India Flood Situation 23 Aug 2005

Situation Report
Originally published
There has been fairly a widespread rainfall with isolated heavy falls over Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, East Uttar Pradesh and Konkan & Goa. Scattered showers also occurred over Bihar, Jharkhand and Central Maharastra.
The upper air cyclonic circulation over central Uttar Pradesh persists and another upper air cyclonic circulation over the Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Jharkhand now lies over Bihar and its neighbourhood, extending up to Mid-troposopheric levels. Under this scenario enhanced rainfall activity is likely over the north-eastern States, Gangetic West Bengal, Sikkim, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, East Uttar Pradesh, Maharastra and Goa during the next 2-3 days.

The western end of the axis of monsoon trough continues to lie close to the foothills of Himalayas and its eastern end passes through Kanpur, Rewa, Ranchi, Shanti Niketan and thence southwards into the west central Bay of Bengal. Under these conditions the rainfall activity over northwest India is likely to remain subdued in the next 3-4 days.

According to the forecast received from metrological department:

North: Rain/thunder showers are likely at many places over East Uttar Pradesh, a few places over West Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal and isolated in the rest of the region.

East: Rain/thunder showers are likely at most places over North-eastern States and at many places in the rest of the region.

South: Rain/thunder showers are likely at a few places over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Telangana and Coastal Karnataka and isolated in the rest of the region.

West: Rain/thunder showers are likely at many places over West Madhya Pradesh, a few places over Maharashtra & Goa and isolated in the rest of the region.

Warning: A heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over North-eastern States and isolated over Orissa, Chhattisgarh and East Madhya Pradesh. An isolated heavy rainfall is also likely over Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and East Uttar Pradesh.


Light to moderate rains have been reported in Konkan and Vidharbha region of the state. Out of 27 major dams of the state, there was no outflow from 7 dams. Outflow level from 05 dams in the State, discharging more than 10,000 cusecs each are given below:-

Dam outflow: (in cusecs)

Koyna: 19,000
Pandarpur: 60,000
Sangam: 69,000
Ujani: 50,000
Bhima: 25,000


The total casualties figures are as under:

Deaths -- 1099 Injured -- 175 Missing - 113

The post-flood diseases continue to be reported in the State. The largest numbers of patients have been registered for complaints of gastro-enteritis and fever. Cases of Jaundice, Malaria, Dengue, Cholera, Leptospirosis and other diseases are also being reported. 4,792 cases of various diseases have been reported in last 24 hours. A total of 9 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. (Leptospirosis -7 and Malaria -- 01)

Medical teams deployed: About 1,289 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. 41 mobile medical units continue to operate in flood affected areas in Mumbai City.

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.

At present, approximately 6,110 people are staying in relief camps.


Moderate to heavy rainfall has been reported in Belgaum and Coastal Karnataka. The water level in Almatti dam stands at 518.62 m as against the full level of 519.60 m. It has an inflow of 1.31Lakh cusecs and outflow of 1.56 Lakh cusecs. Decrease in water level in rivers Krishna has been reported.

85,000 people are still staying in 100 relief camps in the State. More people are likely to join these relief camps with further evacuations in Belgaum district. The situation is under watch.

Cumulative impact

The cumulative impact of the recent floods in Karnataka is given below :-

Districts affected
Villages affected
Talukas affected
Population affected
29.05 lakh
Human lives lost
Cattle/livestock lost
No. of houses damaged

Relief operations

Six Platoons of KSRP are assisting the State administration in post flood relief measures. Four hundred Home Guard personnel continue to be deployed and are being utilized for post-flood relief measures and for disposal of animal carcasses.

Fifteen Medical teams of doctors as well as about 20 veterinary doctors have been deployed in Belgaum and Bagalkot districts for taking preventive measures against spread of epidemic diseases. Sufficient medicines/drugs have been stocked in all the affected districts. Besides, 38 ambulances have been made available and kept in readiness for use in the affected areas.

Madhya Pradesh

Moderate to heavy rainfall has been reported in several parts of the State. Due to heavy rainfall in catchment areas of rivers Soan and Dev have come into spate and have flooded about 12 villages in Balaghat district affecting about 2500 people. All affected people have been evacuated and shifted to safer places. Most of them have moved to their relatives' houses but about 300 of them have been accommodated in 10 relief centres. The district administration has arranged for supplying food to the people staying in relief centres.

It is reported that 3 tehsils -- Baihar, Lonji, Kirnapur -- are cut off from district headquarters because of submergence of connecting bridges on rivers Soan, Ghissari and one nallah which are flooded. It is further reported that the water level in these rivers has slowly started receding.

The situation is under watch.


Rivers flowing above danger level

Rivers Brahmaputra and Dhansiri (S) are flowing above their danger marks as per details given above under the head "Central Water Commission"

Rivers flowing above warning level

The rivers Brahamaputra (at Neamatighat, Tezpur & Dhubri), Jiabharali ( at Jiabharali ATX), Puthimari (at Puthimari NTX), Kushiyara (at Karimganj), Beki (at Beki NHX) and Sankosh (at Golakganj) are flowing above their warning levels.


River Ganga at Farakka is flowing at 21.72m i.e. below the danger level of 22.25m with a falling trend. All other rivers are also flowing below their danger levels.


Due to heavy siltation in river Satluj, all four units (out of total six) of Nathpa Jhakira Hydro Power Station operational till 19th August, had to be closed down. However, one Unit (250 Megawatt) has been restarted on 21st August afternoon.

The situation continues to be under observation


Light rains have been reported in some parts of the State during the last 24 hours.

Narmada Dam: against the HFL 110.64 m at dam site, the present water level is 112.04 m i.e., overflowing at 1.40 m.

The State Government has deployed 711 medical teams, 281 medical officers, and 1871 para-medics in the affected districts in the State.

WHO: Emergency medical relief team is in liaison with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and State Health and Relief and Rehabilitation Departments for proving technical assistance. Also WHO has provided the equivalent of US$11,600/- for contingencies concerning sanitation and disease surveillance. Similarly WHO has dispatched 2 Dengue Kits, 500 Chloroscopes, 50 diagnostic kits for leptospirosis & 11 Emergency Kits each of which has emergency medicines for 10,000 populations for 3 months. WHO NPO from CDS cluster and NPSP personnel are presently providing technical support to the local agencies at Mumbai for the disease surveillance programme. Support provided to the Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Diagnosis, Reference, Research and Training in Leptospirosis). Technical support is being provided for disease s in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and UNICEF.