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Gurgaon to Bengaluru: People struggle to stay afloat amidst heavy rains

Many people have lost their lives, supply of food and water has taken a major hit especially in the interior villages, road connectivity and telephone lines have been affected because of the floods.

Updated: July 30, 2016 7:51:02 am

Monsoon rains have caused severe flooding in several parts of the country, leading to the displacement of thousands of people from their homes. Many people lost their lives and access to food and water remains cutoff. Especially in the interior villages, road and telephone connectivity has taken a hit because of waterloggin. In cities, rains caused severe inconvenience to  people with traffic jams paralysing daily life.

The widespread flooding in several states such as  Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, has rendered thousands of people homeless over the past month. In Assam, the affected districts are Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhemaji, Barpeta, Goalpara, Dhubri, Darrang, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Sivasagar, Kokrajhar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Biswanath, Kamrup Metropolitan, Chirang, Nagaon, Kamrup and South Kamrup.

In the state of Karnataka, overnight rains in Bengaluru have left the city battling traffic jams, waterlogged roads and flooding. The residents of Akshaynagar, Kodichikkanahalli and Arakere layout along Bannerghatta road were the worst hit, with water levels rising to at least 4 feet and flooding at least 40 houses.

Every village in the four districts in the region of Seemanchal in Bihar — Kishanganj, Purnea, Kathihar and Araria – has been badly hit with continuous rains. Rise in water levels in Mahananda, Kankai, Retua, Mechhi and Bakra rivers have caused massive flooding in this part of the state, with Seemanchal being the hardest hit.

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In Delhi NCR, thousands of office goers and other commuters were stranded in Gurgaon as heavy rains led to waterlogging on National Highway-8. This has led to massive traffic jams, forcing authorities to shut down schools and a few offices declaring a holiday. Many motorists abandoned their vehicles and waded through knee-deep water which accumulated on both the carriageways of Delhi-Jaipur road, bringing traffic to a standstill, with the tailback extending up to 15-20 kilometers.

In Uttar Pradesh, Najibabad, Bijnore and Palliakalan recorded 10 cm of rainfall each, followed by Kunda (9), Sandila (8), Gonda, Bareilly (7 cm each) and Nighasan, Aonla (6 cm each).

Assam

Dhakuwakhana: A flood hit village at Dhakuwakhana in Lakhimpur district of Assam on Wednesday. PTI Photo (PTI7_13_2016_000224A) Dhakuwakhana: A flood hit village at Dhakuwakhana in Lakhimpur district of Assam on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The flood situation in Assam was in a grim state with the number of affected people rising to over 18 lakh on Thursday. With five more deaths reported during the day, the number of human lives lost stood at 18. The Army has been pressed into service to rescue marooned people in Bongaigaon, Jorhat and Golaghat, in addition to the NDRF and SDRF personnel.

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In Guwahati, the Brahmaputra, which has been flowing above the danger level for the past three days, has caused extensive damage to the embankment near Khanamukh and Dharapur, with the LGBI Airport in the state capital coming under threat. In Majuli, the Brahmaputra has washed away hundreds of houses after a major embankment was damaged on Wednesday morning.

Jorhat, Golaghat, Darrang, Dhemaji, Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur, Goalpara, Sonitpur and Nagaon districts remained the worst-affected while farmers across 22 districts have incurred heavy loss in terms of standing crops as well as poultry and farm animals. An estimate by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority puts the number of affected animals at around 12 lakh, while death is staring at several lakh poultry birds.

The Brahmaputra continued to wreak havoc by causing breaches to embankments in Golaghat, Barpeta, Dhubri, Biswanath, Goalpara and Nagaon districts. Floods have damaged roads and cut off communication in several districts. A number of wooden bridges have also been washed away.

Bengaluru

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rains1 The incessant rains saw several areas of Bengaluru inundated with water from nearby lakes entering houses. (Source: ANI)

Overnight rains in Bengaluru has left the city battling traffic jams, waterlogged roads and flooding on Friday. The incessant rains saw several areas of the city inundated with water from nearby lakes entering houses. Times of India reported that residents of Akshaynagar, Kodichikkanahalli and Arakere layout along Bannerghatta road were the worst hit, with water levels rising to at least 4 feet and flooding at least 40 houses. News channel NDTV showed visuals of people being stranded in Electric City, which houses some of India’s biggest IT companies such as Infosys.

The fire department pressed into service a boat to rescue those stranded due to the flood waters, NDTV reported. Twitter is awash with images of Bengalurians wadding through waters as most roads remained cut-off for vehicular movement. A few were seen using fishing nets to catch any fish that might have strayed out of the overflowing lakes. Storm drains have not been so effective in draining the flood waters as rains continue to batter Bengaluru. Flood water enters homes in Bommanahalli area of Bengaluru following heavy rainfall.

