Maharashtra faces drought

Sakal Times
Thursday, 17 August 2017

While Maharashtra faces such a situation, many parts of the country are going through exactly opposite weather conditions causing floods. Bihar and Assam, as well as Bengaluru city, experienced massive rainfall and floods on Tuesday

Pune: Many parts of Marathwada region in Maharashtra have had scanty rain which is much below the annual average at this time of the year giving an indication that the State may be facing an acute shortage of water and drought situation this year. Maharashtra Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule announced in Nagpur on Wednesday that some rural areas of Vidarbha region will face power cuts of as 12 hours every day as hydro-powered projects are unable to generate electricity to full capacity.

While Maharashtra faces such a situation, many parts of the country are going through exactly opposite weather conditions causing floods. Bihar and Assam, as well as Bengaluru city, experienced massive rainfall and floods on Tuesday.

The overall flood situation in Bihar continued to be grim on Wednesday with major rivers in spate breaching banks, inundating new areas and displacing thousands of people, officials said. The worst-affected areas were Kishanganj, Araria, Purnea and Katihar of Seemanchal region and Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa of Koshi region. The flood situation has worsened in east and west Champaran in the last 24 hours with the Gandak river breaching embankments in Bagaha, an official said. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi took stock of the situation as they conducted aerial surveys on Wednesday in West Champaran district. This was the third consecutive day of the CM’s aerial surveys.

With the flood situation in Uttar Pradesh worsening, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday spoke to the top officials and sought the latest updates on the flood situation.   

The flood situation in many districts of western Uttar Pradesh is quite worse and has marooned thousands of people. Adityanath spoke to the district magistrates of Maharajganj, Balrampur, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur and Siddharthanagar, on the phone and took the latest updates on the situation there.

Bengaluru, early on Tuesday, witnessed a record 180 mm rainfall in barely three hours, the heaviest downpour in August since 1890, an official said. The heavy rain wreaked havoc across the city, crippling normal life, flooding roads and houses in many localities and dampened the 71st Independence Day celebrations in the state capital.

“The downpour in just three hours (3 am to 6 am) was so heavy that storm-water drains could not take the load, resulting in water overflowing on to several roads and inundating low-lying areas,” Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palika (BBMP) Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad told reporters here. City Mayor G Padmavathi said, “BBMP officials have been ordered to clean the drains and respond to public issues immediately.” Along with Deputy Mayor M Anand, Padmavathi visited affected areas during the day.

 

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