Pune floods as Dams fill up

The incessant heavy downpour highly  affected Pune and the Konkan region, as public transport came to a halt.

Pune has received 55% more rainfall than the average this monsoon according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The average annual rainfall figure for the city is 497mm but Pune has received rains exceeding 630mm this year, which is significantly higher.

Trains from Pune to Mumbai along the Manmad- Daund route have been cancelled. The Deccan Express, Singhad Express and the Manmad Express too have been cancelled because of the heavy rains.

The bridge on the Mutha river which connects Deccan with the city’s Peth area, was submerged in water as Khadakwasla Dam released a huge volume of water.

No damage to life and property have been reported yet , said the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC) officials. But a number of tress have fallen due to the rains in certain parts of the city.

The continuous rainfall since Tuesday, September 19,  has filled the major dams around the state to its capacity. 23 dams out of 37 in the state had to release the excess water.

The intensity of the rainfall is  expected to reduce after Wednesday as per the IMD.

Sources: The Hindu

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Narendra Modi announces Rs 2 Lakh compensation for Assam and Rajasthan flood victims

As reported by Deccan Herald, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 31, 2017, announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs each for the kins of those who lost their lives during the flood havoc that struck Assam and Rajasthan. Rs 50, 000 is to be allotted to those who were seriously injured during the natural calamity in the two states. The destruction caused by the floods due to heavy rainshas claimed the lives of 50 persons in Assam and over 15 people have died in Rajasthan, according to Deccan Herald.

The two states have witnessed an epidemic damage leaving hundreds of people homeless apart from the loss of lives. The Prime Minister is expected to inspect the flood hit areas in Assam on August 1 to evaluate the situation. During the previous week, had visited the Gujarat and assessed the plight there.

Modi also added that a relief fund of Rs 50,000 will be sanctioned for each of the victims, who were wounded during the Ghatkopar building collapse that occurred in Mumbai on July 25. The death toll from the building collapse was around 17, as reported by Financial Express.

While speaking to the country on his monthly radio show ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi promised the provision of sufficient relief and assistance to the flood-hit states. He also ordered the crop insurance companies in the affected states to be considerate in settling the claims of the desperate farmers. He has also assured that the Army, the IAF, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and paramilitary forces will monitor the flood affected regions and engage in rescue operations; as reported by Zee News.

News Source: Deccan Herald, Financial Express

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South Bengal submerged in incessant rainfall

People crossing a waterlogged road in boat during heavy rain. Image Courtesy: PTI
People crossing a waterlogged road in boat during heavy rain.
Image Courtesy: PTI

Kolkata: Continuous and heavy downpour for over 18 hours, have marooned lived of almost 18 Lakh people in South Bengal. Excessive rain since the commencement of the monsoon season in mid-June had already left these districts facing a flood-like situation. The nightlong downpour, triggered by a deep depression, has intensified the situation further.

Inhabitants are struggling to reach workplaces, wading through knee- or waist-deep water. The Alipore weather office has foreseen heavy rainfall in south Bengal in the next 48 hours, and there are chances of high tide.

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of Bengal had cut short her London trip to return to her flood-ravaged state. She held a review meeting at Nabanna on Saturday and then visited the affected districts. Ms Banerjee added that her government will try to support the people affected by the flood with its own resources without seeking to the Centre for relief. “Did the Centre send any help for Darjeeling (where landslides killed many last month)?”, an annoyed Mamata shot back when questioned if she had sought the Centre’s aid.

946 relief camps have been set up where around 1,19,030 people have already taken shelter. Boats have been arranged to carry several lakh marooned people in safer areas.  26 out of 50 wards in Howrah were under waist-deep water on Saturday morning while all 35 wards of Panihati Municipality in North 24 Parganas met the same destiny.

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