Rains continue to batter states; lives lost, properties damaged
Heavy rains lashed several parts of the country causing floods and leading to loss of lives and damage to property.
In Uttar Pradesh, the toll due to heavy rains rose to 156 on Monday, with four persons dying in floods and wall collapse on Monday.
Relief commissioner L Venkateshwar Lu said two persons were killed in floods at Bahraich and one each in wall collapse at Hardoi and Lakhimpur Khiri.
Sharda, Ghaghra and Rapti rivers were flowing above the danger mark in Palia (Khiri), Ayodhya and Balrampur respectively.
Ganga was in spate in Kannauj, Kanpur, Allahabad, Ghazipur and Ballia while Yamuna was flowing above the danger mark in Saharanpur, Mathura, Agra, Etawah, Jalaun, and Allahabad.
Lu said adequate arrangements were being made to protect people.
Several parts of the state witnessed light to moderate rain on Monday. In Bareilly, 53.8mm of rainfall was recorded and in Lucknow, 48.2mm. Sultanpur got 27.8mm of rain while Allahabad and Najibabad received 22.2mm and 12.2 mm of rain respectively.
The meteorological department has forecast more rain Wednesday onwards and issued warning for downpour in some parts of the state.
On Monday, people woke up to overcast skies and drizzle in Lucknow, which turned into showers as the day progressed. It brought them relief from the humidity of the last few days and as a result the temperature dropped to 30.3ºC, three degrees below normal.
Meanwhile, in Assam which has been battered by floods, the met department has forecast more rains. On Monday 30-85mm of rainfall was reported from across the state.
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, the flood situation has improved in Dhemaji and Nagaon districts and the number of flood-hit people dropped from 13,130 to 9,171 on Sunday across five revenue circles and 69 villages.
In Dhemaji district, 2,227 people are still lodged in nine relief camps. According to the Central Water Commission, the Brahmaputra and two other rivers are flowing above danger levels at one place each.
In Andhra Pradesh five people, including two children, were killed when the wall of a building collapsedin the Moula Ali area on the outskirts of the capital Hyderabad on Tuesday.
During the week, incessant rains claimed 12 lives across the state. In several of the flooded areas, helicopters dropped food packets for the marooned. At least 5,000 houses have been damaged due to the floods and 800 villages have no power.
With more rain expected in the next 48 hours due to the low pressure over the Bay of Bengal, disaster relief forces have been kept ready.
River Godavari was still flowing close to danger levels from Bhadrachalam in Telangana to Dhavaleshvaram in the coastal Andhra region.
The inflow in reservoirs on River Krishna was also increasing.
In Hyderabad, the Hussainsagar Lake in the heart of the city has reached its maximum capacity. Officials have alerted people residing in low lying areas of the city.
According to reports, the state has received 30% more rainfall — 306.9mm specifically — than the normal of 237.4mm, concentrated in 13 districts.
Vishakapatnam and Anantapur are the only districts that have recorded less than normal rainfall.
In the west, Mumbai witnessed heavy spells of rain during the weekend. However, only moderate rain is expected in the next 48 hours due to the prevalent conditions in the Arabian Sea.
“The offshore trough is not strong and hence we don’t expect heavy rains,” NY Apte, deputy director general of India Meteorological Department (western region), said. “We have issued a forecast of isolated heavy spells in the south Konkan region. Overall, the state is witnessing good rainfall.”
In West Bengal, the flood situation has improved in some parts of North Bengal, with most of the rivers flowing below the danger level.
Sikkim, Darjeeling hills and Bhutan hills received moderate rainfall. Sources at Central Water Commission in Jalpaiguri said: “Yellow alert has been sounded only in the unprotected areas of River Teesta while all major rivers like Jaldakha and Torsha are flowing below danger mark.” In North Bengal, places such as Toofanganj and Cooch Behar witnessed flood-like situation during the first week of July and many wards of Jalpaiguri town were flooded on July 19. “Now the water level has receded everywhere,” he said. In South Bengal, rainfall was scanty.
Meanwhile, in Madhya Pradesh, the low pressure over the Odisha coast that caused heavy rainfall in the last few days is subsiding.
The meteorological department in Bhopal said there could be respite from rain in the next three-four days as the low pressure area was moving towards Chhattisgarh and no new system was in the making.
Heavy rains has been lashing the state leading to most rivers and lakes brimming, including the Upper Lake of Bhopal, even with half of the monsoon still left.
On Saturday, nine people were reported dead in different parts of the state due to heavy rain. Four people died in Shivpuri, two in Khandwa and three in Mandla.