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Normalcy to return in Telangana; heavy rains to continue in Maharashtra, Gujarat

Ten people were killed in rain-related incidents across Andhra Pradesh following torrential downpour in the last 48 hours, the government said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 17, 2020 9:24:35 am
Maharashtra monsoon, maharashtra rains, maharashtra weather, maharashtra imd weather forecast, maharashtra imd rain forecast, indian express newsAfter a drizzle in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday. (Photo by Amit Chakravarty)

Due to continuous heavy showers in Maharashtra from the past 2 days, over 20,000 people have been moved to safer places while its capital, Mumbai recorded the highest 24-hour October rainfall in the last 10 years yesterday. 

The India Meteorological Department Friday predicted heavy rainfall over parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Over the next 2 days, rainfall is likely to occur over north peninsular India and adjoining areas as well as east Rajasthan and south Uttar Pradesh. The rest of the country will experience dry weather conditions.

Hyderabad and Telangana will slowly return to normalcy after torrential rains triggered one of the worst floods in recent history that claimed 50 lives. The Disaster Response Force (DRF) working in the 2 states have relocated over 44,000 people in 64 relief camps. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and sought funds to combat the flood situation in the state. “Telangana incurred losses worth Rs. 5,000 crores due to heavy rains and flash floods,” the chief minister said in his letter.

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Heavy rains lash Hyderabad and adjoining areas; vehicles washed away; electricity snapped in many areas. Follow this space for the latest updates.

12:26 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Delhi's air quality worst in 8 months

The national capital's air quality Thursday hit an eight month low. The stubble burning from neighbouring states only accounted for 6 per cent of the city's PM 2.5 concentration. A layer of smoky haze hung on the Delhi skies with the air quality hitting "very poor."

11:33 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Heavy rain damages standing crops over 4.5 lakh hectares

Standing crops over 4.5 lakh hectares stand affected as heavy to extremely heavy rain battered the state. With the survey of crop damage still on, the extent is estimated to increase in the days to come.

In the last few days, most parts of Maharashtra has received moderate to heavy rainfall due to cyclonic disturbance in a well-marked low pressure area over South Madhya Maharashtra and adjoining areas. Heavy to extremely heavy rain was reported from most parts of the state with districts of Pune, Solapur, Osmanabad, among others, reporting flash floods as well. With more rain predicted in the next few days, the extent of the damage is expected to rise. (Read Parthasarathi Biswas's report here)

10:51 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Normalcy to return in Telangana as authorities step up relief work

Hyderabad and Telangana will slowly return to normalcy after torrential rains triggered one of the worst floods in recent history that claimed 50 lives. Government stepped up the relief work as there were no rains on Thursday and water started receding in most parts of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. The Disaster Response Force (DRF) working in the 2 states have relocated over 44,000 people in 64 relief camps.

10:08 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Rainfall at many places in Gujarat: IMD

The India Meteorological Department Friday said that light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur in many places in Gujarat. The rainfall will continue till tomorrow.

10:02 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Mumbai records highest 24-hour October rain in decade

Overnight thunderstorms with gusty winds and incessant rain led to Mumbai on Thursday recording its highest 24-hour October rainfall in the last 10 years.

The IMD’s Santacruz weather observatory recorded 86.5 mm of rain in 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Thursday, with intense rainfall recorded after midnight. The Colaba observatory recorded 115.8 mm of rain. (Read more here)

09:31 (IST)16 Oct 2020
Heavy rain batters Solapur, Pune and Sangli; 27 dead, over 20,000 evacuated

Twenty seven people died in various rain-related incidents in three western Maharashtra districts — Solapur, Pune and Sangli — as heavy rain caused by a deep depression battered various parts of the state from Wednesday afternoon, leading to widespread flooding. Over 20,000 people had to be evacuated to safer locations in these three districts following incidents of flooding.

