Road was blocked due to the landslide at Autram Ghat, a hilly section of National Highway 52 passing through Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, on Tuesday. A traffic police official said traffic on the section has been diverted and debris removal work is under process.
NH-52 connects Dhule and Solapur districts. The ghat is situated on the border of Aurangabad and Jalgaon districts. The official told that the landslide happened around 3 am on Tuesday. We are getting difficulty to clear the road, Due to the Rain, but our team is on the work. Some traffic routes have been diverted but heavy vehicles cannot move easily, so they will have to wait before the debris is cleared.
Maharashtra Legislature Monsoon Session postponed
The Maharashtra Legislature’s monsoon session, which was scheduled to start from June 18, has been postponed, an official said here on Friday.
The new dates for the session shall be announced later, according to a formal announcement, though reasons for the postponement are not specified.
Earlier this month, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had convened a special session for 2 days on July 3-4 to enable the election of the Assembly Speaker and a vote of confidence for Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who were sworn-in on June 30.
8 killed as rain havoc continues: Maharashtra
At least 8 persons perished in different rain-related incidents as torrential rains continued to lash large parts of Maharashtra, Disaster Management officials said here on Wednesday.
Six persons travelling in a SUV in Nagpur were washed away while crossing a small bridge over the heavily flooded Bhrahmanmari Nalla near Kelvad late on Tuesday.
While 3 bodies have been fished out of the flood waters, a search is underway to recover the others missing.
This morning, a hill-slide along with several boulders tumbling down, was reported on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway, choking traffic for several hours before vehicular movement resumed.
A minor landslide was reported at Moroshi on the Kalyan-Murbad Road, disrupting traffic for a couple of hours.
In Mumbai, waterlogging was reported from several parts like Malaxmi, Andheri, Jogeshwari, Kurla, Ghatkopar, Gamdevi. Mankhurd, Khar, Vakola, Deonar, resulting in vehicular snarls, diversions, and delays.
As Palghar continued to be clobbered with heavy rains, the district administration ordered the closure of all schools for Wednesday-Thursday to prevent any untoward incidents.
The Pune district, ravaged by rains since a week, has declared closure of all schools and junior colleges till July 16 as a precautionary measure.
The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced that one of the major lakes supplying drinking water to Mumbai – Modak Sagar – started overflowing this afternoon.
With this and the storage in other 6 lakes, Mumbai – which needs around 3,850 MLD daily – has achieved around 57 percent of its annual water requirements, proving a relief to Mumbaikars.
The IMD has forecast rains of varying intensity in different districts across the state till the weekend, with Red or Orange alerts in Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Pune, Satara, Nashik, Kolhapur, though the situation has eased in parts of western Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Marathwada, and north Maharashtra.
Rains clobber Maharashtra for 5th day running, toll rises to 87
Heavy rains lashed large parts of Maharashtra on Tuesday for the fifth consecutive day, playing havoc with routine life while the state’s toll in rain-related incidents in the current monsoon season touched 87 while 66 others were injured, officials said.
The worst-hit district in terms of deaths are: Nashik with 12 fatalities, followed by Nagpur with nine, Thane with five, Palghar, Jalgaon, Nanded, Amravati, Wardha, and Gadchiroli with four each, Mumbai, Ahmednagar, Jalna, Latur, Buldhana, and Yavatmal with three each, Sindhudurg, Nandurbar, Dhule, Washim, Bhandara, and Gondiya with two each, and one each in Ratnagiri, Pune, Satara, Beed, and Akola.
Though ravaged by torrential rains too, districts like Raigad, Sangli, Solapur, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Hingoli, and Chandrapur have been spared of any casualties so far.
Owing to a severe rains and flood situation in Gadchiroli and surroundings, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis air-dashed to the district on Monday evening to a spot assessment and to guide the rescue and relief operations there.
In the past 24 hours, certain districts were pounded by extremely heavy rains, like Palghar, which recorded 109.9 mm rains, Thane 106.3 mm, Raigad 96.8 mm, Nashik 94.6 mm, said the State Disaster Management Authority.
The state received an average of 29.00 mm rains in 24 hours though the actual rainfall in many areas of Konkan and parts of Vidarbha, north andwWestern Maharashtra was much higher, while Mumbai notched 32.8 mm and 62 mm rain in suburbs.
The IMD has issued a red alert for Palghar, Nashik, and Pune till Thursday, and for Raigad till Wednesday, an orange alert for Thane, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Kolhapur, and Satara till Friday, for Mumbai till Thursday, besides certain other districts.
A total of 13 National Disaster Response Force and 4 State Disaster Response Force teams have been deployed in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Satara, Sindhudurg, Nanded, Gadchiroli, and Nashik, while 7 teams are based in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Dhule, to tackle any eventuality from the incessant downpour.
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