13 Jul 2022

18 killed in rain-related incidents in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh

At least 18 people, including six children, were killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, while thousands were evacuated and forced to stay in shelters amid continued heavy rains in the states on Tuesday.
Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds lashed Mumbai and its suburbs and also inundated many parts of the city within hours, knocking out road traffic at some places.

Heavy showers occurred at isolated places in eastern Rajasthan, while several other parts of the state received light to moderate rains.

Mount Abu and Pratapgarh recorded a maximum of 8 cm of rainfall per day. Showers in Delhi also brought down the mercury but caused traffic snarls and waterlogging in parts of the city where the minimum settled at 26.2 degrees Celsius, a degree below normal.

According to India Meteorological Department data, Delhi recorded 2 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours till 8:30 am on Tuesday.

However, IMD data showed that five districts in Delhi have reported rainfall deficiency so far this monsoon due to poor distribution of rains.

On average, Delhi has been 23 percent deficient in rainfall - measuring 90.4 mm of rain against the normal of 116.9 mm since June 1, when the monsoon season begins.

Three children were killed and four others injured after they were struck by lightning amid rains in Madhya Pradesh's Agar Malwa district.

Heavy downpour lashed other areas of Gujarat where six people died in rain-related incidents in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 69 since June 1.

A total of 27,896 people have been evacuated from the flood-hit areas and 18,225 of them have remained in shelters, while others have returned home, State Disaster Management Minister Rajendra Trivedi said.

While heavy rains lashed districts in south Gujarat since last few days, parts of Kutch and Rajkot in Saurashtra region also witnessed heavy rains since Monday evening, officials said.

According to the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC), Anjar taluka in Kutch received 167 mm rainfall in six hours from 6 am on Tuesday, while Gandhidham taluka in the district received 145 mm rainfall.

Narmada, Surat, Dang, Valsad and Tapi districts of south Gujarat and Panchmahal and Chhota Udepur in the central part of the state witnessed heavy rains in the last day.

The IMD has issued a 'red alert' for heavy to very heavy rains in Valsad, Navsari, Surat, Tapi, Dang, Narmada, Chhota Udepur districts as well as Kutch, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka and Morbi in Saurashtra region till Wednesday morning.

Heavy rains continued to lash parts of Maharashtra.

At least nine people, including three children, died in rain-related incidents, while 95 people were evacuated from flooded areas.

Thirteen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and three teams of the State Disaster Response Force have been deployed in vulnerable areas of the state, officials said.

The Met department has issued a red alert for extremely heavy rains at isolated places for Nashik, Palghar and Pune districts for the next three days.

Heavy rains also forced schools and colleges to remain closed in Nashik city, where people in flood-prone areas were asked to move to safer places.

Nashik city received 97.4 mm of rainfall in the 24 hours till 8:30 am on Tuesday.

Palghar district adjoining Mumbai received 109.9 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Tuesday, but there is no flooding.

Thane district received 106.3 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours ending at 8:30 am on Tuesday.

Two people were killed after a structure collapsed in suburban Mumbai, while one person drowned in eastern Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, authorities said.

Three Madhya Pradesh residents have died and are missing along with many others after their vehicle was swept away from a flooded bridge amid rains in the state's Nagpur district on Tuesday.

The deceased were residents of Betul district in MP.

Incessant showers have affected 10 villages in suburban areas of Gadchiroli, Nandurbar and Mumbai.

Three minor siblings drowned in a water-filled pit in Maharashtra's Pune district's Chakan area on Tuesday.

Children between the ages of four and eight drowned while swimming in a pit dug by a farmer near their house and water accumulated in it due to the rains.

Four people were injured, including two critically, after part of a dilapidated residential building collapsed in Pune city.

The water resources department has started releasing 284.16 cusecs of water from the Gangapur dam in Nashik district following the rise in the Godavari river.

Seventy people were evacuated by authorities in Nashik district and 25 in Gadchiroli district as a precautionary measure.

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