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Mumbai’s air more toxic than Delhi’s, AQI can improve if snarls are prevented: Gufran Beig
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Dr Gufran Beig, Founder Project Director, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) & Chair Professor NIAS, IISc, speaks to Omkar Gokhale on Mumbai’s deteriorating AQI, the contributing factors and what can be done about it.Why is Air Quality Index (AQI) so bad this year and what are the contributing factors?The accumulation of suspended fine particulate matter in the air post-Diwali was high due to calm wind conditions which prevailed in Mumbai. The Southwest monsoon has just withdrawn from Mumbai. After the withdrawal of monsoon, anti-cyclonic circulation prevails, which lead to stagnant wind speed. In addition to this, Cyclone Sitrang, which formed in the Bay of Bengal, also contributed to slowing the wind speed on October 24. People celebrated Diwali with much vigour this year. Hence, with additional emissions due to burning of firecrackers, AQI shot up to ‘very poor’ category. However, it quickly recovered. Increased windspeed has led to improved AQI in Mumbai in the last two days. Due to heavy rain in the past two years in Mumbai, all pollutants got washed away and Mumbai observed “satisfactory” AQI in 2020 and 2021. However, this year, with the monsoon withdrawing earlier and no rain during Diwali, the pollutants were not washed away.Is climate change affecting the AQI of Mumbai and what are the factors leading to deteriorating AQI in the city for the last few years?While the change in AQI is a day-to-day phenomenon, climate change refers to long-term, say decadal change. In all likelihood, climate change is responsible for unprecedented extreme pollution events, which are weather-related and sometimes related to large-scale systems. In 2022 itself, there were three back-to-back duststorms in the month of January and February originating in the Gulf region and Thar desert. It was unusual as duststorms normally do not occur during winter as the air is still heavy. Ongoing westerly disturbances pushed most of the dust to Mumbai, affecting its AQI. If you refer to air quality data of SAFAR for the last seven years from 2015, you will see only a marginal change in the AQI. However, extreme pollution events are increasing. While overall air quality might remain the same, pollution is too high on certain days because of slow wind trapping pollutants in the air and is extremely low on some days due to heavy rains, which wash away the pollutants. Mumbai also recorded the lowest AQI during the monsoon this year. Extreme events are averaging out each other. However, it is of concern as it does not give the exact idea of impact on the environment.Are construction of infrastructure projects in the city affecting the air quality?Large number of infrastructure projects create dust and it majorly contributes to the quantity of bigger particles, including PM 10. Contribution of dust to smaller particles like PM 2.5 is relatively less. There are excavations going on for such projects and such work impacts air quality related to PM 10 and increasing pollution in the city.Interestingly, the level of biofuel emissions due to the use of coal and wood for cooking and water heating in the city’s slums has increased since last year. While it declined after the Ujjwala scheme was introduced, due to economic issues and other reasons, the slum population has resorted back to quick food-cooking measures leading to increased emission of biofuels, which contributes to the quantity of PM 2.5 in the air.As per a SAFAR sample survey of 80 slum clusters in Mumbai having a population of 5 lakh, from around 40 per cent of slum residents using LPG, a 2018 survey found that the number of slum residents using LPG had increased to 85 per cent after the introduction of the Ujjwala scheme in 2016-17. However, updated data of 2021 revealed that 70 per cent slum population was consuming LPG and 30 per cent had resorted to the use of biofuel.Mumbai is surrounded by sea on three sides, so surface windspeed is normally higher. There is also wind reversal now and then. When winds originate from the oceanic side, it is clean and it sweeps away all the city’s pollution leading to cleaner AQI but when it gets reversed, AQI deteriorates. This cycle continues for the whole year. Mumbai is blessed by this geography.Is AQI affecting the quality of life of Mumbaikars and what are the likely health hazards and solutions?The people of Mumbai are certainly likely to face the threat of health hazards, including respiratory system-related diseases, as humidity is high and there is a high level of toxicity in the air emissions. Since the pollutants are made up of different chemicals, the toxicity of pollutant particles differs from city to city. There is lot of water in the atmosphere due to humidity and particles emitted due to industry, vehicles and traffic jams make a toxic blend of toxins. Although the mass concentration of PM 2.5 particles in Mumbai is much lower than Delhi, Mumbai’s pollutants have more toxic elements than that in Delhi. If traffic jams can be prevented, improvement in AQI is bound to happen.What are SAFAR’s initiatives for public awareness about impacts of low AQI and pollution?SAFAR has started awareness programmes in many cities and focuses on workshops for schoolgoing children. School awareness programmes, in which the flag of a particular AQI prevailing on that day is put up, is being implemented in cities like Pune and Ahmedabad. Children are being made aware about advisories based on AQI forecasts and the impacts of climate change during morning assembly. If any school contacts us, we may launch such programmes in Mumbai as well. We are seeing changes in children’s mindsets after our awareness programmes. Parents conveyed to us that considering the impact of air and noise pollution, their children were voluntarily deciding not to burst firecrackers. There is a paradigm shift in approach and if children are made aware of the same, our cities will have a better future.

