Mumbai, August 8: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued a warning that there will be an increase in the intensity of rainfall in Konkan and Madhya (Central) Maharashtra over the next two days. These regions will get torrential rainfall because of west-north westward movement of the monsoon activity. The IMD also said that the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal off north Odisha - West Bengal coast has weakened into a depression and now lies over north-east Chhattisgarh and neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, 16 people were reportedly killed in rain and flood-related incidents in western Maharashtra in the last seven days. Indian defence forces are assisting state authorities in the rescue operation. Continuous discharge from dams in Pune — Khadakswasla, Mulshi and Pavana has caused flooding in several low-lying areas. Floods in Maharashtra, Karnataka: Over 1,000 Indian Army Personnel Deployed in Affected Areas.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also took stock of flood situation in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara through an aerial survey. Heavy rains also lashed Goa. As per the IMD, Goa has already received 86 per cent of its seasonal monsoon rainfall which has crossed the 100-inch mark.
The flood situation in Karnataka also continued to be grim. Till Wednesday, over 25,000 people were evacuated to safer places in Karnataka. Around five people also lost their lives in the rain-related incidents in the past three days in the state. On Monday, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in north Karnataka to take stock of the situation.