Heavy rains and release of water from Gangapur dam into the Godavari river caused a flood-like situation in some areas of Maharashtra’s Nashik district on Sunday. There was no let-up in rains in western Maharashtra and the heavy rainstorm lead to increased discharge from overflowing dams in Pune and the districts in the sugar heartland, throwing communications off-kilter and flooding several parts of Pune, Satara and Sangli. IAF helicopters rescued 58 people in Thane and boats were deployed to rescue around 400 people stranded in Mumbai suburbs.
Floods in Godavari retreat
The flood in river Godavari is gradually retreating but it may take three more days for normalcy to return in hundreds of marooned villages in East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh, officials said on Monday.
The second warning has been scaled down to first as inflow at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram fell to 11.32 lakh cuse cs in the evening.
The first warning signal is most probably to continue for the next couple of days as over four lakh cusecs of water is being discharged from Pranahita in Telangana. The situation would ease in the next three days as rains have stopped in the catchment area of Godavari.
Heavy rains continued to strike the city and tribal- dominated tehsils of Igatpuri, Trimbakeshwar, Peint, Surgana, Nashik and Dindori on Sunday. The situation was also bad in Pune on Sunday. The release of water from the Khadakwasla and Pavana dams into the Mutha and Mula rivers resulted in floods in areas close to the banks. Some of the flooded areas were Sinhagad road, Baner, Balewadi, Hinjewadi, Sangvi, Bopodi, Janata Vasahat, Vishrantwadi, Yerawada and Wadgaonsheri. The Pune Municipal Corporation shifted 628 families out of waterlogged areas. Floodwaters also entered two hospitals in Wakad, compeling authorities to shift 172 patients to other hospitals.
On Monday morning, Nashik recorded 158.3 mm rainfall over the past 24 hours. The valuable day, it had recorded just under 100 mm rain, according to the district administration. Some of the tehsils that received the heaviest rain on Saturday through Sunday were Trimbakeshwar, Igatpuri, Peint, Surgana, Nashik and Dindori. Trimbakeshwar, home to an important holy site, reportedly received 315 mm rainfall by Sunday morning.