The weather bureau has forecast heavy to extremely heavy rainfall today in eight states along the west coast, central and peninsular India. The flood situation is expected to deteriorate further with water flowing above the warning level at 22 river sites.
Flooding is observed in parts of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Assam and Uttar Pradesh. In addition, an inflow forecast has been issued for 31 dams and weirs in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.
However, Delhi witnessed only light rain yesterday with cloudy conditions and high humidity for most parts of the day. The city has recorded 148.2 mm of precipitation since June 1, against the normal 149.7 mm.
In Maharashtra, schools and universities remain closed today in Palghar, Pune city and neighboring Chinchwad due to the forecast of heavy rain. A man and his daughter were killed in a landslide yesterday in the town of Vasai in Palghar district. In addition, four people were swept away by flooding in Gondia district.
At least 30 reservoirs in Gujarat have exceeded capacity by 70 percent due to heavy rainfall. The Met department has issued a red alert, forecasting heavy rainfall in Saurashtra and southern Gujarat districts until Thursday. Rajkot, Gir Somnath, Jamnagar, Bharuch, Kutch and Navsari are among the parts of the state that have experienced heavy rainfall.
Heavy rainfall warnings have been sounded in all districts of Narmadapuram divisions of Madhya Pradesh for the next 24 hours. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been issued in more than 25 districts, including 11 in the Bhopal and Ujjain divisions. Betul and Harda are the hardest hit districts in the state with many rivers in flood.
In Telangana, a red alert was issued at the Kaddem project in Nirmal district when the Godavari River exceeded flood level. Residents of 12 villages downstream have been evacuated due to the massive influx. The river also passed the third level hazard marker at Bhadrachalam. The water discharge in Godavari stands at 3 lakh cusecs as against an inflow of 5 lakh cusecs, in what experts refer to as a ‘once in 500 years’ phenomenon.
Telangana received 219.7mm, or 455% of excess rain, in the past five days. Red alarm extended for 12 districts and orange alarm in seven. There is a yellow warning in Hyderabad where there is light to moderate rain. Schools in the state will remain closed for the rest of the week.
Meanwhile, several parts of the coast of Karnataka and Malnad are facing a flood situation with river swelling and dams reaching the rim due to heavy rainfall. Landslides have also been reported. Hampi heritage sites are at risk of being flooded with the Tungabhadra Dam nearing capacity. Rs 500 crore will be released immediately to restore basic infrastructure, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
Schools in four taluks of the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, next to the hill town of Valparai in Coimbatore, announced a holiday today due to thunderstorms and light to moderate rain. A flood warning has also been issued for the fifth day in Hogenakkal in Dharmapuri district.
In Odisha, the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in nine southern districts. The coastal districts are already experiencing heavy rainfall and a landslide was also reported from Gajapati district, damaging at least 10 houses.