Weather update: Death toll in Kerala landslide climbs to 61, flood situation remains grim in Bihar

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August 18, 2020 10:35 PM

The weather office issues colour-coded warnings to alert the public ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause "damage, widespread disruption and/or danger to life".

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The death toll in the Kerala landslide rose to 61 after three more bodies were recovered on Tuesday, while the flood situation in Bihar remained grim, even as overnight rains broke the prolonged dry spell in the Kashmir Valley.

However, the flood-like situation in Odisha showed signs of improvement with the intensity of rains subsiding, while 933 villages were affected and 321 houses damaged in the worst-hit Malkangiri district.

Parts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana received light to moderate rainfall.

The Meteorological (MeT) Department has issued a yellow weather warning for Wednesday and Thursday for Himachal Pradesh.

Major rivers, including Ganga, Ghagara, Panchganga and the Godavari river, continued to flow above the danger mark.

In Kerala’s high range Idukki district, the remains of a six-year-old boy and a 57-year-old man were recovered while one body is yet to be identified and nine more bodies have to be retrieved from the site of the landslide.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), fire force, police and forest officials are jointly engaged in the search operations.

In Bihar, prominent rivers like Ganga, Baghmati, Burhi Gandak are flowing above the danger level at several places in Bihar with its 81.59 lakh people getting affected by floods in 16 districts of the state.

A total of 81.59 lakh people have been affected by flood waters in 1,312 panchayats of 130 blocks in 16 districts against Monday’s total affected population of 81.56 lakh in these districts.

Though the flood-related deaths remained at 25 in the state, the disaster management bulletin said.

Fourteen people have died in flood-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh this year and 16 districts in the state are affected by the deluge, an official said.

The Sharda river at Palia Kalan in Lakhimpur Kheri, Saryu and the Ghagara at Ayodhya, Barabanki’s Elgin Bridge and Ballia’s Turtipaar are flowing above the danger mark.

“A total of 838 villages in 16 districts of the state have been hit by the floods. Among the affected villages, 520 are marooned,” Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.

The rainfall broke the prolonged dry spell in the Kashmir Valley, which had been witnessing hotter days in the recent weeks.

Many places in the valley received a spell of rainfall during the night.

Srinagar city recorded 20.2 mm rainfall, while Qazigund 12.2 mm, Pahalgam 6.2 mm, Kupwara 5.2 mm, Gulmarg 2.6 mm, and Kokernag 1.8 mm.

The city recorded a maximum temperature of 35.7 degrees Celsius, which was the hottest August day in the last 39 years, officials said.

In Karnataka, four people, including a six-year-old girl, went missing on Tuesday as their coracle capsised while trying to cross the swollen Krishna river in Raichur district.

“While nine people have been rescued, four are still missing. Search is on to trace the missing persons,” Commissioner of Karnataka Disaster Management Authority said.

In Maharashtra, the Panchganga river in Kolhapur district crossed the warning level after release of water from some dams, following rainfall in their catchment areas.

Though the catchment areas of various dams are witnessing intermittent showers, water is being released from Radhanagari and other reservoirs in Kolhapur.

In the morning, the level of water in the Panchganga river at Rajaram weir reached 40 feet, which is one foot above the warning level. The danger level at the weir is 43 feet.

Tens of villages in West and East Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh continue to remain marooned while some were cut off from the outside world though the flood flow in the Godavari river started dwindling on Tuesday.

Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy undertook an aerial survey in the afternoon of the flood havoc in the two districts.

In Odisha, where the flood-like situation has improved, a fresh downpour is likely in parts of the state over the next few days as another low-pressure area is all set to form over the Bay of Bengal by Wednesday.

The state has been battered by heavy rains due to the formation of three-back-to-back low-pressure areas this month.

Monsoon remained weak in the last 24 hours in Himachal Pradesh. The MeT centre Shimla has forecast rains in the state till August 24.

The weather office issues colour-coded warnings to alert the public ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause “damage, widespread disruption and/or danger to life”.

In Haryana and Punjab, sultry weather prevailed with maximum temperatures hovering two degrees above normal at most places in the two states.

Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, which recorded a maximum of 35 degrees Celsius, received light rains in the evening providing some respite to the people.

Light to moderate rains prevailed in Rajasthan, Gangapur in Sawaimadhopur district recording a maximum of 6 cm rainfall.

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