Mumbai’s air more toxic than Delhi’s, AQI can improve if snarls are prevented: Gufran Beig
Rs 630 cr relief package for rain-hit farmers
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government on Friday announced a relief package of Rs 630.34 crore for farmers who suffered losses due to heavy rains this monsoon, the move coming ahead of assembly polls likely to be held by the end of the year. The relief package was cleared in the state cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Bhupendra Patel earlier in the day and is expected to benefit eight lakh farmers in 2,554 villages in 14 districts, officials said. The package was announced after a loss-assessment survey was carried out in these districts, namely Chhotaudepur, Narmada, Panchmahal, Navsari, Valsad, Dang, Tapi, Surat, Kutch, Junagadh, Morbi, Porbandar, Anand and Kheda, they added. An official release said farmers, as part of the package, will get compensation of Rs 6,800 per hectare with a limit of two hectares if the crop loss (except banana plantation) was equal or above 33 per cent due to excessive rain during the previous Kharif season in the state. "The compensation will be given from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and from the state budget. The compensation for the loss of banana plantation has been kept at 30,000 per hectare with a limit of two hectares," the release added. The minimum compensation has been fixed at Rs 4,000, even if the crop loss is less than this amount, officials informed. Affected farmers will have to submit online applications with all required details and documents through e-Gram centres in their villages, said the release. Farmers are not required to pay any application fee or charges, it asserted.

Rs 630 cr relief package for rain-hit farmers
Mumbai to get moderate rain today: IMD
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Mumbai on Friday received an average of 116 mm of rain, with an average of 28.73 mm in the island city, 43.06 mm in the western suburbs, and 44.49 mm in the eastern suburbs, as per the information from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In the next 24 hours, until 6 pm on Saturday, Mumbai is likely to receive moderate to heavy rain at isolated places, whereas very heavy rain is expected at some places in the western and eastern suburbs, according to information from the Mumbai division of the Indian Meteorological department.However, no instances of extreme waterlogging were recorded in Mumbai on Friday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management department.The heavy rains on Friday morning affected the smooth flow of traffic till late afternoon.Due to heavy rains around 9 am, the Andheri subway was shut for half an hour in the morning due to 1.5 feet waterlogging and traffic on the southbound stretch of Western Express Highway had slowed down. However, areas like Hindamata, Sion and Lalbaug, known for waterlogging, did not experience any major issues.Even as Mumbai fared well, the heavy rains created havoc for commuters and motorists in neighbouring Thane district. The Kasheli area, which falls between Thane and Bhiwandi, experienced heavy traffic jams on the old Bhiwandi road which is filled with potholes. There was nearly two feet water in many areas of Thane including Kasheli and Kalyan. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Versova bridge and Ghodunder road were submerged in water. These roads are also filled with potholes which lead to heavy traffic jams from morning till afternoon.In Mumbai, a total of 11 instances of tree collapse or tree branch collapse were reported to BMC’s disaster management department, of which two were in the island city, one in the eastern suburbs, and eight in the western suburbs. Two instances of partial house collapse were reported, of which one was in the island city and one in the western suburbs; and four instances of short circuit were reported to BMC, of which one was in the island city, two in the eastern suburbs, and one in the western suburbs. No injuries were reported in either incident.

