India’s meteorological department has issued a red alert, predicting heavy rains till Thursday in Saurashtra and South Gujarat districts

New Delhi: Relentless downpours caused landslides and flooding in various parts of the country, killing at least 17 people on Wednesday, while thousands more were forced to safety as rivers swelled and reservoirs swelled. water filled up quickly.

The Telangana government has announced that educational institutes in the state will remain closed until Saturday due to continued rains which have flooded low-lying areas and damaged road links in several places.

Also, in Palghar, Pune city, Maharashtra, and nearby Pimpri Chinchwad region, schools and colleges will remain closed on Thursday due to heavy rain forecast.

Rains have continued to elude Delhi, however, as the city has recorded 148.2mm of rainfall so far against a normal of 149.7mm since June 1. Despite light rain in the morning, high humidity, fluctuating between 68% and 95%, caused disarray during the day.

In the west, heavy downpours in parts of southern Gujarat and Kutch-Saurashtra regions since Tuesday have claimed 14 lives, while more than 31,000 have been evacuated so far this season.

Three national highways in Kutch, Navsari and Dang districts were blocked while 51 national highways and more than 400 panchayat roads were also damaged, the state’s disaster management minister, Rajendra Trivedi, said.

Heavy rains also caused water levels at various reservoirs across the state to rise, with 30 of them filled to 70 percent or more of their total storage capacity.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a “red alert”, predicting heavy rains till Thursday in Saurashtra and South Gujarat districts.

Several parts of Kutch, Bharuch, Dang, Navsari and Tapi districts in southern Gujarat received very heavy rains. In Saurashtra region, Rajkot, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Jamnagar were among the districts that received heavy downpours.

The rains wreaked havoc in Maharashtra, causing a landslide in Palghar district that killed a man and his daughter while four people were swept away by overflowing streams in Gondia district.

Palghar and Gondia districts have witnessed very heavy rains since Tuesday evening which flooded low lying areas. Following the landslide in Palghar, at least 40 families from Waghralpada neighborhood were brought to safety.

In Chandrapur district, 35 passengers were clean-shaven after their bus ran aground on a submerged bridge in a flooded stream. Police personnel used heavy ropes to rescue stranded passengers, including children. In Bhandara district, 15 people were stranded in a temple in the middle of the flooding Wainganga river. They had gone to the temple to offer prayers on the occasion of Guru Purnima.

As many as 200 families were brought to safety in Nanded district when the Painganga River began to overflow due to continuous heavy rains over the past three days. Road links to 26 villages in the district have been cut due to flooding, officials said.

Also in Gadchiroli, 2,000 people from 19 villages have been brought to safety as the Godavari, Kaleshwaram and Indravati rivers are in flood while the Wainganga, Pranhita and Wardha rivers flow near alert level in the district.

Maharashtra’s capital has been battered by relentless downpours leading to flooding in many low-lying areas and traffic jams. According to IMD, 20 locations in Mumbai received downpours of nearly 40mm in six hours until 9.30am on Wednesday.

Local trains, considered Mumbai’s lifeline, were largely unaffected on the Central Railway and Western Railway routes. Commuter services on the Harbor Line were running slowly, according to railway officials.

As rains continue to wreak havoc in different parts of Karnataka, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said 32 people have lost their lives so far and Rs 500 crore will be released immediately to restore basic infrastructure which has been damaged.

The rains continued in several parts of Malnad and the Karnataka coast, causing a flood-like situation. There have also been several incidents of landslides and sea erosion.

Rivers in the area have swelled, several dams have reached the edge and there is severe waterlogging of agricultural fields and low lying areas causing damage to crops and properties. The situation is similar in the neighboring districts of Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan.

Rising water levels in rivers and dams are a cause for concern in a few northern districts of Belagavi, Vijayanagara and Yadgir. Water is discharged through 15 crest gates at Yadgir’s Basava Sagara Dam into the Krishna River. The reservoir receives an influx of about one lakh cusecs. Residents were asked to move to safer areas.

With the Tungabhadra dam almost reaching its capacity and increasing the water flow in the river, some monuments in the heritage site of Hampi, like Purandara Mantapa, are at risk of flooding.

In Odisha, very heavy rains hit many parts of the coastal state causing a landslide in Gajapati district which damaged at least 10 houses while major roads in Malkangiri and Kalahandi districts were damaged . The IMD forecast heavy to very heavy rains in nine districts of southern Odisha over the next two days.

The heavy rains have upended life in the Motu area of ​​Malkangiri district on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Road communication between Malkangiri in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was interrupted as rainwater up to a height of six to eight feet flowed down the road, an official said. Rainwater was also seen flowing down major roads in Kalahandi district.

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