After witnessing incessant rains on Saturday, Mumbai is likely to get some respite from heavy rains as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) downgraded the Maharashtra capital’s ‘orange’ alert to ‘yellow’ on Sunday.
In Gujarat, heavy to very heavy rain lashed several districts in the state’s south and Saurashtra regions on Saturday, triggering a flood-like situation in urban areas and isolating villages amid rising water levels in dams and rivers that are rising to dangerous levels.
Best Maharashtra and Gujarat Rain Updates:
1. The Thane district administration in Maharashtra has issued a flood alert for villages in Bhiwandi, Shahapur and Vasai talukas after the water level in the Tansa dam reached almost the overflow level on Saturday.
2. As Mumbai experiences sustained heavy rains this week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health department has issued a leptospirosis advisory due to an increase in cases this season.
3. A 19-year-old man from Murbad in Thane was found dead on the river bank on Saturday. The victim, Deepak Kumar Paswan, was from Uttar Pradesh and worked in a media company. Police said on Tuesday that Paswan left for work but did not return home.
4. The Raigad administration imposed bans under Section 144 of the Penal Code (CrPC) in Irshalwadi, where 27 people died in a landslide. The ban orders will be effective from July 23 to August 6, it said. The death toll from a landslide in Irshalwadi village in Maharashtra’s Raigad district rose to 27 on Saturday, the third day of a search and rescue operation, with 81 people still unaccounted for, an NDRF official said.
5. In Gujarat, there was a five to seven kilometer traffic jam on the state highway due to rain in Navsari district. Later, traffic was opened towards Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Heavy traffic jam was also seen on Mumbai-Ahmedabad-48 National Highway in Navsari due to heavy rains in the area.
6. According to IMD, light/moderate widespread to widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to continue over Saurashtra and Kutch on July 24, Gujarat region on July 23. Red alert has been issued for Junagadh, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Kutch, Surat, Valsad, Navsari.
7. Gujarat’s Junagadh experienced a flood-like situation due to torrential rains. Dozens of parked cars and livestock were seen swept away by gushing waters in the town after 241mm of rain fell in just 12 hours to 8pm on Saturday.
8. A father-son duo drowned after their car washed away near Silvassa town in Dadra and Nagar Haveli district in the Union Territory bordering Gujarat.
9. In the town of Navsari, a man and his son were swept away in a swollen canal. While the man was rescued, efforts are on to trace the son.
10. The MeT department has also warned fishermen against venturing out along and off the north coast of Gujarat from July 22 to July 26, saying that stormy weather is very likely to prevail during this period.