Mumbai to get moderate rain today: IMD
  • Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms with lightning in Gujarat till Sept 16: IMD
  • The Indian Express

    The IMD has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Gujarat till September 16 and said the Southwest Monsoon is expected to be active over the state in the coming week due to the systems that have developed in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.The IMD has said light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain are very likely across the state Tuesday. The weather bureau has cautioned that heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places is very likely in the Narmada and Surat districts Tuesday.“Heavy rains at isolated places very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Vadodara, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad and Tapi; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar,” it also predicted for Tuesday.On September 14, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts in South Gujarat along with heavy rain in the Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod, and Mahisagar districts in North Gujarat and in the Surendranagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and Botad districts in Saurashtra.The IMD said districts in Saurashtra and South Gujarat are expected to continue receiving heavy rainfall on September 15 and 16 as well.“The monsoon trough continues to pass through Nalia, Ahmedabad, Brahmapuri, Jagdalpur, the centre of depression over south coastal Odisha and neighbourhood and thence east southeastwards to East-central Bay of Bengal. Also, cyclonic circulation over the East-central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra-Goa coasts is extending above mean sea level persists,” the IMD forecast issued Sunday stated.Till 6 pm Sunday, 75 talukas recorded rainfall—Karjan in Vadodara recorded 41 mm and Umerpada in Surat 37 mm. Other areas to record heavy rain were Subir in Dang, Sinor in Vadodara, Palanpur in Banaskantha, Jotana in Mehsana, and Dahod.Parts of Ahmedabad city also recorded heavy rainfall between 4 pm and 7 pm Sunday with an average rainfall of 23 mm. Water logging was reported due to heavy rainfall in Paldi, Chandlodiya, Maninagar, Ranip, Jodhpur, Gota, and Science City.

  • Heavy rainfall in Gujarat for a week, warns IMD
  • The Indian Express

    Gujarat is likely to see heavy rainfall until September 16 as southwest monsoon is expected to be active in the coming week due to systems developed in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, stated an advisory from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Sunday.“The monsoon trough continues to pass through Nalia, Ahmedabad, Brahmapuri, Jagdalpur, the centre of Depression over south coastal Odisha and neighbourhood and thence east, southeastwards to the Eastcentral Bay of Bengal. Also, cyclonic circulation over East Central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra-Goa coasts is extending above mean sea-level persists,” the IMD stated.Until 6 pm Sunday, 75 talukas recorded rainfall on Sunday. Karjan in Vadodara recorded 41 mm, followed by Umerpada (37 mm) in Surat. Other areas that recorded heavy rainfall include Subir in Dang, Sinor in Vadodara, Palanpur in Banaskantha, Jotana in Mehsana and Dahod.Parts of Ahmedabad city also recorded heavy rainfall between 4 pm and 7 pm with an average rainfall of 23 mm. Water logging due to heavy rainfall in the areas of Paldi in the west zone that recorded 55 mm.On Monday, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Rajkot and Morbi, heavy rains at isolated places in the districts of Kheda, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Anand, Narmada, Bharuch Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and in Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Dwarka and Gir Somnath.Also, light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain is very likely across the state Monday and Tuesday.The IMD has cautioned against heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat, namely Narmada and Surat for Tuesday.Further, “heavy rain at isolated places is very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Vadodara, Bharuch Navsari, Valsad and Tapi; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar,” Tuesday.On September 14, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Vadodara and Chhota Udepur along with heavy rain Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod and Mahisagar and in Saurashtra districts of Surendranagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad.

  • Gujarat: Heavy rainfall lashes parts of Kheda
  • Times of India

  • Gujarat: Temp soars, rain likely on Friday
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: With no rain for the past few days, the maximum temperature on Tuesday increased to 35 degrees celsius, which was 2.1 degrees higher than normal. Minimum temperature also increased slightly to 25.6 degrees. According to India meteorological department (IMD) forecast, with a system advancing from Bay of Bengal to western states, several parts of the state are likely to get rainfall from Friday onwards. On Friday, Navsari, Valsad and Dang are likely to get heavy rainfall, whereas light thunderstorm with lightning and gusty wind are likely in several districts of south and central Gujarat, including Ahmedabad.

