Flood threat in South Bastar as met department warns of heavy rains
RAIPUR: The near flood situation arising in South Bastar region of Chhattisgarh is likely to worsen as the meteorological department has issued a fresh warning of heavy rains in several parts of the state in the next 48 hours.
The heavy rain warning comes at a time when Chhattisgarh has already witnessed 71% excess rains than the normal rainfall of 100.1 mm from June 1-22. While several low lying areas in the state, including the state Capital, Raipur, have witnessed flooding, the situation is serious in South Bastar where road link between Raipur to Jagdalpur has been broken due to heavy water logging. Water in Indravati river, which flows in the area, has reached the danger levels and more rains are likely to worsen the situation.
Traffic has also been adversely affected in Kondagaon due to flooding of roads from an overflowing rainwater drain. Several villages in Pakhanjur are cut off from the district headquarters. However, no loss of life has been reported so far but property worth crores of rupees have been destroyed by flooding and water logging due to incessant rains in the last 72 hours.
Asst Meteorologist N Gopal Rao said heavy rainfalls would occur at a few places in next 48 hours after which the situation is expected to return to normal. He said Chhattisgarh has so far recorded 71% excess rainfall than normal. From June 1-22, while Bastar recorded 401.8 mm of rainfall, which is 256% excess than normal, Kanker and Mahasamund have respectively recorded 221% and 138% excess rainfalls than normal.
However, the districts of Surguja (28.4 mm), Jashpur (67.6 mm) and Koriya (18.5 mm) have recorded deficient rainfalls. The deficiency in Sarguja and Jashpur is to the tune of 73% and 52% respectively.
According to the weatherman, in last 24 hours, Kanker recorded the maximum rainfall of 145.1mm, followed by Mahasamund (100.3mm), Raipur (86.2mm) and Dhamtari 63.2mm. The heavy downpour in Raipur has caused flooding in several low lying areas.
According to officials, the State-level Flood Monitoring Cell of the Disaster Management Department has become activated is monitoring the situation round the clock. Officials said public can contact the officers on duty any time and collect or give details of any natural calamity. The Monitoring cell has been functioning since 15 June.