As predicted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), most parts of Maharashtra started receiving heavy rain from Wednesday because of a strong low-pressure system in the Bay of Bengal, which further intensified into a deep depression as it traversed across the land, moving towards the Arabian sea. (Read more here)

20:43 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Two days after heavy rains, Hyderabad limps back to normalcy; relief operations underway

After being battered by torrential rains that triggered one of the worst floods in recent times and claimed 50 lives, the city and other parts of Telangana were returning to normalcy on Thursday with relief measures being stepped up by the government. In a relief, there was no rains on Thursday and water started receding in most parts of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits though some localities still remained inundated. State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar told PTI that relief teams were working to pump out water from inundated areas and to restore normal traffic, after the blinding rains caused havoc, flooding roads and houses and toppling parked vehicles.

20:42 (IST)15 Oct 2020
50 people died in heavy rains, flash floods in Telangana

At least 50 people died in the torrential rains and flash floods in Telangana in the last few days, the state government said on Thursday. Eleven of the deaths were reported from the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, officials said at a review meeting held by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, an official release said.

Citing preliminary estimates, Rao said the state suffered losses to the tune of over Rs 5,000 crore in the heavy rains that led to the flooding of several low-lying areas on Wednesday with the state capital bearing the worst hit. He has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to release Rs 1,350 crore immediately for relief and rehabilitation works, the release added. (PTI)

19:08 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Low pressure over Maha to move over Arabian sea, intensify in next 48 hours: IMD

Low pressure over south-central Maharashtra and south Konkan is likely to move over the Arabian Sea and intensify into a depression in the next 48 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday. Under the influence of this cyclonic circulation, heavy rains are expected over the ghat areas of Maharashtra, Konkan and south Gujarat during the next two days, the IMD said. Western Maharashtra and coastal districts have been receiving heavy rains since Wednesday resulting in damage to property and lives. (PTI)

18:04 (IST)15 Oct 2020
KCR writes to PM Modi, seeks funds to combat the flood sitat

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and sought funds to combat the flood situation in the state. "Telangana incurred losses worth Rs. 5,000 crores due to heavy rains and flash floods," the chief minister said in his letter.

17:58 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Floods: 50 people evacuated in Solapur, 4 swept away in Pune

Nearly 50 people were evacuated from two flood-hit villages in Solapur, while four persons were swept away by a swollen stream in Pune after heavy rains in the two Maharashtra districts, officials said on Thursday. In the last couple of days, heavy rains lashed severak parts of the state, including Pune, Solapur and Kolhapur. A few villages in Solapur's Mohol tehsil have been flooded and teams the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), district disaster management cell have been deployed to evacuate stranded people, an official from the district administration said.

The NDRF also said it has deployed one team to evacuate people stranded in some remote areas of Mohol tehsil. "Around 50 people who were stranded in remote areas of Ghatni and Kharkhatne villages in the tehsil have so far been evacuated with the help of the NDRF team," the district administration official said. (PTI)

15:55 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Flood situation grim in Karnataka with heavy rains, release of water from dams

The flood situation in Karnataka worsened further on Thursday with several parts of north Karnataka inundated due to torrential rains and release of water from major dams. Yadgir, Raichur, Ballari, Bidar, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Belagavi, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Gadag, Koppal, Haveri and Dharwad were the worst affected due to floods. According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre, the floodgates of all the major dams have been opened resulting in water gushing into villages and formation of islands at different places. Dams which were filled to the brim were Linganamakki, Supa, Varahi, Harangi, Hemavathi, Krishna Raja Sagar, Kabini, Bhadra, Tungabhadra, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Almatti and Narayanapura. (PTI)

15:07 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Vodafone Idea services in Maharashtra partially disrupted as key site in Pune gets flooded

Subscribers of Vodafone Idea in Maharashtra are facing connectivity issues since Thursday morning as a key site in Pune got flooded. The company said one of its “key sites” in Pune’s Kalyani Nagar area got flooded because of the heavy showers resulting in the “partial disruption in services” for subscribers across the state. Unlike tower infrastructure, which serves subscribers in a local area, the site was serving people across the telecom circle which affected the subscribers in the state. “Our technical team is working dedicatedly to fully restore the services soon,” the company said in a social media post. Read more here