Gurgaon

gurgaon, gurgaon rains, delhi rains, ncr rains, gurgaon water logging, gurgaon traffic, gurgaon traffic jam, gurgaon rains, gurgaon news, india news Prohibitory orders were imposed near Hero Honda Chowk in a bid to ease the congestion caused by massive traffic jams.

Long tailbacks were witnessed in gridlocked roads in Gurgaon for the second day on Friday due to severe waterlogging on National Highway-8 after heavy rains lashed Delhi’s satellite city leaving thousands of commuters stranded and forcing authorities to clamp prohibitory orders. Schools were also ordered to be shut down for two days. Prohibitory orders were imposed near Hero Honda Chowk in a bid to ease the congestion caused by massive traffic jams.

Many motorists abandoned their vehicles and waded through knee-deep water which accumulated on both the carriageways of Delhi-Jaipur road, including Hero Honda Chowk, bringing traffic to a standstill with the tailback extending up to 15-20 km. Some MNCs also declared a day off in Gurgaon as their vehicles which pick and drop employees were stranded in traffic. Gurgaon Police issued an advisory asking people coming to Gurgaon from Delhi to avoid travelling. “People coming to Gurgaon from Delhi are advised to stay back today to avoid being stuck in traffic jams due to flooding on roads,” it said on Twitter.

Bihar

 

Kishanganj: Villagers watch land erosion in Kishanganj district, Bihar on Tuesday. PTI photo (PTI7_26_2016_000145B) Kishanganj: Villagers watch land erosion in Kishanganj district, Bihar on Tuesday. PTI photo

Continuous rain and rise in water levels in Mahananda, Kankai, Retua, Mechhi and Bakra rivers have caused massive flooding in the Seemanchal part of Bihar. Water released from Nepal has also compounded the tragedy. A record 1,000 mm rain the last one week threw life out of gear affecting around 20 lakh people. Mud houses have been damaged, crops destroyed and livestock washed away in the flood. Though teams of the National Disaster Management Force are carrying out rescue operations, victims say the scale of the devastation is too large and that current strength of NDRF personnel is not enough.

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Road links to scores of villages have been cut off. People are using small boats to reach safety. “We are using makeshift boats to commute. Many people in our village have no ration for days. We have arranged food material to distribute to the affected families,” said Wasim of Asja village. He said many people have volunteered to help the needy.

Though the government has begun relief and rescue mission, they seem to be overwhelmed by the scale of the tragedy. “The government is distributing 5 quintals of eatables which includes chura and jaggery per panchayat. It is definitely not enough to serve every affected household in a panchayat,” he said.

Delhi

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Delhi rain, delhi monsoon, waterlogging delhi, wtaerlogging nehru nagar, Delhi traffic updates, traffic updates delhi, delhi rains, rains delhi, delhi weather, delhi news, india news Stagnant and slow traffic on the waterlogged stretch at the AIIMS flyover after heavy showers in the capital New Delhi Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal

Heavy rain lashed parts of Delhi on Tuesday afternoon, bringing relief from humid conditions for residents. However, the downpour led to waterlogging in several areas of the city, bringing traffic to a standstill at some intersections and busy roundabouts.

According to data from the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), parts of Delhi have received excess rainfall while other parts have received scanty rainfall.

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A map that documents the average rainfall received by each district shows that while northwest Delhi received less than 47 per cent of estimated rainfall and northeast Delhi received less than 74 per cent, west Delhi and south Delhi received 44 per cent and 27 per cent more rainfall, respectively.

Arunachal Pradesh

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In Arunachal Pradesh, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, the flood situation deteriorated in several districts as new areas got inundated and over 100 families rendered homeless. The Noa-Dehing River flooded the entire Lekang circle while entire Namsai Township and its adjoining villages, mostly under Piyong circle, were badly affected. The water in Noa-Dehing and Jengthu rivers was flowing above the danger mark, a report from Namsai said.

The flood situation under Chongkham circle also remained grim as the water level of the Lohit, Kamlang, Berreng, Tengapani rivers and its tributaries are rapidly increasing. The worst affected areas were Gunanagar, Alubari, Injo, Insa, Pangkhao and Kherem.

Uttar Pradesh

With southwest monsoon remaining active, the western parts of Uttar Pradesh witnessed heavy rainfall on Friday. According to the MeT department, moderate rain or thundershower occured at many places over western Uttar Pradesh.

Najibabad, Bijnore and Palliakalan recorded 10 cm of rainfall each, followed by Kunda (9), Sandila (8), Gonda, Bareilly (7 cm each) and Nighasan, Aonla (6 cm each). The MeT department has forecast rain or thundershower at many places of eastern Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

Forecasters have warned of a new round of heavy rains and flooding, as the government opened shelters and stepped up emergency rescue operations in several states.