Rains wreak havoc not only in Karnataka and Kerala but also in Maharashtra and Gujarat. The death toll in Maharashtra has touched 35 while and 31 in Gujarat. Maharashtra also witnessed an incident of boat capsize that took the lives of 17 people.
Bengaluru: The death toll in Maharashtra stands at 35 while Gujarat has seen 31 deaths in rain related incidents. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis took a detailed review of the flood situation in the state, in a meeting held with chief secretary, senior officials from rescue and relief works, Disaster Management department and other concerned officials at Mantralaya Control Room.
Around 35 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in five districts of western Maharashtra in a week, including 17 who drowned after a boat capsized near Brahmanal village in Sangli on Thursday.
Four lakh people have so far been moved to safety from flood-affected areas of Maharashtra, officials said on Sunday, adding 761 villages in 69 tehsils are affected by the deluge.
Over five lakh cusecs of water has been discharged from Almatti dam on the Krishna river in Karnataka to ease the flood situation in western Maharashtra. Koyna dam in Satara discharged 53,882 cusecs of water as its catchment area was still experiencing torrential rains, an official said.
With the recovery of five more bodies, the toll in the boat capsize incident in Sangli rose to 17, another official said, adding water has started receding in some areas of the district.
Rains pounded Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts in the state in the last one week. "The NDRF has deployed 29 teams, the SDRF three, Coast Guard 16, Navy 41 and Army 21 in these 10 districts," an official said.
Heavy showers continued to lash parts of Gujarat taking the toll in rain-related incidents to 31, including 12 deaths reported from Saurashtra region since Saturday. Several parts of central Gujarat and Saurashtra and Kutch regions have been receiving heavy rains for the last three days.
A police official said on Sunday the five fishermen drowned after three boats caught in rough weather in the Arabian sea capsized off the Porbandar coast in Saurashtra region.
In another incident, seven people from Vavdi village in Surendranagar were swept away in the strong current of Falku river as they were trying to cross a causeway on Saturday evening, a police official said.
"Six bodies have so far been recovered," he said.
Since Saturday, Nakhatrana taluka in Kutch district received 321 mm of rains, Tankara in Morbi district gauged 268 mm of rainfall, while Dhrangadhra taluka in Surendranagar recorded 209 mm of rains.
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Last Updated Aug 12, 2019, 9:02 AM IST