Torrential rains in Bengaluru of Karnataka have wreaked havoc with overflowing streams and floods affecting normal life and causing damage to life and property. Acres of farmland, a number of houses, several bridges and miles of roads are either washed away or inundated by floodwaters in several parts of northern and southern interior Karnataka.
On Friday, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an alert for very heavy rains over parts of Karnataka and Odisha. An orange alert has been issued in Uttar Kannada, Udupi and Dakshin Kannada districts of Karnataka. Meanwhile, heavy rains also fell in other parts of the state including Belgaum, Haveri, Shivamoga, Davangere, Hassan, Kodagu and Tumkur.
Separately, Maharashtra is also on yellow alert. IMD has predicted heavy rains in isolated locations in Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Dhule, Nanadurbar, Jalgaon, Pune, Kolhapur, Satara, Latur and Nanded among others. Meanwhile, an orange alert has been issued in Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.
Heavy rains hit Mumbai and its adjoining areas on Thursday, disrupting road traffic and commuter rail services on the Central Railway (CR) main line due to congestion on the tracks. Four people were also injured in two wall collapses and a boy was carried away in Thane town, officials said.
Parts of Andhra Pradesh are also on alert with heavy rain likely in Anantapuramu, YSR Kadapa, Guntur, Prakasam, Guntur, West Godavari and Vishakhapatnam.
In a press release on Thursday, the IMD said an area of low pressure had formed over the central west and adjacent to the central east of the Bay of Bengal. He said heavy rains are expected to continue over Odisha, Maharashtra and southern peninsular India over the next four to five days. “Moderate rainfall activity is expected to continue over the plains of northwest India over the next five days,” he said.
(With PTI entries)
(Edited by : Akriti Anand)