Torrential rains have caused floods in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, while the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers are in spate in Uttar Pradesh. Also, 15 people have died and more than 300,000 affected in West Bengal as a dam released the extra water. Details here.
Flood relief columns of the Indian Army is also rescuing people from the marooned areas. Photo: Prasar Bharati
Rescue operations to assist the marooned population are underway as incessant rains have caused floods in Madhya Pradesh with the Gwalior-Chambal region being reported as the worst-affected. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has stated that the heavy rainfall is expected to persist in the next 24 hours.
As many as 1,171 villages are reportedly affected by heavy rains and floods in Parvati, Kuno and Sindh rivers in Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia and Gwalior district. Also, around 1,600 people have been rescued from the Gwalior-Chambal region.
It has been reported that three advanced light helicopters and a Russian-made Mi-17 chopper have been mobilised for the flood relief and rescue operations from the Indian Air Force station at Gwalior.
Also, flood relief columns of the Indian Army are also rescuing people from the marooned areas.
Relief operations are being carried out in Kota district that is reeling under flood-like situation caused by torrential rains. People are being evacuated and relocated to higher altitude areas.
A red alert for Kota was sounded by the Central Water Commission (CWC) yesterday, on August 3, as it warned of ‘extreme flood situation’ in view of the surge at the Parvati river in Khatoli district.
At least 15 people have lost their lives to heavy flooding in West Bengal while more than 300,000 people’s lives have been thrown out of gear due to the floods.
It is reported that the flooding is caused due to the discharge of excess water from Damodar Valley Corporation which caused the inundation of major parts of the districts of Purba Bardhaman, Paschim Bardhaman, Paschim Medinipur, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled up West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today and enquired about flood situation in the state. The Prime Minister has assured CM Banerjee of central assistance to mitigate the flood situation.
The people living in areas around the Yamuna and Ganga rivers have been advised by the local administration to move away from the low-lying areas as heavy rains have increased the possibility of flooding.
The low lying areas around Phaphamau in Prayagraj have been submerged by the high volumes of water in the Ganga river.
Meanwhile, a new study by Nature journal has shown that the population exposed to floods has increased by 24 per cent in the 21st century and it mentioned that India has the largest population at the highest risk, followed by China, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.