India: Konkan region Maharashtra state floods situation report 28 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 (Mandangad, Dapoli, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Guhagar, Sangameshwar, Lanja and Rajapur) talukas) , Raigad (Panvel, Pen, Khalapur, Karjat, Alibag, Murud, Roha, Sudhagad, Tala, Mangaon, Shrivardhan, Mhasla and Poladpur talukas) and Thane and Mumbai, Pune (Maval, Khed, Velhe and Daund talukas) are affected including North and South Goa districts.

Population affected in Goa (north and South districts is 340,000 persons and 1.00 ha of cropped land was affected While rivers in Goa where water level is exceeding warning levels are Madei (Ganjem), Khandepar (opa Weir), Valvanti (Sanquelim Bridge) Bicholim (Nr Shantaduurga H school Bridge) Sal (Mungal Bridge)

Significant rainfall recorded in Maharashtra and Konkan & Goa region:

Mahableshwar -12 (cms), Kolhapur-6 (cms), Nasik 5 (cms) Aurangabad and Parbhnai 4 (cms) each
Today moderate rainfall is expected to occur at many places over Maharashtra and Goa and heavy rainfall over Gujarat.
Today's weather along the port area is Haze at 82° F the Wind is From West ward at 12 mph and Humidity is 74 %, Pressure 29.56 in, Dew Point 73° F, Visibility is 1.9 miles.
Weather forecast heavy rainfall likely to occur at few places with very heavy rainfall at isolated places over konkan - Goa during next 48 hours , heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada during same period and heavy rainfall also at isolated places in east Vidarbha during the same period.



As of 7. 15 pm (IST) 513 deaths have been reported in the state of Maharashtra while 267 people have been confirmed dead due to torrential rains in Mumbai. In Ratnagiri district 7 deaths reported in Chiplun, Mandangad and Dapoli and loss of 18 cattle &livestock. In Goa the death toll is 13

Mumbai City was water logged in pockets where the areas were low lying areas and near to the sea were affected due to high tides. Today the water has receded in certain pockets within the city limits .while sub urban areas are still being water logged.

Ratnagiri district all talukas: Mandangad, Dapoli, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Guhagar, Sangameshwar, Lanja and Rajapur have been affected. The water level in Chiplun taluka is 8-10 feet disrupting normal life as all stream are in full spate. Chiplun city is submerged in 1 -2 feet water the bridge connecting the Chiplun to Mumbai is washed away, in Mandangad landslide was reported. In Rajapur water logging has damage 142 shops, damages to roads and bridges and development of breaches along the embankments have resulted in overflowing of flood waters.

Kolhapur district 4 people reported dead and 1 seriously injured when a wall collapsed due to the heavy rain in Gadhinglaj taluka. 1000 people from Prayaschikli & Ambewadi village of Karveer taluka have been shifted to the safer place from the low lying areas. Food and medicines are being distributed to the affected people by district authorities and NGOs. Members of TDMC of Karveer and Gadhinglaj taluka are in high alert. They are in regular contact with the affected villages.discussion with the Pune Sub Area office of ARMY wind was held regarding the flood situation in the division. They have assured to help the district authorities according to the requirement. To meet the requirement of the fiber boats in Sangli district collected information from IDRN.

Pune city area (Pune Municipal Corporation & Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation) Two major Dams Pavana and Khadakwasla are almost 90% full in capacity. Khadakwasala dam has not released water till date, where as Pavana dam has been releasing water time to time with prior information. Yesterday 16000 cusec and today 6000 cusec of water released from Pavana dam. 3 casualty cases have been reported in Khed Taluka till date. Due to the over flow of rain water on railway track and express highway train and Bus communication to Mumbai has been disrupted. Due to bad weather air communication is also stopped. Goa In North Goa district 194 people were affected and in Bicholim Taluka 21 houses have been damaged in Villages Sarvan, Karapur, Navelim, Piligao & Latambercem, Cucnhelim village. The damage to private property is estimated to be about Rs 202,000 and to public is RS 3000. Also reports state that one person was washed away.

Transport Route affected


Traffic long the Kasara Ghat on Mumbai-Agra Road (National Highway No. 3) towards Nashik and Mumbai is blocked by Highway Police due to heavy rains & overtopping of floods on bridge near Shahapur & on Bhivandi Bypass. Also towards Mumbai the movement is blocked with traffic held up from both sides in Kasara Ghat of N.H.3 due to land Slow moving traffic in Kasara Ghat of N.H.3 from both lanes due to traffic jam. Heavy rains have also affected road transportation on National Highway 17.Th e Goa -Mumbai State highways has closed for traffic and the city roads connecting Ratnagiri to Kholaphur is closed

Rail ways: Trains have been regulated rail route

Konkan Railway section: Soil slippage between Mangaon-Veer, Anjani and Chiplun stations, track flooding between Kolad-Mangaon, and between Khed-Diwankhavati stations. Central Railway section: Track washout between Kasu and Nagothane stations and track sink between Apta-Jite stations.

