,” said Mohanty. “Vidarbha and Marathwada should expect heavy rains next month.”

However, landslides off the Konkan railway route near Ratnagiri has worried the government . The track has been shut for more than two days now.

“Fortunately, there has been no accident on this track because Konkan railway authorities monitor the tracks very closely,” said Mohanty.

The Mumbai-Goa highway, which was blocked because of an overflowing river near Kudal, was opened for traffic early Monday morning.

Mohanty said the filling up of dams was good news. According to him, Koyna is 67% full and will soon reach the 75% mark. “We will begin releasing water only after the dam gets more than 75% capacity.”