India: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0189
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
India - Floods
27 October 2005

This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in New Delhi and the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok.


1. A deep depression developed over southwestern Bay of Bengal and has intensified into a cyclonic depression and is moving in a northwesterly direction. Under its influence, widespread heavy rainfall with strong wind with speeds of up to 65 km/h have occurred over southern States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Orissa. Media reports claim that more than 100 people have died in five days of heavy rains and around 50,000 people have been evacuated. Officials have warned that the depression could turn into a cyclonic storm.

Tamil Nadu State (Chennai)

2. Several low-lying areas of North Chennai, the capital, have been waterlogged. Traffic movement has been disrupted. Scheduled international and domestic flights have been diverted or delayed. Four thousand people have been evacuated to 250 temporary shelters. The State Government has closed schools and colleges in three districts of Chennai. Kirshnagiri District reported that 300 houses have been damaged and 1,500 acres of cultivable land has been flooded.

Karnataka State (Bangalore)

3. Three areas have been waterlogged. There are problems of access to drinking water and power failures. The South Western Railway has cancelled most of the Chennai-bound trains. The traffic police have requested people not to use their vehicles due to waterlogging in the city.

West Bengal State

4. Waterlogging of low-lying areas has affected 100,000 people in three districts. The State Government has released 1,200 MT of rice and 32,000 pieces of tarpaulins.

Orissa State

5. One district was affected with road communication disruptions in a few places. The situation has improved in the District with no rains since 26 October. The State Government is closely monitoring the situation and is issuing necessary instructions. The District Administration initiated three days emergency relief. Measures to improve conditions of the health, veterinary, water and sanitation sectors have also been undertaken.

6. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in New Delhi and ROAP, and will revert with further information as required. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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