With six states, including Assam and Bihar, already reeling under floods, the government on Tuesday 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 (Santacruz) on Tuesday received record 298 mm (almost 30 cm) rainfall between 8.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday. 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 are already holding 90 to 94 per cent of their capacity.
Meanwhile, since Monday, 15 different regions of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have been receiving significant rainfall ranging between 19 to 4 cm.
The IMD and Union Water Ministry issued an advisory regarding 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.
Of these 12 states, parts of Maharashtra (Mumbai) and Gujarat are already reeling under floods. Other states, including Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, are already hit by floods, affecting millions and leaving several dead.