South Western Railway: Landslide between Karanjol and Dudhsagar stations.


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 .

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

The local volunteering organization and district administration are providing food packets to the people housed in relief centers. primary schools have been converted into temporary shelters

In Goa all person shifted to relief camps due to flooding have returned back to their houses flood waters have receded.

The Indian air force is carrying out air dropping operation of relief material in the affected districts where road access is not possible.

Administrative actions

The Prime Minister had an ariel survey of the affected districts in Maharashtra and meet the sate chief minister, chief secretary and Secretary for Relief and Rehabilitation

The Centre has released Rs 830 million as immediate relief. The Union Home Secretary had an meeting with Inter-ministerial group on Disaster Management and stated the situation in the state was better than yesterday

Mumbai city air port is operational for domestic flights.

In North Goa District 172 people who took shelter in the relief centre in Bicholim town centre have gone back to their houses the remaining. The districts administration has processed to pay gratuitous relief as admissible under the disaster management relief scheme.

In Pune 50 families of Khed taluka and 400 families of Daund Taluka have been shifted to the safer place. 8321 people of 2705 families have been shifted to the safer place from the low line areas.

14 cases of water logging in residential areas have been restored in the Municipal cooperation

Ratnagiri district medical staffs are being deputed to monitor the sanitation condition to avoid out break of epidemic gratuitous amount of Rs 100,000 for dead and Rs 3000 for people injured is being paid by the districts administration

Restoration work is being carried out by the railway workers in full swing. In Ratnagiri the administration has restore power supply and telephone connections. Damaged bridges are being restores by the district line department

Trains cancelled/diverted are as follows:

- 2432 Rajdhani Exp diverted via Wadi, Guntakkal
- 2618 Mangala Exp diverted
- 2051/2052 Jan Shatabdi Exp cancelled
- 0103/0104 Mandovi Exp cancelled
- 2619 Matsyagandha Exp cancelled
- 6345 Netravati exp diverted
- KR6 Sawantwadi-Diva passenger train cancelled
- KR3/4 Dadar-Ratnagiri-Dadar passenger train cancelled

Due to water logging on Mumbai Suburban Section, Western Railway's long distance train services have been affected. The trains partially and fully cancelled are as under:

- Trains to be Cancelled: 9011 - Gujarat Express, 2009- Shatabdi Express, 9035- Bandra Terminus -Surat Intercity Express, 9215 -Saurashtra Express and 245 - Bandra Terminus -Vapi Passenger

- Train Partially Cancelled : 9023 - Mumbai Central - Firozpur Janta Express is cancelled between Mumbai Central and Valsad . It will return back from Valsad to Firozpur on 28/07/05 on its proper schedule .

Mumbai suburban rail services were partially restored which were affected due to torrential rains and heavy water logging on tracks. The partially restored routes are between church gate and mahalaxmi and also between bandra and virar stations. However, due to heavy water-logging at mahim and matunga stations all long distance train services from Mumbai central and bandra terminus have been cancelled.

Trains will be cancelled from the south railway section route are

- 2164 Chennai Central - Dadar Chennai Express
- 6012 Chennai Central - Mumbai CST Express
- 6010 Chennai Central - Mumbai Mails
- 6352 Nagercoil - Mumbai CST Express
- 1082 Kanniyakumari - Mumbai CST Express
- 6346 Trivandrum - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Nethravathi Express
- 1014 Coimbatore - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express
- 2620 Mangalore - Lokmanya Tilak Terminus Express


Red Cross and Red Crescent IRCS Maharashtra state branch has received 7000 packets of bread from the state relief department which were repacked into smaller packets containing 5-6 slices of bread each and then delivered at the helipad from where it will be air dropped by the government helicopters to the stranded people. The district of Ratnagiri has requested chlorine tablets from the state branch and the state DM Coordinator are trying to mobilise them.. IRCS volunteers have been supporting the government relief and rescue operations and have found one dead body. Red Cross two women volunteers are running community kitchens for two days by collecting food rations from the neighbours and an IRCS volunteer who mobilised medicines

WHO the emergency medical relief team is in touch with the Ministry of Health and family welfare and state relief and Rehabilitation department

UNDP staffs under the DRM programme in the affected state are assisting in the districts emergency information response coordination.


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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