Weather Forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Kerala, Maharashtra worst-hit by floods

Weather Forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: Kerala, Maharashtra worst-hit by floods

Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur in Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan in the next 24 hours.

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Weather Forecast Report HIGHLIGHTS: NDRF personnel carrying our rescue operations in flood-hit areas. (Source: Twitter/CMOKerala)

Weather forecast Today HIGHLIGHTS: The states of Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka were battered with incessant downpour on Friday. Landslips and floods threw normal life out of gear. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur in Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan in the next 24 hours.

While the intensity of rainfall in western Maharashtra decreased on Thursday, the flood situation remained grim, with nine people drowning in Sangli district when a rescue boat capsized. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis conducted an aerial survey to review the situation in Sangli and Kolhapur, which are the worst-hit by the flood.

Some 150 families were evacuated in four tehsils of Goa following heavy rains and release of water from Tillari dam on the Goa-Maharashtra border, according to the state government. In Karnataka, at least nine people were killed and as many as 237 villages in 32 taluks were affected after the water level in most rivers crossed the danger mark.

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Odisha: Over 1.3 lakh affected by rain

MeT Department said that rain is likely in the state after three days due to a cyclonic circulation in the area. Officials said that heavy rains had claimed at least three lives, left two missing and affected more than 1.3 lakh people in nine districts.

Andhra Pradesh: 31 fishing community members rescued by the Navy

31 members of the fishing community, including 12 women, who were trapped in the Godavari river at Polavaram were rescued by the Navy.

Kerala: 64,000 people shifted to relief camps

In Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that 28 people have died in rain-related accidents over the past three days. A red alert has been issued in nine of the fourteen districts in the state and the Cochin International Airport has been shut till August 11 due to waterlogging in its operational area. More than 64,000 people have been shifted to 738 relief camps across the state. Rahul Gandhi, who represents Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, spoke with PM Modi and sought aid.

Kerala, Maharashtra worst-hit by floods

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur in Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan in the next 24 hours.

Maharashtra: Over 2.85 lakh displaced by floods

Kolhapur and Sangli were the worst-hit among the five districts affected by floods in Western Maharashtra. More than 2.85 lakh people have been evacuated and the death toll due to the floods mounted to 29.

Karnataka: Rain leads to flooding in Shivamogga-Chitradurga road

Heavy rain has led to flooding in Shivamogga-Chitradurga road in Karnataka.

Maharashtra: Water released in Godavari river after heavy rain

5,104 cusecs of water is being released from Gangapur dam into the Govari river after heavy rain in catchment areas of Trimbakeshwar tehsil of Nashik district, irrigation officials said. 22 out of 24 reservoirs in Nashik district were full.

Karnataka: Holiday declared in schools and colleges till August 15

All government and private schools and colleges of Karnataka declared a holiday till August 15 in Dakshin Kannada, Uttar Kannada, Raichur, Bagalkot, Belagavi, Chikkodi, Shivamogga, Bidat, Haveri, Kodagu, Koppal, Yadgir, Kalaburgi, Dharwad, Ballari, Hassan, Udupi and Gadag districts.

Goa: Rains subside, restoration of flood-hit parts begins

Rains subsided in Goa, a day after several North Goa villages were inundated following heavy showers and release of water from Tillari dam.  Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said normalcy would be restored in the flood-hit parts over the next two days."We have taken all the necessary steps for flood relief with all the departments getting involved in the process," he added.

Maharashtra: Labourers stranded in flooded area of Akola district rescued

Twenty-seven labourers who were stranded due to flooding caused by a sudden rise in the water level of Akola's Chandrika river were rescued on Friday, an official said.

Karnataka: Central government assured of extending assistance to deal with flood situation, says CM

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the Centre will extend all assistance to the state. "I am in constant touch with the Central government, he said, adding that PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have been briefed on the rescue and relief efforts in Karnataka. 44,000 people have been evacuated from the flood-hit and rain-affected areas of the state and nine people have lost their lives.

Maharashtra: NDRF continues rescue operations in Kolhapur

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) continued with the rescue operations in Sirol area of Maharashtra's Kolhapur. 

Maximum deployment of NDRF teams in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala: NDRF DG

NDRF DG SN Pradhan said that the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala are main areas of concern now and maximum deployments of teams are in these states. Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra are affected by severe flooding, ANI reported.

Madhya Pradesh: Maksi-Guna railway under-bridge in Shajapur waterlogged

Maksi-Guna railway under-bridge in Shajapur waterlogged, following heavy rainfall in the region.

Five killed in rain-related incidents, Avalanche records wettest day in Tamil Nadu

The death toll in rain-related incidents in the hilly Nilgiris district rose to five on Friday, even as the tourist destination of Avalanche recorded the highest rainfall of 911 mm on a single day in south India. Avalanche -- a major tourist destination -- had recorded 820 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period till Thursday morning and 2,136 mm in the last 72 hours, claimed to be the highest in South India. Avalanche recorded 911 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 8.30 am on Friday, the weather department said. As incessant rains continued in the district, almost all the areas were flooded. Traffic snarls were reported across the district, particularly on highways, as trees were uprooted and fell on them.