55% of AMC’s west zone flood-prone: Study
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: An hour of heavy rain in the West Zone of the city, will cause severe waterlogging at Helmet Circle, Valinath Chowk, AEC Circle, Naranpura Crossroads, RTO and Lakhudi Talav Circle, leading to a traffic nightmare. A new study by researchers from the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, found that 55% of the area of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's West Zone - which includes the city's central business district (CBD) Ashram Road, the Gujarat University area, Navrangpura, CG Road, Paldi, SP Stadium and Chandkheda-Motera - is flood prone. The IIRS study also suggests a solution, saying that in densely developed areas such as Navarangpura, if the civic body was to set up integrated Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI) it would offer an alternative approach to conventional stormwater management, along with environmental benefits. BGI is a landscape conservation approach, with nested networks of lakes and green spaces, permeable pavements, bioswales, rain gardens, urban tree cover, small ponds and wetlands. IIRS researchers Ravnish Kaur and Kshama Gupta have provided a potential map, marking suitability for a BGI network for the West Zone. The final suitability map for BGI implementation shows that of the 450 sq km of the city, about 145 sq km (32%) has low suitability, 157 sq km (35%) has moderate suitability and 148 sq km (33%) has the highest suitability. The study had considered areas for BGI networks that were larger than two hectares. Saswat Bandyopadhyay, project director, Centre of Urban Planning and Policy (CUPP), at CEPT Research and Development Foundation says, "Ahmedabad needs a sea change in the planning process to implement BGI. While we still hinge on floor space index (FSI) in the planning process, in Europe, the US and Singapore, planning involves the green plot ratio (GPR). "We can make cities climate resilient only if there is strong political will and thorough knowledge of the ground realities of town planning in Gujarat cities." Bandyopadhyay added that the construction industry in Ahmedabad had begun including elements such as vertical gardens and green roofing. He says available stormwater drainage technologies that break the speed of surface runoff should be included in the AMC's civic infrastructure.

55% of AMC’s west zone flood-prone: Study
Navratri won’t be a damp squib
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Saturday’s heavy rains in the city gave citizens palpitations not just for possible waterlogging, but over the prospect of a Navratri washout. Well, a weather agency has brought a sigh of relief for Amdavadis.The rain activity in the state that resumed after a break thanks to a depression formed in the Bay of Bengal will withdraw to coincide with Navratri.Rain likely in S GujaratIn the coming weeks, parts of South Gujarat and Saurashtra are expected to receive heavy rainfall at isolated places while the rest of the state will get light to moderate rainfall at isolated places.However, despite the delayed monsoon withdrawal, this time rains will bid adieu to the state around the dance festival. Navratri days are expected to be warm and nights balmy.It should be noted that for the last three years the state has not seen full-fledged Navratri celebrations.Usually, the monsoon starts to withdraw by September 1 from Rajasthan but this year it is expected to happen by September 17 and 18.Mahesh Palawat, VP, meteorology and weather change at Skymet Weather told Mirror that the monsoon withdrawal will begin from Rajasthan after September 17-18 and from Gujarat around September 25 to 26.“During this time, no significant weather activity is expected and temperature will remain high. So days will be warm with clear skies and the nights will be comfortable,” said Palawat.Amrish Patel, chairman entertainment committee, Karnavati Club said close to 6,000 people attend their two-day garba event. “As the ground is big it cannot be covered to protect from the rains. If it rains we will cancel the event,” said Patel.Alpesh Parikh MD, Gulmohar Greens said they organise garba on the last four days of Navratri as monsoon gets over by then.“It is not possible to cover such a large area and keeping in mind the Covid situation. We have to respect nature and will cancel the event and bear losses if it rains,” said Parikh.

Navratri won’t be a damp squib
Heavy rainfall likely in state on September 9 and 10: IMD
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

THE INDIA Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a heavy rainfall warning for Gujarat for September 9 and 10. To review the situation, the weather watch group held a meeting on Tuesday at State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) in Gandhinagar.With a system being formed in the Bay of Bengal, southern and Saurashta districts of Gujarat are expected to report heavy to very heavy rainfall on September 9 and 10.“Heavy rain is very likely at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat including Navsari, Valsad and Dang,” the IMD forecast issued Tuesday stated.Also, light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain are expected in all the districts of South Gujarat; in other districts including Ahmedabad, Anand, Aravalli, Dahod, Gandhinagar, Kheda, Mahisagar and Panchmahal; in the districts of Saurashtra and in Diu, it further alerted.On September 10, heavy to very heavy rains are expected along with Navsari and Valsad, in the districts of Saurashtra including Amreli, Gir Somnath and in Diu.Also, heavy rain is very likely expected in the districts of Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Surat, Dangs and Tapi; in Saurashtra including Surendranagar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar and Botad.“Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in all the districts of Gujarat region, Saurashtra and in Diu, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli,” the IMD cautioned.

