India: Konkan region Maharashtra state floods situation report 27 Jul 2005


The flood situation in Maharashtra caused due to heavy rains since July 24 over Marathwada and active over most places in Konkan-Goa, Madhya Maharashtra flooded upper stream catchment areas of river Kal and Savitira. Heavy rains have caused disruption in rail and road traffic in Konkan region affecting Ratnagiri, Raigad, and Thane and Mumbai districts. During the past 24 hrs Raigad and Ratnagiri districts received more than 200 mm affecting 3505 families in Mahad, Mangaon and Chiplun taluka while Mumbai and Thane rainfall was received more than 500 mm. Mumbai metropolis continued to remain cut -off by road and air links also experiencing gutsy winds with a speed of 45 kms to 60 kms per hour as per forecasts in city and suburbs areas. Goa under the spate of heavy rains is experiencing flooding of low lying areas in Khareband, Ravanfod, Benaulim areas near Margo in South Goa district and in North Goa district low lying areas of Bicholim town centre and Mala Panaji have been affected due to heavy rains and high tide conditions in the rivers



Towns affected severely by floods are Roha, Mahad , Mangaon in Raigad district, and Khed and Chilun in Ratnagiri district. Traffic on National Highway was disrupted on the Chiplun-Roha section, the Mumbai -Goa NH is submerged at many stretches disrupting traffic movement. The low-lying areas of Rajapu, Khed and Dapoli tehsils and Mahad in Mangoan Taluka and Chiplun taluka were submerged. Due to water logging of rail tracks trains have been stopped along between Pune -Mumbai .Reports of landslide in villages Juigaon in Mahad taluka, Lohar Sawant Kudhegaon of Poladpur taluka and Mundhegaon in Ratnagiri district was reported. 150 people have been trapped in a landslide in Juigaon of Mahad taluka . while 23 death have been reported from Raigad, 6 in Ratnagiri and 4 in Thane. Villages Charvali and Sonya area (Raigad district) were flooded while 40 houses in Kodoli village in Kalhapur districts were inundated.

Mumbai City experienced water logging of low lying areas, roads and streets affecting santacruz and colaba areas . As rains continued paralyzed road, rail and domestics air traffic leading to suspension of long distance and suburban trains between Mumbai -Pune -Raigad -Ratnagiri route. Also out bound long -distance trains were cancelled and in coming trains were diverted. The domestics air flights to and out of Mumbai city airport were canceled as the runway was water logged and flights were diverted to Goa, Nagpur, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai city air ports . International flights have been diverted to Chennai, Delhi and Calcutta air ports. Power supply has been disconnected due to collapse of electric poles and communication networks were hampered in suburban areas.

In Pune Rivers Karad and Pawana over flowed along the flood plains areas forcing the dam gates in Chiplun to be opened and leading to flooding of Pimpri Chicnwad Township


Landslide reported in Dicarpale village in south Goa districts due to torrential rains. 9 death have been reported due to landslide. Trains traffic along the Konkan rail section have been affected due to soil slippage and water logging of low tracks .


Relief & Rescue operations

The Government called in the Army, Navy and Air Forces to carry out search and rescue operations. Air force helicopters would be deployed to air drop food packets. One column of army has been deployed in Ratnagiri and Raigad district. 10, 000 people have bene evacuated to safer places.

Indian Navy personnel deployed in Mangaon and Mahd and Chiplun talukas

Army column have reached the landslide site in Chiplun taluka while PWD are carrying clearance of debris.

Food packets distributed in Mangoan, Ratnagiri and Raigad districts . Food and drinking water is being provided to the stranded railway passengers

The trains stranded near Badlapur and Ambernath stations are being pooled to the nearest platform by diesel engines.

PWD are taken up restoration work of NH roads to resume traffic movement.

Administrative actions

An emergency meeting was held today with the Chief Minister to undertake resource and relief operations in the flood affected konkan region. It has been proposed that the Chief Minister would be visiting the affected areas in Raigad district tomorrow.

The state Relief and Rehabilitation Department as released sufficient funds to the districts administration for relief expenditure. All emergency support function lines departments are carrying out relief operations, while medical teams are being constituted for surveillance of health needs

Maharashtra government declared a two days public holiday for schools in Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan and appealed to people not to commute by trains till the flood water recede. To help the stranded commuters at railways BEST Mumbai transport will ply adequate buses service from railway stations .

The chief Secretary ad Relief Commissioner would be making are ariel survey of the affected districts and met the Chief Minister of the state

Schools and community halls are being used as temporary shelters to accommodate the evacuated people and stranded commuters in the suburban areas of Mumbai and Thane district.

A detailed damage assessment survey would be undertaken in the affected districts once the flood water recedes

The power at the Sahara International Airport was switched off as safety measure due to flooding of the control rooms

Districts and state administration are constantly monitoring the situation and providing required assistances.

In South Goa District 275 person have been evacuated to Fatorda Sport Complex in Magoan while 182 person have taken shelter in Bicholim town centre and Agarshala of Bicholim

The district administration has made necessary arrangements for supply of food in the temporary shelters


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 Relief and Rehabilitation ,

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)

Central Water Commission (CWC)

UNDP For Further Information G Padmanabhan Emergency Analyst UNDP Delhi

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