India: Maharashtra and Goa Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0124

OCHA Situation Report No. 4
India (Maharashtra, Goa)- Floods
5 August 2005

This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in New Delhi and the National Disaster Management Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, India.


1. Continuous monsoon rains since the beginning of July continues flooding in several parts of India including states of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra. The situation in Maharashtra, Orissa, and Madhya Pradesh has stabilized after experiencing flooding in low-lying areas.


2. Floods and landslides have reportedly caused 1,044 deaths, 147 injuries, 49 missing persons and affected 25,000 people in 2,300 villages. There is a new landslide reported in Raigad. The number of casualties has not yet been unidentified. The situation in the costal districts of Mumbai Metropolis, Thane, Ratnagiri, Taigad, Pune, and Sindhudrug is stabilizing.


3. The state experienced the second floods on 30 July, with the districts of Jajpur, Bhadrak and Kendrapada experiencing flash floods. Reportedly 8 persons are dead, 1,480,635 persons have been affected.


4. Four districts and 110,000 people have been affected. Official reports state 109 deaths, 24,176 houses damaged.

Madhya Pradesh

5. Due to weak drainage system, water was flooded the low lying areas.

National Response


6. A total of 142,000 people from low-lying areas in Pune, Raigad and areas of the river Konya have been evacuated. 250 relief camps have been opened for evacuated population. The state has deployed 2,000 municipal employees to carry out debris clearance in Mumbai and suburban areas.

200 medical teams made up of 1 medical officer and 3 para-medical staff in each team have been deployed in the affected districts. Water supply has not yet resumed but repairing work is being carried out. Power supply is partially restored while it will take two more days for full restoration in Mumbai suburban districts.

The government of Maharashtra is conducting a damage assessment on the loss and sepecial needs of Mumbai. The State, in a report to the government of India, has highlighted the measures to be taken to replace its drainage system and people living in slums in low-lying areas need to be provided with options to resettle to safer places.


7. Jajpur, Bhadrak, and Kendrapada district administrations have sanctioned relief for three days. So far, 344,857 persons have been evacuated into temporary shelters. Several medical teams are in the field for the treatment of victims. Medicines and water purifying tablets are being distributed.


8. Approximately 85, 500 people were evacuated to safer places. The Indian Air Force helicopters have been deployed for rescue and relief operations and 150 relief camps have been opened.

Madhya Pradesh

9. 12,000 people have been evacuated to safer places in 19 relief camps. 19 medical camps have also been opened. The state has been distributed 10,000 food packets while NGOs have also distributed 4,000 food packets to the affected people. Situation of the state is under control.

Additional Assistance

10. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) mobilized and distributed relief items (rice, biscuits, sheets, local food packets). IRCS national headquarters has sent 10,000 water purification tablets and 5,000 family kits. Water and sanitation units were dispatched from warehouses in Chennai and near Delhi.

11. The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) hosted an Inter-agency meeting attended by NGOs and Secretary of Relief and Rehabilitation department in Mumbai on 4 August and decided to set up facilitating group of NGOs based on needs and requirement for relief items.

12. The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided the equivalent of USD11, 600 for contingencies for sanitation and disease surveillance. Similarly WHO has dispatched 11 Emergency Kits, each of which has emergency medicines for 10,000 people for 3 months.

13. UNDP staff members in the affected states are assisting in relief and Rehabilitation division of state and at district's Collectors in emergency information and response coordination.

14. OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Delhi 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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