India: South West Monsoon 2005 - Flood Situation Report 2 Jul 2005

A comprehensive status report on the flood situation in different parts of the country is given below:-

As per IMD's latest report, the upper air cyclonic circulation in the mid tropospheric levels (2-5 km) over Gujarat and neighbourhood continues to persist. Under its influence, active to vigorous monsoon conditions continue over Gujarat region, Saurashtra and adjoining Konkan with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places. This rainfall activity over these areas is likely to continue for next two days. Numerical prediction models indicate a possible reduction of heavy rainfall activity from 4th afternoon.

The depression over northeast Madhya Pradesh and adjoining east Uttar Pradesh moved in a west-northwesterly direction and now lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today close to Khajuraho in north Madhya Pradesh. It is likely to move in a west-northwesterly direction. Under its influence heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at a few places over Madhya Pradesh. Isolated heavy rainfall also likely over Uttar Pradesh. This rainfall activity is likely to extend westwards into northwest India.



Heavy rainfall has been recorded in South, Central and North Gujarat in last 24 hours and 36 Talukas have received rainfall exceeding 100 mm.

The water level of 3 rivers Vishwamitri in Vadodara, Shedhi, and Vatrak in Kheda are still flowing at their danger levels.

In all 59 dams are reported to be overflowing. 37 dams are on high alert, 10 dams on alert and 12 dams on warning level.

Damage :

No. and Names of districts affected : 18 out of 25

1. Surat, 2. Valsad 3. Navsari 4. Bharuch 5. Vadodara 6. Surendranagar 7. The Dangs 8. Ahmedabad 9. Anand 10. Kheda 11. Amreli 12 Bhavnagar 13 Junagadh 14. Rajkot 15. Narmada 16. Jamnagar 17. Gandhinagar 18. Sabarkantha

No. and Names of the districts severely affected: 7

1. Valsad 2. Navsari 3. Surat 4. Vadodara 5. Anand 6. Ahmedabad Rural 7. Kheda

No. of Talukas affected : 117

No. of villages affected : 8000-10000

Sama Village and Karjan & Padra Talukas in Vadodara district and Dholka Taluka in Ahmedabad district still inundated.

No. and names of Cities severely affected : 6

1. Vadodara, 2. Nadiad, 3. Ahmedabad 4. Navsari, 5. Surat, 6. Limbdi

No. of human deaths reported : 108

Infrastructure affected:

Power Supply

1. Villages affected - 4547; Towns affected -- 31

2. Power Supply restored -- 2815 villages and 22 towns

3. Power supply still disrupted - 1732 villages and 9 towns

4. No. Feeders still affected : 803 out of 1800

5. No. of distribution of Transformers still affected 364 out of 667

Road & Bridges

1. No. of State Roads still affected 170 out of 210

2. No. of Pancahayat roads still affected 929 out of 1117

3. No. of Bridges affected : one -- Raidi (Amreli) -- Restoration work is going on

Rescue & Relief Measures :

- 1.97 lakh persons have been evacuated.

- 9 Army columns have been deployed

- 6 out of 8 Air Force Helicopters have conducted sorties for relief and rescue operations.

- 600 trained SRP personnel and Police Force have been deployed

- Fire Brigade Trained Rescue Teams of all Municipal Corporations and Nagar Palikas deployed.

- CRPF deployment : 170 personnel have been deployed in Kheda

- 58 Boats deployed -- for rescue in affected districts : in Vadodara, Kheda, Anand and Ahmedabad rural.

- 08 Boats from Alang Shipyard deployed for rescue work in Dholka Taluka of Ahmedabad which is virtually marooned.

- Arrangement made for 1.5 lakhs food packets and 1.2 lakhs drinking water bottles.

- 500 medical teams deployed in affected districts

- GWSSB (Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board) has arranged water supply by tankers.

Review Meeting taken by Home Secretary:

The Union Home Secretary reviewed the flood situation in Gujarat with all the concerned Ministries / Departments in the meeting held on 2nd July, 2005 at 1200 noon. The gist of discussions and action taken by the Government of India are at Annexure.


