Heavy Rainfall Triggers Flood-Like Situation in Nagpur; 500 Evacuated, Rescue Operations Underway

Rozana Spokesman  | Amanat Thaper

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Continuous Downpour Causes Ambazari Lake Overflow, 4 Inches of Rainfall in 4 Hours

Nagpur, Maharashtra

MAHARASHTRA: Nagpur witnessed unrelenting rain since Thursday, culminating in a deluge on Saturday with an unprecedented 4 inches or 100 mm of rainfall in merely 4 hours. The relentless downpour resulted in the overflowing of Ambazari lake, inundating low-lying areas and leading to a flood-like situation in the city.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the public via social media about ongoing rescue operations conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). Approximately 500 people have been successfully rescued so far, with additional aid provided by two units of the army dispatched for relief and rescue efforts.

The Meteorological Department has issued a heavy rain alert for many regions in Maharashtra, including Nagpur, anticipating further downpours. Furthermore, 18 states, including Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, have been put on high alert due to the potential for heavy rainfall.

The Meteorological Department noted that the monsoon has met its expected quota in Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, with both regions experiencing above-average rainfall. Meanwhile, Bihar faces contrasting circumstances, with a red alert declared in 4 districts due to deficient rainfall. Although intermittent rains have provided respite from the heat in Bihar, the state has received 28% below average rainfall up to this point. Despite the shortfall, the weather is anticipated to change after September 24, presenting a potential shift in the situation.