14:45 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Relief operations underway in rain-hit areas of Telangana

Relief operationswere underway on Thursday in Hyderabad and other places in Telangana in the wake of heavy rains thatcaused inundation of low-lying areas, damage to property and also standing agriculture crops. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would hold a meeting with ministers and officials on Thursday afternoon on the rain relief measures. State Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar told P T I that the relief teams were working on Thursday to pump out water from localities where water stagnation was reported, to help citizens there and to restore normal traffic. He said 61 relief centres were operational and that more were being added wherever required. (PTI)

14:38 (IST)15 Oct 2020
24 teams of NDRF deployed in Telangana, Karnataka, and Maharashtra

NDRF DG on Thursday said that the force has deployed 24 teams across Telangana, Karnataka, and Maharashtra in view of rain/flooding/waterlogging.

11:15 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Four swept away in Pune

After very heavy rains lashed Pune district, four persons were swept away while trying to cross an overflowing stream near Daund town in the district on Wednesday night. Heavy rainfall along with thunderstorm battered many areas of Western Maharashtra from Wednesday afternoon. Many parts of Pune District including Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad urban area reported water logging and flooding from Wednesday night. As per the police officials from Daund in Pune Rural jurisdiction, four persons on two bikes who were trying to cross an overflowing stream on a road near Rajegaon Khanota village near Daund town, around 80 kilometers from Pune.

11:14 (IST)15 Oct 2020
KCR to review rehabilitation measures

Telangana CMO seeks data on losses suffered to heavy rains and floods. KCR to review today rehabilitation measures taken, additional measures to be taken, and the issues to be mentioned in the Report to be submitted to the Centre

10:56 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Heavy rains in Mumbai

Mumbai experienced heavy rains overnight along with thunderstorm and lightning, causing water-logging in some low-lying areas, officials said on Thursday. Roads in some low-lying areas like Hindmata, King's Circle and Kalachowki were inundated after heavy rainfall during the night. However, the rain intensity reduced in the morning and the water subsided, according to PTI. Public transport services were unaffected and local trains and buses of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), the city civic body's transport wing, were running normal, an official said

10:55 (IST)15 Oct 2020
Delhi air quality 'very poor'

A layer of smoky haze lingered over Delhi-NCR on Thursday with air quality in the region hitting 'very poor' levels, even as stricter anti-air pollution measures, including a ban on electricity generators, came into force under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). NASA's satellite imagery showed a large cluster of farm fires near Amritsar, Firozpur and Faridkot in Punjab and Patiala, Ambala and Rajpura in Haryana.

10:40 (IST)15 Oct 2020
KCR calls for emergency meeting

Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao has called for an emergency high-level meeting in Hyderabad today on heavy rain and flood situation. The CM has asked the officials concerned to come prepared, as the state govt has to submit a report to the Centre on the loss caused due to heavy rain and floods: CMO

Traffic Jam at Masaheb Tank flyover after rain, in Hyderabad, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (PTI Photo)

Heavy rainfall led to waterlogging on several roads and low lying areas in the city. Police teams and personnel of Disaster Response Force (DRF) of GHMC and NDRF evacuated several families from different localities that were flooded, even as rescue efforts were on in many other areas.

In Greater Hyderabad, the highest of 29 cm rainfall was recorded in Hayathnagar. 27 locations recorded over 20 cm rainfall and another 102 locations recorded over 10 cm rainfall till 6 am Wednesday. The Hyderabad Centre of India Meteorological Department said that the previous highest rainfall recorded in Hyderabad was 24 cm recorded on August 24, 2000. “But at that time there were not many AWS. Till 9 pm, Singapore Township AWS near Ghatkesar recorded 292.5 mm (29.2 cm) rainfall in the state,” said a message from IMD Hyderabad director in-charge K Naga Rathna.