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Maharashtra, which is trying to recover from the Corona epidemic, is now troubled by the double whammy of monsoon. Ratnagiri and Raigad districts are in turmoil due to the rains in the Konkan region of the state for the last few days. Along with this, heavy rains have also occurred in Yavatmal, Thane, Kelhapur, Akola and Mumbai.
Ratnagiri district has seen the maximum loss of rain. The city of Chiplun has been submerged in flood waters due to overflow of rivers and dams here. Here the city and the streets have been filled with water up to 15 to 20 feet. From railway tracks to bus stands, houses and roads are filled with water.
The city of Chiplun was inundated with water up to 10 to 15 feet.
Only the upper part of the buses parked at the Chiplun bus stand is visible. Housewares floating in the water. Cars parked on the roads have taken water samadhi. At the same time, more than 6 thousand people are trapped in water in trains passing through this route. At the same time, more than 2 lakh people are trapped in their homes.
In Ratnagiri and Raigad, where the Mumbai-Goa highway was closed due to water-logging, heavy rains in Igatpuri’s Kasara Ghat pushed rocks and washed away railway tracks. As a result, rail traffic on Central Railway from Titwala to Igatpuri and from Ambernath to Lonavala remained closed for hours.
Water was filled up to 15 feet at Chiplun bus stand. Only the upper part of the buses parked here was visible.
Local market and bus stand also submerged
The local market, bus station and railway station in Chiplun are all submerged. The situation is also grim in Khed and Mahad where rescue work is underway. Jagbudi river is also flowing above the danger mark in Khed. A flood warning has been issued in the surrounding areas.
Cars parked on the roads were completely submerged.
Many long distance trains stopped on Konkan Railway route
Many long distance trains have been stopped on the Konkan Railway route. Many of these have been canceled or their timings have been changed. According to railway officials, around 6,000 passengers were stranded in trains at various stations on the Konkan Railway route. Many areas of Ratnagiri district have been badly affected by the rains. In such a situation, they have been stopped due to security.
Central Railway officials said that 33 trains have been diverted due to heavy rains in Mumbai. 51 has been short terminated. And 48 have been cancelled. Routing of 14 trains has been reduced.
Rail track from Ratnagiri to Goa submerged in flood waters.
Yavatmal, Bhiwadi and Dombivli bearing in the west
After three days of heavy rains in Yavatmal district, the water level of Sahatrakund Falls is also increasing continuously. Bhiwadi in Thane also witnessed severe waterlogging following heavy rains in the last few days. Several slums in Dombivali West near Mumbai have also been destroyed due to the floods. Locals were seen using boats to travel from one place to another. Heavy waterlogging has occurred in many parts of Mumbai due to rain since late last night.
There was water logging everywhere in the city.
Mumbai-Goa highway also closed
Chiplun, about 240 km from Mumbai, is the most affected city in the state. The rescue operation is going on here. The rescue team is taking the stranded people to safer places. The Mumbai-Goa highway has also been closed due to severe floods in the city. It is being told that late last night a dam along the Vashishti river got washed away last night, after which the water started moving towards the city.
In the cities, the water had drowned till the doors of shops and houses.
2 thousand houses submerged in Akola
In Akola, just three to four hours of rain has filled almost all the river drains of the district. Nearly 2000 houses were submerged. In Akola’s Phuleshwar, Shastri Nagar and Nutan Nagar, 4 to 5 feet of water entered people’s houses. Thankfully there was no damage to property. Standing crops of farmers in rural areas have been ruined.
The balconies of the houses were visible because of the water.
Chief Minister instructed to intensify the rescue
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reviewed the situation in the worst-affected coastal districts of Ratnagiri and Raigad. Thackeray has asked officials to remain alert and monitor the level of the overflowing rivers and evacuate residents to safer places. He also urged the local people to take all necessary precautions.
The water was flowing with a strong torrent in the streets of the cities.
Heavy rain may occur on 23rd July
According to the Meteorological Department, on July 23, like July 22, there may be very heavy rains in many places in Konkan and Goa, apart from heavy to very heavy in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Maharashtra, and East Rajasthan, Vidarbha, East Rajasthan. , Gujarat region, Marathwada, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Coastal Interior Karnataka are expected to receive heavy rains.
There has been a lot of damage to the small shops of the streets.
The rain will not stop even on 24 and 25
According to the Meteorological Department, there is a warning of heavy to very heavy rain over Gujarat region, Konkan and Goa and isolated places over East Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Maharashtra, Telangana and Coastal and South Interior Karnataka on July 24.
Due to water entering the houses, the goods also started burning.
On 25th July also Konkan and Goa may receive heavy to very heavy rains. Heavy rain warning has also been issued in Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Maharashtra, Odisha, Coastal Andra Pradesh and Coastal Interior Karnataka.
In many areas the water level had reached to the second floor.
9 teams of NDRF engaged in rescue along with SDRF
Amidst this horrific situation, the Chief Minister of the state Uddhav Thackeray has engaged the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) team for the rescue. At the same time, NDRF teams are also engaged in relief and rescue work in the flood-hit areas of the state. A team of 35 officers is engaged in the rescue operation. The 9 teams of NDRF include 4 in Mumbai and one each in Thane and Palghar districts. One team is in Chiplun. Two teams have also been sent to Kolhapur.