As heavy rains continue to hit various regions of India, several districts are dealing with devastating floods. Torrential downpours have caused flood-like situations, disrupting normal life and posing significant challenges for affected communities.
In this daily update, we will keep you informed about the latest developments, flooded areas, and rescue operations to help you stay safe and prepared. Stay tuned for real-time information on the flood situation across the country.
In 2023, heavy rainfall during the monsoon season caused severe flooding and landslides across Northern India. The flooding affected residents in:
Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi.
The flooding caused:
- Over 100 deaths across India
- 41 deaths in north India
- 227 deaths in Himachal Pradesh
- 50 deaths in Uttarakhand
- Massive damage to infrastructure
- Disruption of essential services
- Huge losses for agricultural and horticultural lands
- Widespread destruction of paddy crops.
Some of the worst affected areas in Himachal Pradesh include:
Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Chamba
The recent rains, which began in mid-August, continue the monsoon that occurred in June 2023 in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This earlier monsoon also bore the characteristic of heavy rains, which led to widespread flooding and landslides in both hill states.
Date: 10 August 2023
- Cyclonic circulation extends over Northeast Bihar and adjoining areas, with a Monsoon Trough north of its usual position.
- A Western Disturbance active as a westerly wind trough over middle levels.
- Heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast for Uttarakhand on August 10, ranging from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm.
- Regions including Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, and others may receive torrential rain, ranging from 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm.
- In the coming days, Uttarakhand could experience light to moderate rains, while some areas could face heavy to very heavy rains from August 10 to 14.
- Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh could also see heavy rains during August 10 to 13.
- Flood potential in Himachal Pradesh, parts of Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar in the next 24 hours.
- Thunderstorms with gusty winds and lightning likely in isolated parts of various states.
- Gale wind speeds of 45 to 55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph expected over the southwest Arabian Sea.
- Fishermen warned to avoid venturing into affected sea areas.
- Yesterday, regions including Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Bihar, Madhya Maharashtra, North Interior Karnataka, and others experienced rain with clouds or thunder showers.
- Heavy rainfall recorded in isolated parts of Odisha.
- Maximum temperature above normal in Tiruttani (Tamil Nadu) at 39.2°C.
- Minimum temperature below normal in Koraput (Odisha) at 19.0°C over the plains.
There is a very high likelihood of light to moderate rainfall, ranging from fairly widespread to widespread, with isolated heavy rainfall over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, and East Rajasthan on 29th July. Additionally, there will be similar conditions prevailing over East Uttar Pradesh during 29th July to 01st August, 2023.
The weather department has predicted that there will be light to moderate fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall over the Central India region on 29th July and a reduction thereafter.
IMD has predicted that there will be light to moderate fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall very likely over Konkan and Goa and ghat areas of Madhya Maharashtra during the next four days in its weather bulletin.
During 28th-31st July, there is a high likelihood of experiencing light to moderate fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall over Odisha. From 27th-29th July, Sub-Himalaya West Bengal & Sikkim are likely to experience the same. Similarly, Jharkhand is expected to experience this weather pattern from 30th July to 01st August, and Bihar on 30th & 31st July, 2023.
The region is very likely to experience light to moderate fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy rainfall during the next four days.
Yamuna floods update
A severe flood alert has been issued for the Yamuna River, with an expected fall of 10-35 cm by tonight compared to this morning's levels. Residents and visitors are urged to exercise caution when approaching the riverfront and to stay updated on the situation as it continues to evolve.
Heavy rain in Delhi raises new fears of flooding
On Wednesday, an area near New Delhi experienced flooding due to heavy rain, which resulted in evacuations and closures of schools. This occurred as the region prepared for more rainfall, following the previous instance where the Yamuna river overflowed, causing parts of the capital to be submerged in water.
Hundreds of vehicles were submerged in a commercial neighbourhood in Noida city, which adjoins southeast Delhi, after the Hindon river overflowed. People living near its banks had to move to higher ground, television footage showed, and some neighbourhood schools were closed.
The weather department said that intense spells of rain fell on Delhi early on Wednesday. Central parts received 37 mm (1.46 inches) of rain and eastern parts received as much as 110 mm (4.33 inches) in the past 24 hours.
Cloudburst damages houses in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu
Authorities said that several houses and agricultural crops were damaged after a cloud burst at the Gadsa Valley area in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district on Tuesday.
The incident happened in the early morning.
Ashutosh Garg, Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, informed us that a cloudburst occurred in Gadsa Valley at around 4.00 am. The incident has affected twenty-three families and completely damaged five houses.
Catchy Weather Report
Today's Weather Updates (August 3):
- Odisha: Expect very heavy rainfall in isolated parts, more than 204.5 mm.
- East Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Konkan, Goa, and Madhya Maharashtra: Heavy to very heavy rain, 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm.
Thunderstorms & Strong Winds:
- Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Gangetic West Bengal, East Uttar Pradesh: Thunderstorms with squall winds of 40-50 kmph.
- Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura: Thunderstorms with strong winds.
- Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karaikal: Expect lightning with strong winds.
