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India Flood Situation 09 Aug 2005

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The low pressure area over Jharkhand and its neighbourhood persists and has caused moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls over Orissa and Chattisgarh. Moderate rainfall, with isolated heavy falls, continues over Gujarat region, Konkan, Goa and Central Mahrashtra.
According to the forecast, received from the metrological department, enhanced rainfall, with isolated heavy falls, is likely to take place over Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and east Madhya Pradesh. Rainfall activity may increase over Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and adjoining Uttar Pradesh subsequently. Moderate rainfall is likely to continue over Gujarat state, Konkan, Goa and Central Maharashtra with isolated heavy falls. An increase in rainfall activity is also likely over western Himalayan region and northwest region.

In Maharashtra, a total of 1044 deaths, 147 injuries, and 49 missing persons have been reported. Though the situation is stabilizing in most of the areas, it seems grim in the river basins of Krishna and Koyna rivers especially in Sangli, and Kolhapur districts. The State is organizing hygiene awareness campaigns on cable/TV programmes and through press briefings for use of alum, and boiling drinking water by the public.

The monsoon is reported to be vigorous over Saurashtra, Kutch, and active over the Gujarat region.

MAHARASHTRA

- Rainfall activity over Mumbai and Konkan region has reduced considerably. Light rains in most parts of the State with heavy isolated rains in a few places have been reported. Moderate to heavy rains to heavy rains in Madhya Maharashtra and Vidharbha have been reported.

- The flood water has receded from all parts of Mumbai suburban and routine life has returned in almost all localities in the city.

- River Godavari at Kopergaon is flowing at 491.30 m as against the warning level of 490.90 m with a steady trend.

- Almost all reservoirs in the state are overflowing because of excess rain water fed into them. Similarly, excess water from other dams like Warna, Kanher and Ksasari dams has been released into Koyna/Krishna river basins creating flood situation along the embankments of these rivers.

- At Pune, excess water has been released from Khadgwasla, Pavana, Dhom, Balkaudi dams into Mula and Mutha rivers which have flooded the low lying areas in the river basin in Pune.

- 2.50 lakh people in 2300 villages in Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Solapur districts have been affected. 1.38 lakh people have been evacuated and accommodated in 250 relief camps.

- The people have now started returning to their homes from these relief camps. In Mumbai suburban no relief camp is operating at present.

- The State has engaged more than 2000 municipal employees, drawing them from non-affected areas, for assisting in clearing and scavenging work in the affected districts.

- About 1,000 employees in various affected districts have been called from non-affected talukas within the districts to assist administration for survey and relief distribution work. Similarly, the State has called up 2,000 employees from non-affected districts for assisting the survey and relief work in the affected districts.

- The State has constituted Teams headed by Guardian Ministers from State Government as well as Guardian Secretaries as Members from the State Administration for supervising survey and relief work in the affected districts.

- About 800 medical teams consisting of 1 medical officer and 4 para-medical staff in each team have been sent to flood affected areas for providing medical assistance and taking prevention/control measures of any post-flood epidemic situation. 600 medical teams are operating in Mumbai suburban and 200 in other districts.

- The State has formed 150 units of young interns of Medical colleges in groups of four and deployed them at various locations in the city for providing medical assistance and hygiene awareness to the public. These teams of interns are likely to be withdrawn by tomorrow.

- The State is organizing hygiene awareness campaign on cable/TV programmes and through press briefings for use of alum, boiling drinking water etc. by public.

- All road movements in the city have resumed normal functioning, although at a reduced service level due to bad road conditions. In Mumbai city all three railways have started operating although at a reduced frequency level of about 60-70 per cent. All air services are operating at 80-85 per cent service level.

- All mobile and landline services have started operating normally. Power supply has been restored in Mumbai, Thane and other districts. The situation is reported to be normal.

- Water supply system is almost normal in Mumbai City. Water supply system in Kurla in Mumbai Suburban has been restored now. Water supply system in Shahd in Thane district is also largely restored. However, water supply system in Ambernath and Badlapur is still affected and normal resumption of supply may take a few more days.

- Six army columns are deployed in the flood affected districts for rescue and relief operations. Eleven team of Indian Navy are kept stand by for the same.

- A number of landslides had occurred in Raigad District during the heavy rains. The district administration in Raigad, fearing fresh landslides due to cracks in adjacent hills. A geological team is expected to visit to assess the reasons.

KARNATAKA

- Moderate to heavy rainfall has been reported in south interior, north interior and coastal Karnataka. Bagamandala in Kodagu district has experienced very heavy rains (302mm) during the last 24 hours.

- All major rivers (Cauvery, Tungabhadra, Hemavathi, Krishna, Vedganga, Ghataprabha, Netravathi and Kumaradhara) in the State and their tributaries are in spate. As a result, all reservoirs in the State (KRS, Harangi, Kabini, Tungabhadra, Hemavathi, Almatti, Narayanpur, Hidkal, Bhadra) are overflowing and excess water is being released into the rivers. In Uttara Kannada district, 5 tanks are reported to have been breached destroying paddy fields

- Evacuation of population from about 40 villages from river banks is still continuing in Belgaum district.

ORISSA

- Scanty rains have been reported in the State during the last 24 hours.

- All rivers in the State including Baitarani are flowing below their danger level.

ASSAM

- River Brahamputra at Dibrugarh is flowing at 104.90 m as against the danger level of 104.24 m. with a steady trend.

- Rivers Brahmaputra (at Neamatighat & Jorhat), Jaibharali (at Jaibharali NTX) Puthimari (at Puthimari NTX) and Beki (at Beki NHX) are flowing above their warning levels.

- Overall flood situation in the State has improved substantially.

BIHAR

- Light rainfall has been reported in some parts of the State.

- Rivers Ghaghra (at Darauli) and Kosi (at Basua) are flowing above their warning levels.

UTTAR PRADESH

- Flood situation in the state is reported to be under control.

- Rivers Ganga (at Ankinghat), Yamuna (at Mathura), Ghaghra (at Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Turtipa), and Gandak (at Khadda) are flowing above their warning levels.

GUJARAT

- Moderate to heavy rainfall has been reported in several parts of the State. During the last 24 hours rainfall has been recorded in 205 Talukas.

- All rivers in the State are reported to be flowing below their danger levels.

- Narmada Dam: against the HFL 110.64 m at dam site, the present water level is 115.22 m i.e., overflowing at 4.58 m.

- All evacuated people are being provided with food, water and proper sanitation facilities.

- Relief and restoration work is in progress in the State.

- Power, water supply and road transport have been fully restored in all affected districts of the State.

- 213 persons are reported to have died due to drowning, collapse of house walls and lightning and 11 persons are reported missing.

- The State Government has deployed 931 medical teams, 301 medical officers, and 2,148 para-medics to the affected districts in the State.

WHO emergency medical relief team is in liaison with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and State Relief and Rehabilitation Department for arising technical assistance issues. Also WHO has provided the equivalent of US$11,600/- for contingencies concerning sanitation and disease surveillance. Similarly WHO has dispatched 11 Emergency Kits, each of which has emergency medicines for 10,000 population for 3 months.