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Rain batters Maharashtra, IMD issues Orange Alert, waterlogging in low lying areas, NDRF teams deployed

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As of now, due to ongoing rains in various parts of Maharashtra, teams of NDRF are deployed

As of now, due to ongoing rains in various parts of Maharashtra, teams of NDRF are deployed in Thane, Vasai (Palghar), Mahad (Raigad), Chiplun (Ratnagiri), Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara Ghatkopar, Kurla and Sindhudurg apart from our regular 03 teams deployment at Andheri and 01 Team at Nagpur to avert any untoward incident and give apt response in case of any flood like situation. This has been confirmed by the NDRF.

As heavy rainfall batters Mumbai’s neighboring Thane and Raigad districts, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued alerts for different parts of Maharashtra. Central Maharashtra is under an orange alert for July 7 and 8, with expectations of substantial rainfall over the next five days. Matheran recorded the highest rainfall in India in the last 24 hours at 22 cm. Meanwhile, Uttarakhand is on red alert for July 7.

The Thane district, including areas like Shahpur, Palghar, and Panvel, experienced flooding on Sunday. An orange alert signifies preparedness, while red alerts indicate action needs to be taken. According to IMD classifications, heavy rainfall ranges from 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm, very heavy from 115.6 mm to 204.4 mm, and anything above 204.4 mm is considered extremely heavy.

The IMD forecasts isolated heavy to extremely heavy rainfall across various regions:

  • Konkan, Goa, and central Maharashtra from July 9-11.
  • Marathwada, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, and Yanam on July 7.
  • Gujarat on July 7 and 9.
  • Kerala and Mahe on July 7-8.
  • Telangana on July 8-9.
  • Coastal Karnataka on July 9.
  • North Interior Karnataka on July 7 and 10.
  • South Interior Karnataka on July 8 and 10.

Specific areas are likely to experience isolated very heavy and extremely heavy rainfall, posing risks of floods and other water-related incidents. Recent rainfall measurements show significant accumulations in Maharashtra, Konkan, and Goa, with places like Matheran, Ratnagiri, and Panvel receiving substantial amounts.

Local responses include the deployment of 13 NDRF teams across Mumbai and various districts to aid in rescuing stranded individuals. Water levels in rivers have risen rapidly, adding to the urgency of these operations. In Thane, specific rescue efforts were made at a waterlogged resort, and villagers were rescued from flooded areas in Palghar. NDRF teams remain on standby in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Satara, Sangli, and Kolhapur.

The heavy rains have also affected transportation, with local train services in Thane district suspended due to track obstructions caused by soil and fallen trees. The situation remains critical in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg districts, where rivers are at risk of overflowing.

Authorities continue to monitor the situation closely as the monsoon intensifies across these regions, urging residents to stay vigilant and follow safety protocols.