Stay Away from the Sea:
- Gale winds of 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph along southwest, central, and north Arabian Sea, Gujarat, Maharashtra coasts, and Comorin area.
Rough Weather at Seas:
- Squall winds of 45-55 kmph, gusting to 65 kmph in north, central, and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and north Andaman Sea.
Yesterday's Highlights (August 2):
- Gangetic Coastal areas of Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Konkan, Goa, and Madhya Maharashtra received showers.
- Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Marathwada, Punjab, West Uttar Pradesh, East Rajasthan, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and Madhya Pradesh experienced isolated rain or thundershowers.
- Punjab, East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, and Telangana had thunderstorms.
- Phalodi (West Rajasthan) recorded a maximum temperature of 38.60°C.
- Narsinghpur (East Madhya Pradesh) had a minimum temperature of 19.4°C.
List of flood-affected states in India
These districts in India are currently flooded
Districts in several states of the country are currently grappling with devastating floods as heavy rainfall persists. Rising water levels have led to extensive damage and loss of life, creating a challenging emergency situation.
According to a government press release, flooding continues to affect 1,390 villages in 14 districts of Punjab. The affected districts include Patiala, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Pathankot, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Rupnagar, Moga, Ludhiana, Mohali, Ambala and Sangrur.
The floods have affected 1,473 villages, as reported by the revenue department. Among these, Patiala, the hardest-hit district, has 458 affected villages, while Mohali has 268 and Rupnagar has 364 affected villages.
The floods have affected several districts of Gujarat including Rajkot, Surat, Gir Somnath, Kutch, Navsari, Valsad, Amreli, and Gir Somnath. On Tuesday, heavy to very heavy rains caused flood-like situations and disrupted normal life. Sutrapada taluka at Gir Somnath received a record 345mm of rain in just 14 hours from 6 am.
Gujarat's Navsari grapples with waterlogging, heavy rain; floods in Junagadh, Amreli. High-wave alert for Kutch to Diu coast.
The Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway 48 in Navsari is also facing heavy traffic congestion due to the ongoing rain. Unfortunately, a distressing incident occurred in Junagadh where a car was washed away in a flood, raising concerns within the local community.
Chamoli Police said that the Gairsain-Karnprayag National Highway in Chamoli washed away, stranding people travelling from Gairsain to Karnprayag and Nainital on both sides of the road. The road was washed away about 15 meters near Kalimati on Thursday night.
Sivasagar - Floods have necessitated rescue operations by NDRF teams.
The water level of Ghaggar river is continuously running above 50 thousand cusecs, posing a threat to Sirsa, Raniya, Ellenabad, and 49 other villages. The affected districts include Sirsa, Fatehabad, Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Sonipat, Kaithal, Karnal, Faridabad, and Palwal districts in India are currently flooded due to heavy rains and overflowing rivers.
Several districts, Including Bhopal, Sagar Rajgarh, Sehore, Raisen, Vidisha, Agar Malwa, Dewas, Jhabua, Dhar, Khandwa Khargone, Mandsaur, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Anuppur, Sagar and Chhindwara districts and Indore, facing a heavy rain alert.
Flash floods faced Shimla and Kinnaur districts of Himachal Pradesh, causing road blockages, damage to farmlands, and vehicles. The adverse conditions led to the postponement of the Kinner Kailash Yatra.
Flash floods in Kullu following incessant rainfall.
Bastar division - Experiencing heavy rainfall, with Chitrakote waterfall area affected.
Recent heavy rainfall in southern Odisha's Malkangiri district has led to a flood-like situation, resulting in water logging and submersion of roads. As a result, road communication from the district headquarters town of Malkangiri to Balimela, Kalimela, and Motu towns has been cut off.
Severe water-logging has been reported in different parts of the district, and water is flowing over various bridges in Potteru and Kangurukonda areas. The Gora bridge is under water, causing communication disruption to Andrapalli gram panchayat in Swabhiman Anchal.
The weather office has issued a very heavy rain alert for Pune, Chandrapur, and Gadchiroli on July 18, Pune, Palghar, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli on July 19, and Palghar, Thane, Pune, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Chandrapur, Bhandara, and Gondia on July 20.
In the southern region,
Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh are likely to get heavy showers till July 22. The weather office has issued a yellow alert for some districts of Kerala, and orange and yellow alerts for Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. Also, the IMD issued a 'red' alert for five districts - Jangaon, Hanamkonda, Warangal, Mahabubabad, and Khammam - for Telangana on Tuesday.
In East India, isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely over Odisha and heavy rainfall over Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next five days. "Isolated extremely heavy rainfall also likely over south Odisha on 18th July," the IMD said. Also, isolated heavy rainfall is expected over South Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and till July 22.
On Friday, Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, asked the Collectors of Alluri Sitharamaraju, Eluru, Ambedkar Konaseema, East, and West Godavari districts to be vigilant in view of the rising flood levels of Godavari river.
He reviewed the flood situation due to incessant rains and the relief and rescue measures in vulnerable areas with District Collectors through a video conference here and said that the flood level at Bhadrachalam (in Telangana) is expected to rise to 53.81 feet from the present 49.60 feet.
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