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With the onset of monsoon, continuous rains have disrupted life in various parts of the country including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan. In Maharashtra, 104 people have died since June 1. The department has issued a red alert with the water level of six dams rising due to heavy rains in Kerala. On the other hand, with heavy rains in many areas of East Rajasthan, an alert of heavy rain has been issued for many districts.
The Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority said in the report released on Sunday, 104 people have died in the state between June 1 and July 16. Two people died in the last 24 hours, one in Jalgaon and the other in Amravati district. The report cited rain, lightning, landslides and falling trees as the cause of death. According to the data, two villages in the state were affected by heavy rains and three people were reported missing.
However, due to the floods in the last 24 hours, there was no need to evacuate anyone from anywhere in the state. Moderate rains occurred in Mumbai and adjoining areas in the state. South Mumbai’s Colaba observatory recorded 12.8 mm of rain, while Santacruz observatory recorded 23.3 mm of rain in the last 24 hours. Ratnagiri district received an average of 20.1 mm of rain in the last one day.
Kerala: Water on red alert in some dams
Heavy rains continue in some parts of Kerala. As a result, water levels in several dams in the state, including Mullaperiyar and Idukki, are approaching their storage capacity. According to the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority, water in six dams controlled by KSEB is at Red Alert level and one in Orange Alert level. Four of the six dams are in Idukki.
Gujarat: Storm in Arabian Sea
Due to the storm rising in the Arabian Sea, 70 km from the Gujarat coast in Okha, the wind is blowing at a speed of more than 50 km per hour. This storm is moving towards Oman. Officials of the India Meteorological Department have been monitoring the pressure area since its formation 100 km west of the Porbandar coast on Saturday morning.
The Meteorological Department said, the storm is likely to cross the Arabian Sea in the west and northwest towards the Oman coast in the next 48 hours. The pressure area over Northeast Arabian Sea off Saurashtra and Kutch coasts has gradually moved north-westwards at a speed of 5 kmph during the last six hours.
Heavy rain in East Rajasthan
Many areas of East Rajasthan have received heavy rains in the last 24 hours. Heavy rain accompanied by lightning was recorded in Srinagar, Bhadra and Sujangarh, Tonk of Ajmer till Sunday morning. Regional Director of Meteorological Department Radheshyam Sharma said, “There is a possibility of heavy rain at many places in East Rajasthan in the next four-five days. On July 19, heavy rain may occur at many places in Jaipur, Bharatpur, Ajmer and Kota divisions.
Slight decrease in the water level of Godavari
The water level in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh was recorded at 25.20 lakh cusecs with a slight decrease on Sunday morning. According to data from the Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Information and Management System, there was a fear of an increase in water flow at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dovaleswaram near Rajamahendravaram. BR Ambedkar, managing director of the State Disaster Management Authority, said, “Floods are showing signs of reduction as the flow remains stable in the Cotton Barrage. However, people in the coastal areas of Godavari need to remain alert till the water recedes. At present, about 515 villages in five districts of the state are in the grip of floods.