New Delhi: Southern states witnessing flood-like situation may not get any respite soon, as India Meteorological Department has issued a red code warning for the states along the western coast, early morning here on Friday.
In its latest forecast, the weather department stated that heavy rainfall with extremely heavy falls may continue over isolated places in Gujarat, Kerala, Coastal and South Interior Karnataka, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan and Goa over the next two days.
There is a red code warning for taking action in Kerala, south interior and coastal Karnataka, Madhya Maharashtra, Gujarat, Saurashtra, East Rajasthan and East Madhya Pradesh for Friday. These regions are facing flood-like situation, which may aggravate with several river flowing above their danger levels.
Strong winds gusting upto 40-50 kmph, are likely to prevail over the Arabian Sea and along and off the West Coast and the department has advised fishermen not to venture into these areas.
The ongoing extremely heavy rainfall for the past 12 days has led river Krishna to rise all along its course in Maharashtra from its source regions and its tributaries. It is flowing in above normal situation at Arjunwad in Sangli District.
“Such has been the situation, that manual gauge observations at these stations have been suspended as the river has submerged all the gauges and the revenue authorities are not allowing people to enter river front in view of very high flow in the river," stated CWC in its latest report.
Since very heavy to extreme rainfall has been forecasted to continue for another two days, the Central Water Commission (CWC) has called for highest level precautions to be taken.
It states that advance release of water may have to be resorted to in order to avoid panic discharges after dam attaining the full reservoir levels. Downstream states have also to be warned for possible inundation of low lying areas. The total live storage available in the 35 reservoirs in Gujarat and Maharashtra is 17.40 BCM which is 54% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs.
Extremely heavy rains have been witnessed in North Kerala in the districts of Kasargod, Kannur Kozhikode, Palakkad, Trichur, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam and Pattanamthitta districts. There is possibility of above normal to severe floods in the above districts, stated the CWC as rainfall continue.
River Kuttaydi at Kuttayadi in Kozhikod District is flowing in extreme flood situation and has crossed the High Flood level (HFL) created last year after severe floods ravaged the state.
A flood alert has been sounded for Ballari and Koppal districts in Karnatala, Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wynad, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur districts in Kerala, districts in the basins of Wainganga, Wardha, Pranhita, Penganga in Maharashtra, and Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Erode, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri inTamil Nadu.