Marathwada rain: Marathwada is a region perpetually in the news for its drought like conditions, which have continued for years. The same was true this year too except recently the monsoon season turned and copious amount of rain fell over a 10-day period and this deluge has caused massive suffering for the people. The initial relief for the people has turned completely and everyone is scrambling to safety while the authorities are rushing to deploy their rescue and relief operations.
Marathwada rain: As a result of the non-stop rains, a number of villages have been flooded in the Beed and the seriousness of the situation can be gauged from the fact that the NDRF has been deployed. Most small to medium water-holding dams in all the eight districts of Marathwada are overflowing. Fortunately, the situation is not bad in the large dams. Since they were virtually empty, they are now filling up fast and some have crossed the 50% mark while a few have almost reached 100% capacity.
Marathwada rain: The flooding across large areas of Marathwada has also brought in its wake the problem of gridlock. Traffic between Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Goa has either slowed down or been stopped in a number of areas.
Marathwada rain: According to authorities Marathwada district has crossed its annual average rainfall mark of 666 mm, with 700 mm rain. Godavari river in Nanded region is overflowing. On Sunday the sluice gates of the overflowing Majalgaon dam (16 TMC capacity) were opened to allow the water to escape and ease the pressure on the dam.
Marathwada rain: Lower Terna (4 TMC capacity) and Sena Kolegaon (5 TMC), which are in Osmanabad are also racing towards full capacity. Almost all the 17 medium-sized dams and 90 smaller water holding bodies in the district are overflowing. According to the District Collector, compared to 49 per cent rain the past four years, Osmanabad has got 92 per cent so far.
Marathwada rain: Another area that is perpetually in the news for being drought hit is Latur district to which, famously, water trains were sent to bring relief to the people, the incessant rains have filled the Manjara dam fast and it has now been reported to be at three-quarters full.