India Flood Situation 29 Aug 2005

The monsoon rainfall activity remained subdued over most parts of the country as break monsoon conditions continued to prevail with the monsoon trough remaining close to the foothills of Himalayas. This condition is likely to prevail with scattered moderate rainfall over North-eastern states, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and the southern peninsular India for the next two days.
Yesterday's western disturbance, as an upper air cyclonic circulation extending up to 2.1 km above sea level over north Pakistan and adjoining Jammu & Kashmir, has moved away north-eastwards. Moderate rainfall activity over south Peninsula and North-eastern states is likely to continue. Rainfall is likely to increase over the Gangetic West Bengal and Orissa. A subdued rainfall activity is likely to continue over the rest of the India.

The forecast received from metrological department for different regions are as follows:


Rain/thundershowers are likely at isolated places over Uttaranchal, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.


Rain/thundershowers are likely at a few places over northeastern states, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim and isolated in the rest of the region outside East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand where weather will be mainly dry.


Rain/thundershowers are likely at many places over Lakshadweep, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and at a few places in the rest of the region outside interior Andhra Pradesh where it may be isolated.


Isolated rain/thundershowers are likely over Konkan, Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, Gujarat and mainly dry weather in the rest of the region.

According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 29th August 2005, there are no unprecedented flood sites. However, there are 01 high, 22 moderate and 25 low flood situation sites.


The weather has been reported to be generally dry. No river in the State is flowing above danger mark. River Ganga (at Ballia), Ghaghra (at Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya & Turtipar), Rapti (at Balrampur, Bansi & Gorakhpur) and Gandak (at Khadda) are flowing above their warning levels.

The water logging in Azamgarh town has improved. Water is being pumped out from the affected localities by means of 13 water pumps including two high capacity pumps. The situation is likely to normalize within next 2-3 days.350 country boats and 12 motor boats are being used for rescue and relief work.137 villages in Sagdi Tehsil and 48 villages in Mubarakpur tehsil are nearly marooned and transportation to these villages is being maintained through boats. About 2,000 people continue to stay in 22 relief camps. 32 deaths so far have been reported in the district.

Situation in Faizabad, Basti and Kushinagar has become nearly normal with flood water level in river Ghaghra going down below danger level. In Mau town, low lying areas near Tauns River have become water logged. Situation is reportedly under control.


No rains have been reported in the State in the last 24 hours.River Bagmati at Benibad is at High Flood and flowing at 49.75 m with a rising trend against the highest flood level of 50.01 m. Rivers Ganga, Burhi Ganders, Bagmati, Adhwara Group, Kamala Balan, Kosi and Mahananda are flowing above their danger marks at 12 places and above their warning levels at 10 other places in the State. Two breaches have been reported one each in the embankments of river Bhuri Balan and Kamla Balan in Madhubani district. One breach has been reported in the river Kamla Balan in Darbhanga district. The State administration is making efforts to repair the breaches.

In Sitamarhi district, all rivers have receded except Lakhandei river - flowing by Sitamarhi district headquarters - which continues to be in spate.90 villages in the district are reportedly affected and 150 boats are being used for their transportation.

The situation is reported to be under control.


In Karnataka, most of the people staying in relief camps in Belgaum and Bagalkot districts have been accommodated in temporary relief centres (made of CGI sheets) and now only about 39 relief camps are there with about 39,000 people staying in them. These camps will also be vacated within about 7 - 10 days after construction of relief centres.


In Maharashtra, about 4,000 people still continue to stay in relief camps in Raigad and Kolhapur districts.


Relief work in Gujarat has nearly been completed.


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, 2 Dengue Kits, 50 Leptospirosis diagnostic kits, 500 Chloroscopes and 12 Generators.

Support provided to the Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Diagnosis, Reference, Research and Training in Leptospirosis.

Disease Surveillance and water quality, being organized with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai in collaboration with UNICEF and NPSP.