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With the drought, floods

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In the last four days the country has, on the average, received normal rainfall. Everyone familiar with the monsoon knows that most of the rainfall comes in a few spells of heavy rain. There is a similarly uneven geographical distribution in rainfall as well. The results is localized flooding in many parts of the country, whereas the near-drought situation continues in other places.

The Hindu reported on the localized flooding in Kerala due to heavy rains:

The toll from landlips and floods in Kozhikode and Kannur districts had risen to nine by Tuesday afternoon. Landslips in the Pulloorampara hill region of Kozhikode claimed eight lives while a child drowned at Iritty in Kannur district.

Meanwhile the weather bureau has warned that heavy rain will continue in Malabar for the next 48 hours.

As water from the flooded Valapattanam river flowed over the top of the Pazhassi dam, the government is considering measures including blasting of the sluice gates which have failed to open. .

A Central Disaster Management team is rushing to Kerala by air to take emergency measures. People living downstream of the dam have been asked to move to safer places.

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IE reports that there are similar floods in several districts of Madhya Pradesh:

As many as 20 lives have been lost so far owing to heavy rains this season while 50 villages were affected by floods in Madhya Pradesh, where condition in 20 of them was alarming, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here today.

After an aerial survey of a few rain-affected districts, the Chief Minister told reporters that of the 20 deaths, 11 had taken place last week while the rest occurred in the past two days, including four in Bhopal, two each in Chhindwara and Hoshangabad and one in Sagar district.

With rivers like Narmada, Betwa and Tawa flowing above the danger mark, giving rise to a flood-like situation in the state, 50 villages were affected by the flood, out of which condition in 20 of them was alarming.

Chouhan said efforts were being made on a war footing to tackle the situation caused by the heavy rains and nothing would be spared to help the affected people.

Earlier IBN Live had reported localized flash floods in Uttarakhand:

Flash floods have cut off thousands of people in the hills in Uttarakhand and as many as 34 people have already been declared dead in the inundation. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked for air force helicopters to be called immediately for rescue missions as the situation continues to remain grim

There are pictures of death and destruction. The angry river, Bhaagirathi, has washed away everything that stood in its path in the high ranges of Uttarakhand.

It was on a fatal Sunday when the flash floods destroyed the lives of the people for ever.

The flash floods have washed away homes, hotels and banks. Among the victims is an Indian Army jawan, who lost his three-storeyed home. However, his family was lucky to survive.

BS reported that Assam is flooded for the second time this season:

Assam is in the grip of second wave of flood, triggered by heavy rainfall in the catchment areas of river Brahmaputra, which has affected seven districts.

According to an official flood bulletin, fresh rainfall across the state, particularly in the catchment areas of Brahmaputra, has resulted in alarming rise in water level.

There was, however, no report of any loss of lives.

Due to the rise in water level, huge areas of human habitation and cropland in Baksa, Barpeta, Kamrup, Nalbari, Dhemaji, Sonitpur and Sibsagar districts have been submerged and nearly 150 villages with a population of nearly two lakh were affected.

The government has opened 15 relief camps in Baksar, Goalpara, Kamrup and Nalbari districts which are housing more than 50,000 people whose houses were submerged.

In Guwahati, normal life was thrown out of gear as it was lashed by heavy rainfall. The main thoroughfares are under waist deep water bringing traffic to a standstill and stranding commuters.

And in Mumbai politics trumped weather as the reality of a severe shortage of water was flatly denied by the deputy chief minister. As of today, Mumbai can last only 199 days with the current reserves of water, in flat contradiction to Mr. Ajit Pawar’s statement reported by TOI:

Deputy CM Ajit Pawar on Monday played down the water crisis in Mumbai. Speaking to the media informally at Mantralaya, Pawar said there is enough water for the city to sustain itself till next monsoon if it goes through a 20% water cut. “There is not much rainfall in catchment areas. But the lakes supplying water to Mumbai have enough storage to last an entire year, provided the city is prepared to take a 15 to 20% water cut for the year,” Pawar said.

Following shortage of rainfall and dip in lake levels, the BMC already announced a 10% water cut across the city. The city’s demand is 4,250 million litre a day (MLD) and it receives 3,450 MLD from six lakes.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

August 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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