Heavy rain lashed parts of Nashik district in Maharashtra triggering floods in Godavari river. As much as 991mm rainfall has been recorded in nine hours on July 11 in Nashik. Incessant rains in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts of Vidarbha resulted in a flood that has cut-off over 250 villages from rest of the world.
Two persons in Old Nashik have been injured as the wall of their old house caved in due to the continuous rainfall in the afternoon. More than 10 people were trapped in a slum due to flood in Panchvati area. According to police officials, three cars were swept away in the flood, claiming no life loss during the mishap.
The water level of the Gangapur dam (with 5,630 mcft ca.3.pacity), the main source of drinking water has been raised to 23 per cent in the last 24 hours following rains.
According to an official statement, those living on the banks of the river in Nashik have been asked to move to the safer places. According to the District Collector’s office, “In the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am July 11, the district has recorded 670.1 mm of rainfall with Igatpuri recording the highest rainfall at 171 mm, followed by Surgana 112 mm, Trimbakeshwar 107 mm, Peth 77 mm and Nashik city 52.1 mm.”
The telephone and electricity services have been affected in the several areas of Pune. The disaster management department is on the standby mode and also asked the control rooms at different talukas to function round-the-clock. Also, additional police and fire brigade personnel are deployed on the riverbanks of Nashik as per the safety measures.
Meanwhile, as many as 15 persons have died due to heavy to very heavy rainfall in parts of Madhya Pradesh.