At least 18 people, including six children, were killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, while thousands were evacuated and forced to stay in shelters amid continued heavy rain in the states on Tuesday.
Heavy rainfall accompanied by high winds ravaged Mumbai and the suburbs and also flooded many parts of the city within hours, causing road traffic to spiral out of control in some places.
Heavy showers fell in isolated places in eastern Rajasthan, while light to moderate rain fell in some other parts of the state.
Mount Abu and Pratapgarh registered a maximum of 8 cm of rain per day. Rain showers in Delhi also brought the mercury down, but caused traffic congestion and flooding in parts of the city where the minimum dropped to 26.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal.
According to data from the Indian Meteorological Department, Delhi recorded 2mm of rain in 24 hours to 8:30 am on Tuesday.
However, data from IMD shows that five districts in Delhi have so far reported insufficient rain this monsoon due to poor rain distribution.
Delhi has recorded a 23 percent precipitation deficit on average – with 90.4mm of rain against a normal of 116.9mm since June 1, when the monsoon season kicks off.
In Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district, three children were killed and four others injured after being struck by lightning during the rain.
Heavy downpours covered more parts of Gujarat, where six people died in rain-related incidents in the past 24 hours, bringing the toll to 69 since June 1.
A total of 27,896 people have been evacuated from flood-affected areas and 18,225 of them have stayed in shelters, while the others have returned home, state minister for disaster management Rajendra Trivedi said.
While heavy rains have plagued districts in southern Gujarat in recent days, parts of Kutch and Rajkot in the Saurashtra region have also witnessed heavy showers since Monday evening, officials said.
According to the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC), Anjar taluka in Kutch received 167mm of rain in six hours since 6am on Tuesday, while Gandhidham taluka in the district received 145mm of rain.
Narmada, Surat, Dang, Valsad and Tapi districts in southern Gujarat, and Panchmahal and Chhota Udepur in the central part of the state witnessed heavy rains in the past day.
IMD has issued a ‘red alert’ for heavy to very heavy rainfall in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Dang, Narmada, Chhota Udepur districts, as well as Kutch, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka and Morbi districts in Saurashtra region until Wednesday morning .
Heavy rainfall continued to plague parts of Maharashtra.
At least nine people, including three children, died in rain-related incidents, while 95 people were evacuated from flooded areas.
Thirteen teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and three from the State Disaster Response Force were deployed to vulnerable districts of the state, officials said.
The Met department has issued a red warning of extremely heavy rainfall in isolated places for Nashik, Palghar and Pune districts for the next three days.
Heavy rains also forced schools and universities to remain closed in the city of Nashik, where people in flood-prone areas were asked to move to safer places.
In the city of Nashik, 97.4 mm of rain fell in the 24 hours until 8:30 am on Tuesday.
The Palghar district, which borders Mumbai, has had 109.9mm of rain in the past 24 hours, ending at 8.30am on Tuesday, but no flooding has been reported.
In Thane district, 106.3mm of rain fell in the past 24 hours, ending at 8:30 am on Tuesday.
Two people were killed after a structure collapsed in suburban Mumbai while one drowned in eastern Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, authorities said.
Three residents of Madhya Pradesh have been killed and many others are missing after their vehicle was swept off a flooded bridge amid rain in the state’s Nagpur district on Tuesday.
The deceased were residents of Betul district in MP.
The incessant showers hit 10 villages in the suburbs of Gadchiroli, Nandurbar and Mumbai.
Three underage siblings drowned on Tuesday in a water-filled well in the Chakan area of Maharashtra’s Pune district.
The children, aged four to eight, drowned while bathing in the well dug by a farmer near their home and watered by the rain.
Four people were injured, two seriously, after part of a dilapidated residential building collapsed in the city of Pune.
The water resources department has started to discharge water from Gangapur dam in Nashik district at 284.16 cusecs, after the rise in the level of Godavari river.
Seventy people were evacuated as a precaution by authorities in Nashik district and 25 in Gadchiroli district.
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