NEW DELHI: With six states, including Assam and Bihar, already reeling under floods, the government today warned of moderate floods in 12 other states as the “extreme to very heavy rainfall” over the next three days is set to sharply increase water levels of 14 rivers and their tributaries.
Already suffering from urban flooding, Mumbai received a record 298 millimetres (almost 30 centimetres rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm yesterday.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has projected heavy to very heavy rain with isolated extremely heavy rainfall over the next 24 hours over north and central Maharashtra.
The flood threat perception has been set high for parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, as the reservoirs and dams on rivers Mahi, Sabarmati, Banas and their tributaries is already holding 90 to 94 per cent of their capacity.
Since Monday, 15 regions in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have been receiving significant rainfall ranging between 19 and 4 cm.
The IMD and the Union Water Ministry issued an advisory on “very heavy rainfall” over the next three days in parts of 12 states, including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Daman and Diu.
“Heavy to very heavy rainfall with extremely heavy fall is very likely to occur in east Rajasthan, west Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Konkan and Goa, coastal and ghat areas of south interior Karnataka,” said a government advisory issued yesterday.
“Due to this rainfall, the rivers Mahi, Sabarmati, Banas, Godavari and its tributaries, Krishna and its tributaries, west-flowing rivers south of Tapi, Cauvery and its tributaries are likely to rise and create low to moderate flood in few locations,” the advisory said.
In and around Mumbai, the heavy rain is likely to continue for the next 24 hours, after which it would drop. The government has asked people to take precautions, especially in lakes areas surrounding the city.
River Mahi and its tributaries are set to affect seven districts in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat; Sabarmati river and its tributaries will affect nine districts of Rajasthan and Gujarat while Banas river and its tributaries could flood three districts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Floods in Narmada and Tapi basin are set to affect nine districts in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. However the reservoirs have enough storage as they are full up to 66 to 45 per cent of their capacity, the advisory said.
Moderate to low floods are likely due to a rapid rise in waters of river Godavari, Indravati and their tributaries, affecting 10 districts in Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
River Krishna, Tungabhadra and its tributaries are likely to rise in 12 upstream districts, including Satara, Kolhapur, Pune, Sholapur in Maharashtra and others, including Ballari district of Karnataka.
The advisory also issued a caution for seven other districts in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka due to rising in west flowing rivers. Cauvery and its tributaries are also set to rise affecting four districts of Karnataka and Kerala, though the ministry claims that the reservoirs there has efficient storage.
River Bhavani and Moyar are also set to affect part of Tamil Nadu, the advisory said, adding that in Tamil Nadu the threat of floods is not immediate on Goa and Karnataka due to rise in west flowing rivers. Cauvery and its tributaries are also set t