84 Thane villages declared to be flood-prone this monsoon
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84 Thane villages declared to be flood-prone this monsoon

The district disaster management department has geared up to deal with different monsoon-related challenges

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2018 01:07 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
Shivaji Chowk in Kalyan was comletely water-logged during monsoon in June last year(HT FILE)

The Thane district disaster management cell has declared 84 villages in the district that are prone to flooding this monsoon.

The villages are located near the Bhatsa lake and the Ulhas river in the Kalyan, Murbad and Shahpur talukas. While many of these villages are in Shahpur taluka, the list also includes city-based areas of Kalyan, Ambernath, Badlapur, Mohane, Shahad, Waldhuni and Ulhasnagar.

The district disaster management department has geared up to deal with different monsoon-related challenges such as flooding, bridge collapses, house collapses, trees getting blown over and so on.

A meeting with various governing bodies in the district was held recently to plan a mode of action for the monsoon this year.

Thane district receives an average annual rainfall of 2,567 mm. More than 13% of the areas in the district are known as flood-sensitive areas.

An officer from the district disaster management cell said, “There are 84 villages in the district that are affected by floods owing to heavy rains, high tides in the sea and the water released from the various dams. All these villages are around the Bhatsa dam and Ulhas river in the district, which might be susceptible to flooding this year. The list was compiled based on the flood situation after a heavy monsoon spell last year. Over 51 of these villages are near the Bhatsa dam, out of which 17 are in Shahpur. The list also has city areas of Kalyan taluka that are near the Ulhas river.”

The cell has planned to be in constant contact with these villages during the monsoon.

“In case of heavy monsoon, the villages are cut off and so we cannot reach out to the authorities or people there, nor can they contact us. We have asked the irrigation department to intimate us immediately in case of rise in dam or river levels, so we can give flood warning in advance to these villages. We have also ensured that all the rain gauges are in working condition,” the officer added.

As per the collector’s guidelines, the water levels and overflows in dams will be monitored. The irrigation department will send a daily report on water levels in dams and the rainfall in these regions to the district control room. The control room will also be informed if the water level in any dam exceeds the normal level. The control room will then relay the information at taluka and corporation level. The people that will be affected by the floods will be transferred to alternative locations such as schools, colleges, temples and community halls. These temporary accommodations will have prior storage of food and water.

The official said loss of life during monsoon is also seen at picnic or trekking spots. “Last year, two people drowned in the Mahuli waterfall, while many people also drown in the Khadavli river at Titwala. We have asked the local police at these popular picnic spots to discourage revelers in case of heavy rains or any flood warnings. We have requested the National Disaster Response Force to station one of its teams in the district, while an army battalion will also be at standby in case of flood-like situation,” he said.

First Published: May 27, 2018 01:07 IST