Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar visited the rain hit areas of Marathwada region of the state yesterday and instructed the district collector of Osamanabad to immediately evacuate all the flood victims. Mr Pawar said National Disaster Relief Force has been sent to flood-hit areas of Marathwada and instructed the state and district emergency relief agencies to be alert and in touch with each other.
He also held discussions with Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil and Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde, who are on a tour of the flood-hit areas of Marathwada. Mr Pawar has also directed the administration of Palghar, Nashik, Aurangabad, Jalna, Jalgaon where red alert has been issued and administrations of Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Satara Ahmednagar, Beed, Osmanabad, Latur, Parbhani, Hingoli, Nanded, Nandurbar and Dhule districts where orange alert has been issued to be more vigilant. These fresh alerts have been issued by the IMD expecting a resurgence of storm due to another approaching Hurricane Shaheen from the Arabian sea.
Meanwhile, as per IMD data taken till 5.30 PM yesterday Mumbai received 18mm of rainfall, Buldana in Vidharbha received the highest rainfall of 55 mm, Parbhani in Marathwada received 7mm, Mahabaleshwar in Madhya Maharashtra received 36 mm rainfall. AIR Correspondent reported that all the river nallas in Jalgaon district have been flooded since yesterday due to heavy and incessant rains. All the dams are due to overflow. The gates of Waghur, Hatnur, Bori, Bahula and other dams have been opened.
A government team reached Ghodasgaon village in the district which has been a victim of cloudburst rains. Crops have been completely damaged in the village. The village has received heavy rains since the beginning of the month due to which there has been a huge accumulation of water in agricultural fields. In many places, agricultural land has turned into a lake. On the other hand, discharge of water continues through 12 gates of Siddheshwar Dam in Aundha Nagnath taluka of Hingoli district. 54203 cusecs of water being discharged from it. A total of 54203 cusecs of water will be discharged into the entire river basin through a total of 12 gates and drains.
Beed district has received 250% rainfall in September alone causing severe damage to crops. AIR correspondent reported that so far six people have been swept away by overflowing water in the district. Many houses have collapsed and roads have been badly damaged. Due to heavy rains in the district, an area of more than four and a half lakh hectares of six lakh 65 thousand farmers has been affected. In many villages, the land has become barren due to erosion of lakes and the farmland. An NDRF team has shifted 18 people from Apegaon in Ambajogai taluka of the district to safety after rains on Tuesday. Meanwhile the Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains in the coastal district of Konkan till October 1.