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India: South West Monsoon 2005 - Flood Situation Report 5 Aug 2005

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

During past 24 hours:

The low pressure area over Jharkhand and neighbourhood persists and has caused moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls over Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls continued over Gujarat region, Konkan & Goa and Madhya Maharashtra.

Forecast valid for next 24 hours

The ongoing rainfall activity with isolated heavy falls is likely to continue over Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and east Madhya Pradesh. The rain belt may extend into Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh subsequently.

Moderate rainfall is likely at many places with isolated heavy falls over Gujarat region, Konkan & Goa, Madhya Maharashtra and Vidarbha.

Increase in the rainfall activity is also likely over western Himalayan region and adjoining plains or northwest India.

CENTRAL WATER COMMISSION

According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 5th August 2005, there are No Unprecedented or High flood sites. There are 01 Moderate and 20 Low flood situation sites.

The details of the moderate flood site are as under:

1. River Brahmaputra at Dibrugarh (Assam) is flowing at 104.91 m against the danger level of 104.24 m with a rising trend.

MAHARASHTRA

Rainfall activity over Mumbai and Konkan region has reduced to a large extent. Light rains in Mumbai and its suburbs have been reported. Moderate to heavy rains in Madhya Maharashtra and Vidarbha have been reported.

River Godavari at Kopergaon is flowing at 491.30 m as against the warning level of 490.90 m with a falling trend.

Almost all reservoirs in the state are overflowing because of excess rain water fed into them. Total water released from the Koyna Dam is being gradually reduced. Today afternoon 20,000 cusecs water was released from this dam. However from a number of other dams, 1-3 lakh cusecs water has been released today (Khadagwasla, Pandarpor, Sangam, Ujai, Sangli, Akali and Suranapul)

In view of flooding of Koyna, Krishna, Mula & Mutha rivers, a number of villages in Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Solapur districts have been affected.

Due to release of excess water from different dams in Maharashtra, severe flooding has occurred in the river basins of Krishna and Koyna rivers in the State. Kolhapur and Sangli districts are facing large scale flooding because the excess rise in the river is not flowing out fully, as discharge level at Almatti dam in Karnataka has not fully absorbed the excess water thus creating a back push. In this connection, the Govt of Maharasthra has taken up case with the Govt. of Karnataka yesterday. However the Relief Commissioner Karnataka has confirmed that release of water from Almatti dam stands at 4.20 lakh cusecs as against 3.00 lakh cusecs flowing into the dam as on 4/8/2005.

2.50 lakh people in 2300 villages in Pune, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Solapur districts have been affected. 1.38 lakh people have been evacuated and accommodated in 250 relief camps. Some affected people have proceeded to their relatives' homes.

The State has engaged more than 2000 municipal employees, drawing them from non-affected areas, for assisting in clearing and scavenging work in the affected districts.

About 1,000 employees have been called from non-affected talukas within each of the affected districts to assist administration for survey and relief distribution work. Similarly, the State has called up 2,000 employees from non-affected districts for assisting the survey and relief work in the affected districts.

The State has constituted Teams headed by Guardian Ministers from State Government as well as Guardian Secretaries as Members from the State Administration for supervising survey and relief work in the affected districts.

State of roads

All road movement in the City of Mumbai has resumed normal functioning. However, due to bad road condition with mud, garbage and potholes left behind by the receding flood waters, traffic movement is plying at about 75 per cent service level. Public transport in the city is plying at full strength. However, only about 70 -- 75 per cent private transport is reported to be moving on these roads at present. With weather clearing up, repair work on the roads has been re-started.

Mumbai-Pune Express Way continues to be open. Mumbai-Goa National Highway (NH-17) has also been opened yesterday evening and normal traffic is likely to resume on this road today.

State of railways

In Mumbai city, all the three railways (Harbour, Central and Western Railways) have started operating, although at a reduced frequency level of about 80 per cent.

With normalcy returning in the Mumbai city, people have started going to their offices and therefore pressure on traffic system continues. However, the frequency of train services has further improved from 15-minute interval to 10-minute interval today (The normal frequency involves movement at 3-minute interval).

The Konkan and Central Railways are likely to re-start their service operation after 6th August, because railway track at Ambivali station (about 400 mtrs long) needs to be repaired. However, Central Railway is running 3-4 special trains, using railway tracks of Western Railway for about 400 kms in Mumbai region, and then the trains resume their normal route.

The Western Railway is functioning at 70 per cent service level.

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