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Rain continues to ravage parts of India, causing damage to bridges in Goa and floods in Assam and UP

The past few days have been marked by incessant rains in several states, including Maharashtra, Goa, and Andhra Pradesh, while India is experiencing one of the wettest Octobers on record. During the first fortnight of October, India received 82.5 mm of rainfall.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that south Peninsular India may experience isolated heavy rains over the next five days due to rain-related accidents and flooding.

Maharashtra

Mumbai’s monsoon withdrawal may be delayed by several days as rain continued to lash the city on Friday evening. Until 5.30 pm on Friday, IMD’s Santacruz observatory recorded 13.3 millimetres of rain. Several areas in the eastern suburbs of Mumbai recorded rainfall over 50 millimetres in accordance with the rainfall data maintained by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

As a result of heavy rains, eight incoming flights to Mumbai were diverted to nearby airports.

As a result of heavy rainfall on Friday afternoon, several parts of Pune were experiencing traffic snarls. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, Shivajinagar – the worst-affected region – recorded 78.1 millimeters of rain between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (12 hours) and 74.3 millimeters between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. (1.5 hours). Rainfalls were recorded in Pashan, Magarpatta, Lavale and Chinchwad between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm (12 hours).

According to PTI, two people died after being struck by lightning in a hamlet in Bhiwandi in the Thane district on Friday evening amid heavy rains. The incident took place in Phulorepada in Chiradpada village around 6 pm, according to Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management cell chief Avinash Sawant.

The level of the Manjara dam that provides water for irrigation to Latur and neighbouring areas in Maharashtra has reached almost 90% of storage capacity, prompting officials to announce on Friday that if rains continue in the catchment areas, the dam’s gates may have to be opened.

Goa

The Mandovi river was washed away by a small bridge on the Mandovi river, leaving at least 40 tourists stranded near Dudhsagar waterfall in South Goa after heavy rains caused the water level to rise suddenly. On Saturday, officials stated that the survivors were rescued by state-appointed lifeguards.

The incident occurred during the incessant rains that pounded the state on Friday evening. Lifeguards were lauded for their heroic efforts by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

A small bridge on the Mandovi river washed away due to a sudden rise in water level due to heavy rains, leaving at least 40 tourists stranded near the Dudhsagar waterfall. According to a senior police official, the tourists were stranded on the waterfall side.

Assam

Despite heavy rains, the flood situation in Assam remained grim on Friday, according to an official bulletin. Flood waters inundated Arunachal Pradesh and several areas of the state following heavy rains. According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the districts affected are Darrang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar, Majuli, Nagaon, and Tinsukia.

Students wade through a waterlogged street following rains in Guwahati on October 11, 2022. (PTI)

In the northeastern state, heavy rains have caused the third wave of flooding since Monday. According to the bulletin, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger level at Nematighat in Jorhat district and Tezpur. A total of 283 villages under 24 revenue circles have been affected by flooding.

Karnataka

The IMD has issued a yellow alert for Bengaluru for October 15 and has forecast light to moderate rain until October 19. There is a possibility of heavy rain in other parts of Karnataka. In coastal Karnataka, heavy rain is likely to occur in isolated areas in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada; in North Karnataka, Belgavi, Kalburgi, Bagalkote, Yadgir, Vijayapura, Raichur, and Koppal; in Chamarajanagar; and in Bangalore Rural, Bengaluru Urban, Chikkamagaluru, Mandya, Hassan, Kodagu, Ramanagara, Davangere and Tumkur districts of south interior Karnataka,” the IMD stated in a statement issued on Friday.

In Bengaluru, 66 millimeters of rain fell on Friday, leading to water logging in Indiranagar, Mahadevapura, and HSR Layout. Rain caused a section of road near the main gate of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to collapse.

Uttar Pradesh

In Gorakhpur and Maharajganj districts, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath conducted an aerial survey on Friday.

As a result of the increasing water levels in the Ganga and Yamuna rivers, low-lying areas in the Prayagraj district were affected by a flood-like situation.

The high water levels of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers in Prayagraj have caused a flood-like situation in the low-lying areas of the district as a result of heavy rains.

It was an unexpected rainy day in the Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, resulting in extensive crop damage. A continuous survey is being conducted in this regard, and the officials have completed the survey in about 80 percent of villages. ANI reported that Mathura DM Pulkit Khare would seek compensation for farmers who have suffered losses.

Andhra Pradesh

In the meantime, officials at Prakasam Barrage in Andhra Pradesh have sounded the first flood alert after flood waters reached 4.07 lakh cubic feet per second entering the Krishna river, according to news agency ANI.

Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, Madurai was also affected by heavy rains on Friday night. Several areas in the Sivagangai district, including Karaikudi, experienced heavy downpours.

Nevertheless, the Southwest monsoon Friday withdrew from the entire northwest India region after a fortnight’s delay. In the period between October 1 and 13, this region received 58.3 mm of rain, which is 366 per cent more than average.

By the middle of October, the southwest monsoon normally withdraws from most parts of central and northwest India giving way to a period of drought.

The recent rainfall patterns, including in 2022, indicate a ‘delayed’ monsoon withdrawal, as rainfall continues over north and central areas until the third week of October.

(With inputs from agencies)

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