22 gates of Narmada dam opened in Gujarat

Twenty-two gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam were opened today, first time after its installation in 2017, to maintain the water level at 131.18 metres. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel were present at the spot. The dam receives an average inflow of 6 lakh cusecs of water. Around one lakh cusecs of water was released on Friday morning. 

Bengaluru-Kochi flights cancelled due to Kochi airport shutdown

Several flights from and to Kochi stay cancelled after the Kochi International airport on Friday suspended all operations till Sunday due to waterlogging in runway area due to floods.

Moderate rainfall in Gujarat's Surat

In Gujarat, moderate rainfall was registered in Surat Navsari, Valsad while heavy rainfall in Dangs in the last 24 hours. According to the flood control department in Surat, the water level in Ukai dam has touched 324.25 feet. The inflow of rainwater into the dam from the upper catchment areas is 4.40 lakhs cusecs, while the outflow is 300 cusecs. 

Watch: Yediyurappa conducts aerial survey to review Karnataka flood situation

Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa told conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit regions in Jamakhandi where several villages are inundated following increased outflow from reservoirs across the Krishna and Ghataprabha.

Slight rise in mercury in Delhi

Mercury rose in the national capital by nearly a notch today, with the minimum temperature settling at 28.4 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity in the morning was recorded at 73 per cent. The city saw a low of 28.4 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal, according to MeT officials. The weatherman has forecast strong surface winds during day time and the maximum temperature is likely to settle at 36 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, the maximum and minimum temperature recorded were 35.5 and 27.5 degrees Celsius respectively.

More forces deployed in Belagavi for rescue operations

In Karnataka, more forces been deployed in flood-hit Belagavi district to speed up rescue operations. As of 10 am today, 20 Para Special Forces personnel along with three helicopters - two from IAF and one from Indian Navy - have been deployed for flood rescue and relief operations in the area.

See photos: IAF carries out rescue operations in Karnataka

In Karnataka, the Indian Air Force has intensified the rescue operations in Belagavi district. At least 25 people from Halolli, Roggi, Girdal and Udhagatti were rescued this morning. Over 400 food packets with drinking water airdropped in the affected areas.

Milk supply to be hit in Pune, Mumbai

Retail milk sales are going to be hit in Pune and Mumbai as dairies have stopped milk collection and sales due to the floods in western Maharashtra. Two of the four major milk dairies in the region have suspended milk collection, which is likely to hit supply in the coming days. Ravindra Apte, chairman of the Kolhapur District Cooperative Milk Producers Union, said they have suspended collection and distribution from Tuesday. Click here to read more.

See photos: More than 50 stranded in Maharashtra's Kolhapur

More than 500 passengers are stranded in Kolhapur's Kini village due to heavy rains in the region.

JD(S) legislators to donate a month's salary for relief work in Karnataka: Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday said all JD(S) legislators will donate a month's salary to the for the relief work.

Two lakh displaced due to floods in Western Maharashtra

Over two lakh persons have been evacuated to safer places due to the floods that have wreaked havoc in five districts of Western Maharashtra, the worst hit being the districts of Sangli and Kolhapur, as of Thursday. The total number of deaths due to rain or flood-related incidents in five districts of the region during this period was 27, officials said. In a late-night statement, the chief minister's office said 28,199 animals too have been shifted to safer locations.

Sharad Pawar criticises Maharashtra govt for ‘failure’ to handle flood situation

Criticising the state government over its handling of the flood situation in western Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said the Centre should provide help to the affected districts as the state had “fallen short”. “There is a need to focus on saving the lives of people in Kolhapur, Sangli and Konkan. The minister concerned should rush to the affected area. The activeness of the administration depends on the extent of the seriousness of the head of the state. This time the government machinery fell short. Those in power are not serious about it,” Pawar told mediapersons. Click here to read more.

After CM Devendra Fadnavis, Sena and NCP call off their statewide yatras

Following the floods in western Maharashtra, both the Shiv Sena and NCP have called off their statewide yatras. Both parties also announced that all their MPs and MLAs will donate a month’s salary to the flood victims. “We have stopped all the political programmes. Aaditya, who was supposed to go into these areas as part of his tour, will not go now. But we will visit the flood-affected areas in the next two days after taking stock of the situation,” Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said. Click here to read more.

Chhattisgarh: 15 people rescued in Bijapur district

Fifteen people were rescued from Gudra nullah at Bhairamgarh block in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh yesterday, ANI reported. They were returning from Barsur to Mangnar village in Dantewada when they got stuck in the floods.