There have been light to moderate rains in several parts of the State during the last 24 hrs.

All rivers in the State are flowing below the warning level.


There have been light to moderate rains in the State.

Jhelum and Chenab rivers are flowing below the danger level. However, due to rise in temperature, the snow has started melting and water level in both the rivers is increasing. With the rise in water, the low lying areas on the two banks of river Jhelum are likely to get inundated if the water level continues to rise.

3 weak spots were identified along the embankment of River Chenab at Akhnoor which have been strengthened/buttressed by the State agencies.

There is no immediate danger of flood.

The India Meteorological Department has informed that under the influence of approaching westerly trough, isolated rainfall activity is likely to prevail in Jammu & Kashmir in the next 2-3 days. The State Government has been alerted and advised to take appropriate action.


Two rivers in Rewa district viz. Behar and Bicchia are rising. Low lying areas are inundated. These rivers are likely to cross danger mark by this evening. 17 Relief Camps have been set up.

In Rewa district, 2000 persons have been affected and 500 persons have been shifted to relief camps.

River Tamas in Theonthar Tehsil is over flowing. In Satna district, water has entered in 16 villages. People have been evacuated from 11 villages.

There are reports of heavy rains in Rewa, Satna, Jabalpur, Katni, Umaria and in Sagar districts.

IMD has reported likelihood of heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places over Madhya Pradesh during the next 2-3 days, under the influence of depression over north-east Madhya Pradesh. The State Government has been alerted and advised to take appropriate action.


State Government has not received any report of occurrence of flood from any part of the State.

Dibrugarh, Naharkatia (Tinsukia), Nalbari, Lakhimpur, Hailakandi and Karimganj received heavy rains while low to moderate rainfall received at Cachar, Silvasagar , and Barpeta.

IMD forecast heavy rains at isolated places during next 48 hours.

Brahmaputra at Dibrugarh flowing steadily at 104.74 mtr. against its danger level 104.24 mtr.

No report of breach of embankments or inundation reported till now.

All other major rivers and their tributaries are flowing below danger level.


On 30.06.2005 at 0230 hrs, there was a cloud burst at Gobindghat near Joshimath. As a result, there were flash floods in the local Nallah in which 11 pilgrims are reported to have lost their life. A large number of vehicles, some shops and hotels are reported to have been damaged.

The State has organized rescue operations and six dead bodies have been recovered so far.

The Yatra routes have been opened. The situation is under control.

Light to moderate rains have been reported in various districts of the State.


The river Damanganga is flowing at 30.70 Mtr., i.e. above the danger level of 30.00 Mtr. The UT administration has set up a flood control room and situation is being monitored.


The situation in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, and Chattisgarh are normal.

( Ashim Khurana )
Joint Secretary (DM)


1. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.

2. Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (Shri BVR Subrahmanyam).

3. Prime Minister's Office (Shri Sanjay Mitra, Joint Secretary).

4. Cabinet Secretariat (Shri Shatrughana Singh, Joint Secretary).

Copy to:-

1. PS to HM/PS to MOSI.

2. PS to HS/PPS to Secretary (BM)/JS (DM)/Director (PR)/DS(NDM.I)/IOC, MHA/Master Folder.


Gist of discussions in the meeting taken by the Union Home Secretary on 2nd July, 2005 at 1200 noon to review the flood situation in Gujarat and action taken by the Government of India

i) It was informed that the Hon'ble Union Home Minister during his visit to the State yesterday announced Rs.500 crore to the Government of Gujarat for rescue and relief operations for management of floods.

ii) Ministry of Defence has reported that Army has made available 46 boats to the Government of Gujarat of which 31 have been deployed by the State Government for rescue and relief operations. An additional 34 boats have been moved by the army from Bangalore and Pune which will reach Gujarat by today evening. 20 boats have also been kept on standby at Secunderabad.

iii) 9 Army columns deployed are continuing relief and rescue operations and 7 columns are kept as reserve.

