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India: Situation report - Deep depression/flood, 25 Jun 2007

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Deep Depression - South West Monsoon

Heavy rainfall of more than 25 cm was experienced in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Central Maharashtra (Vidarbha), Goa, Karnataka, south Orissa, south Chhattisgarh since last week (21st June). The states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka experienced flash floods due to heavy rains.

States (Districts) affected due to heavy rainfall

- Districts of Andhra Pradesh: Prakasam, Cuddapah, Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, Visakhapattinam, Srikakulam, Ananthapur, Cuddapah, Kakinanda, Nalgonda.

- Districts of Kerala: Idukki, Kozhikode, Pathanamthitta, Malapuram, Palakkad, Kottayam, Thrissur Ernakulam, Alapuzha,

- Districts of Karnataka: Dakshina Kannada, Shimoga, Chickmagalur, Kodagu, Udupi, Hassan, Uttara Kannada, Raichur, Kodagu, Bagalkote, Mangalore, Mysore, & Koppal.

- District of Tamil Nadu: Dindigul, Erode, Kanchipuram, Karur, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Thanjavur, Theni, Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Vellore, Virudhunagar districts and Puducherry (UT).

- Districts of Maharashtra: Ratnagiri, Raigarh, Thane, Sangli, Nasik, Kolhapur, Pune (City), Satara, Mumbai City & sub-urban areas.

- Districts of Assam: Cachar, Karimganj, Halakandi, Demaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang and Marigaon

- Districts of Bihar: Sitamarhi , Muzaffarpur

Current forecast on the Monsoon states that yesterday's weakened deep depression over Marathawada region i.e. part of Central Maharashtra has moved northwestwards and marked into a low pressure area over northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining areas of Saurashtra and Kutch (Gujarat). However widespread rainfall still continues over Goa (Konkan) including Mumbai, Central Maharashtra, Gujarat and Coastal Karnataka during next 1-2 days and would decrease in intensity. Wave height of 1.5 to 2.5 meters would be experienced along south central and west coastal areas of Goa (Konkan), south Maharashtra and coastal Karnataka, and coast of Gujarat. The visibility will be moderate along the coast and there is likelihood of experiencing strong south - westerly gusty winds.

DAMAGE DETAILS:

- Andhra Pradesh: 41 deaths, including that of 8 fishermen still missing and 10 dead people due to landslide was reported from districts of Prakasam, Cuddappa, Karimnagar, Sirukakulam, Kurnool, East and West Godavari. Disrupted rail and road traffic has returned to normalcy.

- Kerala: 4776 houses were partially collapsed and 454 houses fully damaged in 14 affected districts. 29 deaths have been reported of which 4 persons died due to landslides. Breaches have occurred along seawalls off the coast of Alappuzha, Kollam, Thiruvanatapuram and Kannur districts. Landslips were reported from Wayanad, Kozhikode and Idukki districts. A threat for outbreak of Chikungunia persists in some of the districts.

- Karnataka: 39 deaths were reported from districts of Belgaum, Madikeri, Bellary, Shimoga,

Gulbarga, Karwar and Koppal. State Highways in districts of Kodagu and Raichur was closed for road movement due to overflowing of Maski dam and bridges. In Udupi District rivers have crossed danger levels. - Tamil Nadu: A flood alert was issued to low lying areas surrounding Siruvani catchment area of Noyyal and Bhavani rivers in Coimbatore district.

- Goa: Rivers Veluz and Gotolli nalla are flowing above the warning level. 31 houses are partially damaged due to falling of trees. In North District several electrical poles were uprooted due to strong winds.

- Maharashtra: 10 houses have collapsed. 18 deaths reported and 7 persons injured due to landslide in three areas of Ratnagiri district and Mumbai sub-urban area. Rail and air traffic were delayed.

- Assam: 364 villages were affected in 7 districts. Rivers flowing above the warning level are Brahmaputra, Subnasiri, Desang, Kopili, Puthimari, Beki, Katakhal and Kushiyara. Breaches along embankments reported in Karimbanj , Cachar and Hailakandi districts.

ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES:

- Andhra Pradesh: District administration has opened 68 relief camps in the affected districts while 24,869 people have been evacuated to safer places. Army Column of 100 personals was deployed to assist the district administration in relief activities.

- Kerala: 10,921 people have been housed in 97 relief camps. District administration has supplied food items sufficient to sustain for 2 weeks. The State Government has granted Rs. 250,000 from Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) to districts collectors for immediate relief activities and payment of exgratia. The injured are being treated at the Medical College Hospital.

- Tamil Nadu: Water from Pilloor dam was released into Bhavani River and people from surrounding areas in Nellithurai, Mettupalayam, Sirumugai and Alangompu were asked to move to safer places. District administration and other departments are monitoring the situation.

- Goa: District fire bridges have cleared the fallen trees in North and South Districts.

- Bihar: 1,255 persons have been evacuated and 9 relief camps have been opened to house 14,909 people. Essential food items have been distributed.

- Assam: 300 people have been evacuated in Hailakandi and Cachar Districts. Essential food items have been distributed.

- Central assistance would be offered to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka.

Source:

- Disaster Management Division, MHA

- Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)

For Further Information contact:

Mr Sushil Kumar
Assistant Resident Representative
DRM Programme, UNDP
e-mail: sushil.kumar@undp.org
Mobile: 91+9818534995

Mr G Padmanabhan
Emergency Analyst, UNDP
e-mail: g.padmanabhan@undp.org
Mobile: 91-98104 02937

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