Heavy rainfall likely in state on September 9 and 10: IMD
Guj: Decade’s fastest 100% rainfall in 70 days
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: This year, monsoon kept its date with the state on June 15, the official date on monsoon onset as taught in state textbooks since decades with 2% seasonal rains. On the morning of August 24, 70 days into the monsoon season, the seasonal rainfall crossed the 100% mark as Gujarat recorded 852 mm rain against average annual rainfall of 850 mm. This, according to experts, is the fastest coverage of seasonal rainfall at least in the past decade in terms of rain days. More good news is that all the regions got ample rainfall in different spells due to near-continuous formation of favourable weather systems. For example, Kutch district has got 55% higher rains than its annual average already, whereas districts in north Gujarat have already received 8% excess seasonal rains. Manorama Mohanty, head of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Gujarat, said 2022 saw Gujarat receive some of the highest rainfalls in the past few years. "In terms of two sub-regions of IMD, Kutch and Saurashtra got 52% excess rains so far, whereas the figure for rest of Gujarat is 32%. With favourable conditions, we expect the rainfall to continue in the state in coming days," she said. She added that IMD forecast had pointed at normal or above normal rainfall, which proved to be true. Manorama Mohanty, head of India Meteorological Department (IMD) Gujarat added that the IMD forecast for central India including Gujarat had pointed at normal or above normal rainfall, which proved to be true. "This year, both the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea got activated during monsoon. This is not a common occurrence and rendered conditions favourable for the state to get good rains. Moreover, there is a gradual change in rain pattern as Kutch, Saurashtra and north Gujarat have got ample rains," she said, adding that this year the state has received sustained rains. In July, heavy rains in parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra disrupted normal lives, whereas Ahmedabad city also reported a day of torrential rains on June 10 when the city got 28% of seasonal rainfall or 219 mm in a night. Due to good rains, there's overall 81.5% water in 207 reservoirs in Gujarat. Sardar Sarovar dam is at 90% of its capacity, whereas 57 are at 100%, 72 at 70-100%, 29 at 50-70% and 22 at 25-50%. The rains however have wreaked havoc on the road conditions across the state along with a spike in vector-borne diseases, seasonal flu along with H1N1 (swine flu) and Covid due to overcast sky, said experts.

Guj: Decade’s fastest 100% rainfall in 70 days
Heavy rainfall expected in Gujarat for 3 days
The Indian Express | 3 months ago | |
The Indian Express
3 months ago | |

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rainfall warning in parts of Gujarat for three days, till August 24.As per the IMD forecast, heavy rain is expected in Panchmahal, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Navsari, Valsad on August 22 while on the subsequent day, heavy to very heavy rain was likely in North Gujarat along with heavy rainfall in the districts of Patan, Dahod, Mahisagar, Valsad and Kutch.Ahmedabad is likely to have one or two spells of light to moderate rain with thundershowers on Monday. On August 24, Kutch district is expected to have heavy rain at isolated places, stated the weather bulletin.In addition to heavy rainfall warning on August 22 and 23, light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light rain are expected across the state.On Sunday, light rainfall occurred at a few places over South Gujarat, including in Dharampur, Umergam, Vapi and Kaprada in Valsad, Khergam, Gandevi, Chikhli and Vansda in Navsari, Bardoli in Surat.Malia and Visavadar in Junagadh, Bagasara in Amreli, Ghogha in Bhavnagar and in Ranavav in Porbadar received light rainfall.The state has already recorded 97.59 per cent average rainfall this monsoon season. Among regions, Kutch region received 152 per cent followed by South Gujarat region with 108 per cent, North Gujarat region 97 per cent, Saurashtra 89 per cent and East central 80.56 per cent.