Karnataka to release water from Almatti dam; power, water supply hit in Sangli, Kolhapur: Fadnavis

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Thursday that floodwater is expected to recede faster in the affected western Maharashtra districts with Karnataka agreeing to release more water from the Almatti dam. Karnataka agreed to release five lakh cusec of water from Almatti dam in north Karnataka, located downstream on the Krishna river, after Fadnavis spoke to his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa. “The Karnataka government has agreed to discharge five lakh cusec of water from the dam. With this, the water level in Kolhapur and Sangli will fall,” Fadnavis said. Click here to read more.

Flood situation in western Maharashtra still grim

Despite decrease in the intensity of rainfall, the flood situation in western Maharashtra remained grim, with nine persons drowning when a rescue boat capsized in Sangli district on Thursday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis conducted an aerial survey to review the flood situation in Sangli and Kolhapur, which are the worst hit following heavy rain in the area where the Krishna and Panchganga rivers are in spate. Click here to read more.

Karnataka: Mysuru to Madikeri, Mysuru to H D Kote routes shut

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation today said the route from Mysuru to Madikeri and Mysuru to H D Kote road have been closed in the wake of heavy rainfall.

Karnataka: 6 Air India Express flights rescheduled due to rains

In Mangaluru, six Air India Express flights have been rescheduled due to operational reasons, ANI reported.

Andhra Pradesh CM conducts aerial survey to review flood situation

In Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit Polavaram and Devipatnam regions in east and west Godavari districts, even as the water level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram crossed the second danger mark. Over 13.47 lakh cusecs of floodwater was flowing into the SAC Barrage on the Godavari and that much was being discharged into the Delta canal systems and Bay of Bengal, according to officials. At Polavaram, water level increased to 27.86 metres and it was rising due to heavy inflow from upstream Bhadrachalam, where the first warning signal was issued.

Gujarat: Heavy rains lash Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, along with districts of Aravalli, Dang, Tapi, Dahod, Bharuch, Chhota Udepur, Panchmahal, received heavy rainfall on Friday morning. The IMD had earlier issued a four-day heavy rainfall warning in Gujarat. An alert has also been issued in the central districts of Panchmahal, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Vadodara, Narmada Ahmedabad Anand. 

Maharashtra: In Palghar, roads connecting hamlets washed away, villagers a worried lot

The washing away of roads connecting various hamlets to nearby places due to heavy rain in Maharashtra's Palghar has many villagers worried, as it has cut off access to necessary services. Vinay Mukane, a resident of Chauthyachiwadi in Palghar’s Jawhar taluka, is among those worried as the road from his village to Jawhar was washed away on August 5. He cannot take his daughter, who is suffering from fever, to the nearest health centre. “There is a health centre in the village but the staff has not come and medicines are limited too,” Mukane said. Click here to read more.

Mahabaleshwar records 6,031 mm rainfall, wettest place in country

Mahabaleshwar, situated in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, became the wettest place in India after Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, as of August 8, according to data provided by IMD. It recorded 6,031.5 mm rainfall as against 5,397.5 mm in Cherrapunji between June 1 and August 8. For the last eight days, it has recorded over 200 mm rainfall in 24 hours. Starting 8.30 am on Wednesday, the hill station recorded 267.4 mm rainfall within 24 hours. This is the highest 24-hour rainfall recorded in the area in two years. Click here to read more.

Himachal Pradesh: Light rain, thunderstorm expected

In Himachal Pradesh, the weather body has predicted light to moderate rain or thunderstorm at Dharamshala, Mandi, Manali, Kullu, Bilaspur, Una, Palampur, Hamirpur, Solan and Shimla, ANI reported.

See photos: NDRF rescue senior citizens from flood areas in Maharashtra

Senior citizens today were rescued by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from flood-affected Jhulelal chowk in Sangli.

Aircraft operations at Kochi suspended till 9 am tomorrow

Airport operations at Kochi have been suspended till 9 am tomorrow (Friday) due to waterlogged apron area

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The Mumbai-Nashik highway in Maharashtra’s Kasara Ghat was reduced to a single-lane road after developing major cracks due to heavy rainfall. (Express photo by Deepak Joshi)

Predicting heavy downpour across Kerala, the weather body has sounded a red alert in four districts — Kozhikode, Wayanad, Idukki and Malappuram — and warned of “excessively heavy” rains at isolated places in these areas. An orange alert has been issued in five districts. Kochi Airport Friday suspended its operations till 3 pm on Sunday. On Thursday, flight operations were stalled for four hours till midnight as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rains.

In Gujarat, the Western Railway incurred a loss of Rs 10.12 crore between July 31 and August 6 when heavy rain lashed Vadodara and South Gujarat, leading to flash floods. In that period, 365 trains were either cancelled or short-terminated which led to the loss.

On account of waterlogging at Bajva, Vadodara and its surrounding areas between August 1 and August 3, a total of 76 trains were affected. The incessant rain caused heavy waterlogging which led to cancellation of 28 trains. On August 4, on the Mumbai suburban line between Vasai and Virar via Nallasopara, due to heavy rainfall throughout the night, the water level rose which led to suspension of traffic on fast lines between Vasai and Virar.