iv) The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has arranged dispatch of medicines and Air Force is air lifting 20 MT of bleaching powder. Both of these are expected to reach Gujarat by today evening i.e. 2.7.2005. A team of experts/epidemiologists will be sent by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to monitor the situation arising out of floods in respect of water borne diseases etc in consultation with the State Government.

v) A Team of Experts led by Shri M.K. Sinha (Dam expert) from the Ministry of Water Resources will leave for Vadodara in the morning of 3.7.2005 to make an on the spot assessment of the affected dams.

vi) As per IMD the prevailing weather conditions are likely to continue for 2-3 days as depression over Gujarat is still persisting. Gradual reduction in rainfall activity is expected only after 4th July afternoon. The situation, therefore, needs to be monitored till 5th July, 2005. Further, according to IMD, heavy rainfall is likely to occur over the next 2-3 days in J & K and Central Madhya Pradesh. Likelihood of floods in some parts of Madhya Pradesh cannot be ruled out. Based on the IMD forecast report advisories have been issued by MHA to both the States.

vii) The situation has improved with regard to air traffic in the State. Vadodara Airport which was closed for air traffic has become fully operational today morning. The road between Vadodara airport and the city is now functional and the passengers stranded have moved to their destinations.

viii) There is sufficient stock of POL in the State. An additional 800 KL of Kerosene has been authorized to the State and Indian Oil Corporation has been instructed accordingly. The State Government may now lift the additional requirement of Kerosene. The Vadodara refinery of IOC which was functioning with limited capacity is now functioning normally.

ix) There is no infrastructural damage to the installation of Doordarshan and All India Radio. The DD and AIR stations are working normally in the State. The relief operations undertaken and the report on improvement of the flood situation should be highlighted immediately through electronic media.

x) Technical manpower and necessary equipment have been mobilized for undertaking repair/restoration of telephone exchanges. 90 per cent of BSNL towers are functional and all affected areas are accessible through mobile telephones.

xi) The Ministry of Railways have started repair/restoration of affected railway tracks in 3 major locations, where water levels have receded. Senior officials are camping and supervising repair work. Technical manpower and necessary equipment have been mobilized by the Ministry of Railways for starting repair/restoration work in other affected areas as soon as the water level recedes.

xii) CRPF reported that 170 personnel are deployed at Kheda and one Coy (120 personnel) at Ahmedabad. 450 CRPF personnel who had been moved from Neemach have reached Gujarat and kept in stand by on the request of the State Government. As per the information from State Government additional para military forces personnel are not immediately required, hence 4 Coys of Rapid Action Force (2 Coys from Mumbai and 2 Coys from Bhopal), requisitioned earlier are now required only by 6th of July, 2005 and will be moved accordingly.

xiii) The National Highway Authority of India has undertaken repair/restoration of Ahmedabad -- Vadodara Expressway and by the evening of 2nd July, 2005 traffic will resume. A large number of villagers alongwith their cattle have taken shelter on the expressway hence advisory for speed limit of 40 KM per hour has to be issued to avoid accidents by the State Government.

xiv) The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has started repair/restoration work which is likely to be completed within next two days.

xv) The State Government indicated that there is no problem in the area of supply of drinking water.

xvi) As per Central Water Commission there are 12 flood forecasting sites in the State; of which 5 are located in reservoirs and 7 in rivers. As per the report received at 1000 hours on 2.7.2005 from the forecasting sites there is only one site at Madhuban dam indicating medium floods. The water level is 71.50 meter against Full Reservoir Limit (FRL) of 82.40 meter and the trend is rising. No other river in Surat division and Ahmedabad division is flowing above warning level. In Vadodara, the flooding may be due to water logging.

xvii) The State Government is required to assess the requirement of tents if any and ensure procurement of the same.

State Government has been requested to identify the Sectors in which considerable damage has taken place due to floods to enable the Ministry of Home Affairs in deciding the composition of Inter Ministerial Central Team, which will be deputed immediately upon receipt of Memorandum from the State Government for assessment of damage and requirement of funds.