Heavy rainfall expected in Gujarat for 3 days
Ahmedabad receives 96% of seasonal rain
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Commuters faced problems in the city after incessant rain in the morning and evening hours caused traffic jams in several areas. The city received 36mm of rainfall till 10pm on Tuesday. Waterlogging was also reported in many areas in west Ahmedabad. The highest rainfall was recorded in Chandkheda (64mm), followed by Ranip (54mm), Gota (51mm), Bopal (41.5mm), Bodakdev (40.5mm), Science City (29mm), Chandlodia (28mm), Jodhpur (22.5mm) and Kotarpur (22mm). Rain continued in several parts of the city – especially western parts – until late in the night. According to the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) data, Ahmedabad city had received 96% of seasonal rains till Tuesday morning. Against the annual average of 796mm, the city had already received 765mm of rainfall. Across Gujarat, 88.5% of the annual average rainfall is achieved according to data. Due to rain on Monday, the maximum temperature dropped by 3 degrees to 29 degrees celsius. Out of 251 talukas, only two had less than 250mm of rainfall, mentioned GSDMA data. Out of 33 districts, only Dahod has less than 50% of the annual average rainfall, whereas seven have already got 100% of the seasonal rains. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, isolated places in Kutch, Banaskantha, Patan, Bharuch, Surat, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Jamnagar, Morbi, Surendranagar, Rajkot, and Porbandar districts may get heavy rainfall on Wednesday and in Kutch on Thursday.

Ahmedabad receives 96% of seasonal rain
To perform last rites, body floated on rubber tube in MP
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 months ago | |

Absence of bridge-proper connect forced villagers to tie the body of a deceased man to a floating rubber tube to cross flooded Narmada river. Due to flood, kin of the deceased had no option but to take the body through a rubber tube to cross the water and to perform the last rights.The incident was reported on Sunday in Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur district where due to heavy rainfall, road connecting to the village was submerged into rain water.As per the police, the deceased identified as Vishmat Nanda (55), a resident of Thadpathara village in Anuppur, died in a government hospital in neighbouring Dindori district on Sunday after a heart attack.A video showing some people carrying the body across the river to their village in Anuppur district surfaced on social media platforms following which a local administration official said they would investigate the matter.It showed that the body was carried on an ambulance till Patharkucha village, but it had to be stopped there as the only road connecting the Thadpathara village was closed due to the flooded river and there was no bridge.Notably, due to heavy rain in several parts of Madhya Pradesh, life of people have been disrupted as in many places roads are submerged in water and caved in. Bridges were collapsed at many places.The state administration has issued alert in areas, especially which are located on the catchment of Narmada river. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to monitor the situation through a helicopter ride.

To perform last rites, body floated on rubber tube in MP
Surat on alert as Ukai set to release 1.81L cusecs water
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

SURAT: At least 60 people were shifted to a safer location as water from Tapi river entered low-lying areas of Surat city on Thursday. The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) also sounded an alert following the release of over 1.81 lakh cusecs of water from the Ukai dam. The civic body also barricaded the river bank in Adajan to prevent people from entering the water. According to SMC, river water enters several areas in the central zone and Rander if over 2.25 lakh cusecs was released into the river. To prevent flooding, flood gates at Hanuman Tekri, Makkaipul and Bharimata were closed. Dewatering pumps were also installed at these locations to release the rainwater into the river. On Thursday, 1.81 lakh cusecs of water was released from Ukai dam during early hours. The dam was receiving 1.95 lakh cusecs of water on Thursday evening and it is likely to increase further. Dam officials said that 2.25 lakh cusecs of water was released from Hatnur dam in Maharashtra. After 3 pm the discharge was reduced to 1.84 lakh cusecs. The water released from Hatnur will reach Ukai in 24 hours. Since rain continued between Hatnur and Ukai, additional water is also likely to be released from Hatnur. Along with Ukai, Surat district collector office and SMC officials are keeping close watch on the rain and water levels in Ukai dam. "We are releasing 1.81 lakh cusecs of water and it will be maintained for next two days. At this level of discharge we will be in a position to handle additional water," said a Ukai dam official. Meanwhile, Ukai dam water level reached 334.50 ft against the rule level of 335 ft. "Due to the full moon there was high tide in the sea hence less water from the river entered it. The disaster management department is keeping concerned offices updated about the changes in the situation," said district collector Ayush Oak. "Our teams have made some preparations and round-the-clock watch is being kept. About 60 people have been shifted to safe locations," said Banchha Nidhi Pani, city municipal commissioner.

Surat on alert as Ukai set to release 1.81L cusecs water