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  Metros   Mumbai  19 Aug 2018  Heavy rain in Maharashtra causes five deaths

Heavy rain in Maharashtra causes five deaths

Published : Aug 19, 2018, 2:21 am IST
Updated : Aug 19, 2018, 2:24 am IST

900 homes collapse in Nandurbar district; heavy showers to continue today.

A submerged bridge over the Koyna river following heavy rainfall on Saturday.(Photo: PTI)
 A submerged bridge over the Koyna river following heavy rainfall on Saturday.(Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: As rain-affected Kerala continues to weather out heavy showers, Vidarbha, North Maharashtra and Kolhapur have been experiencing intense rainfall over the last two days.

Five deaths related to the downpour were reported in Navapur Taluka in Nandurbar district where more than 300 houses were damaged while 900 homes collapsed and a vast amount of crop damage was seen in Yavatmal. Furthermore, due to heavy showers in Kolhapur, four automatic gates of the Radhanagari dam opened on Saturday, causing a flood-like situation in the many villages in the vicinity. Repair work is now underway to contain the damage.

While normal life in Dhule district was disrupted due to heavy rain, powerful showers lashed the Vidarbha region, and the Yavatmal and Gondia districts in particular were severely affected.

Akola and Chandrapur districts witnessed heavy flooding with all communication ways to Antargaon in Chandrapur being blocked.

The district administration failed to reach the village, and surrounding villages also suffered damage. The Purna and Morna rivers in Akola also swelled as a result of the weather, affecting many villages.

Kolhapur, Satara and some parts of Western Maharashtra were also affected by continuous rainfall, which has been going on for the past two to three days. All dams are almost full and four automatic doors of Radhanagari dams got opened on Saturday. Many villages were flooded and the district administration issued an alert warning to all the authorities concerned.

Meanwhile, the heavy rainfall is expected to continue on Sunday in these regions as per the India Meteorological Department’s forecast.


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