Mumbai has lost at least 50 people in torrential rains and flash floods so far across the state, the Telangana government said today.
Telangana Chief Minister said the state has incurred losses to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore due to heavy rains and flash floods. Rao has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking funds of Rs 1,350 crore from the Centre to combat the situation.
Nearly 23 people are reported to have been killed in Telangana on Wednesday as a deep depression passed over the state, causing incessant rainfall and widespread destruction. According to the weather department, the state received 144% excess rainfall than normal in the last two weeks with capital Hyderabad recording 404% excess rainfall than normal — the highest in the state.
The incessant rains from Wednesday night has battered several areas of Maharashtra including Mumbai, Pune and Thane. Water-logging has been reported in many areas of the India’s financial capital. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted moderate to heavy rainfall and strong winds would continue in the Mumbai city and suburbs during the next two days.
The weather department has issued red alert for Ratnagiri and an orange alert for Konkan, Mumbai and their surrounding areas. Pune, Satara and Kolhapur recorded a more than 100mm rainfall on Wednesday, said KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director-General Mumbai, MET.
The heavy flood was also reported in Andhra Pradesh, north Karnataka and south Odisha. In Telangana, the Army had to be called in as the situation turned critical. The city reported at least 18 deaths, but government sources said the toll could rise given that there were a number of instances of people being washed away and not accounted for as yet.
Some reports stated that a flood-like situation has occurred in Baramati’s Nimgaon Ketki village and the administration rescued around 40 people as water entered into the residential areas due to heavy showers. Traffic on Pune-Solapur Highway was affected too on Wednesday.
According to SDO, Baramati, Pune, 40 people safely rescued, while rescue operations for 15 others underway in flood-affected Nimgaon Ketki village of Pune district. In another incident near Indapur, two people who washed away with their vehicle have been rescued.
The Meteorological Department also said that fishermen are advised not to venture into west-central, northwest and southwest Bay of Bengal, and along and off Andhra Pradesh-Odisha-Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts and over Gulf of Mannar during 13, 14 October.