India: Central Vidarbha region floods situation report 16 Sep 2005

Since the first week of September 2005 Central India has been experiencing widespread rainfall covering Konkan & Goa, Central Maharashtra, Gujarat Region, Orissa and Chattishgarh. Under the influence of the north-north-westward movement of the monsoon system and low pressure circulation over west-central & adjoining northwest Bay of Bengal, heavy rainfall has been reported in Orissa, north Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, East Madhya Pradesh, and Vidarbha region. The eastern parts viz. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand are also under the influence of rainfall.

The affected districts in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been experiencing flash flooding due to unprecedented rise in water level of river wainganga, a tributary of Godavari and release of excess water from Sanjay Sarovar dam in Bhandara District. The overflowing water from the dam caused River Wainganga to flow at a rising trend affecting districts (Bhandara, Gondia and Nagpur in Maharashtra) located down stream of the river. Also the neighbouring districts: Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh and Rajnandgaon in Chattishgarh, situated along the river wainganga course have affected 60 villages approximate 150,000 persons.



The river Wainganga at Bhandara in Maharashtra started to overflow on 15th September. The water level of the river has risen to 249.10 m. On 15 th at 8.00 hrs IST the river was at High flood situation with its level at 248.65 m which was 0.45 cm below the High flood level.

Districts Affected:

Gondia - 30 villages are affected and 3,000 people have been shifted to safer locations.

Reports state that 11 villages are marooned. 1 death reported due to drowning.

Bhandara - 15 villages affected of which 12 villages are reportedly marooned. A section of the NH -6 has been submerged thereby disrupting traffic.

Nagpur, the Low-lying areas in Nagpur city and adjoining 6 villages with a 10,000 people have been affected.

Madhya Pradesh:

Rivers Narmada at Mandla has overflowed against the flood warning level of 437.20 m and is

expected to be on a rising trend. Lanji and Kirnapur Teshils of Balaghat district have been

marooned as water level of Rivers Dev, Soan and Bagh has overtopped embankments affecting

40 villages.


Rivers Indravati at Jagdalpur is flowing at 539.72 m against the high flood level of 539.50m,

affecting 15 villages with population of 7,000 in Rajnandgaon district. Road communication

between Rajnandgaon .Dongargaon has been disrupted


The state administration has deployed 3 columns of army and navy personal to carry out search and rescue operation. 35 boats including 1 mechanized boats and local boats have been mobilized with 24 navy divers deployed for the operation.

Evacuation of 6250 people to safer places and relief camps have been conducted in [3000 .Gondia, 1500 . Bhandara, 1200 in Nagpur, 550 in Rajnandgaon districts] while 35 persons air lifted.

45 Relief camps have been opened in Gondia and Bhandara districts housing the evacuated population.

The districts administration has made provision for distributing required food packets. Local NGO's are also assisting in food distribution.

The collectors of the affected districts are monitoring the situation.


Department of Relief & Rehabilitation
Tel: 022-2202 5274,
Fax: 022-2202 5920
State Control Room: Tel: 022-2202 7990, 022-
2285 4168 Fax: 022-2285 5920

Department of Disaster Management-Madhya
Tel: 0755 244 1424Fax: 0755 244 1574
State Control Room Madhya Pradesh: 0755244
1424 Fax: 0755- 244 1574


- Disaster Management Department, Maharashtra , Madhya Pradesh

- Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)

- Central Water Commission (CWC)

For Further Information:

G Padmanabhan
Emergency Analyst, UNDP
E-mail:, Mobile: 91 . 98104 02937