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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 43
June 26, 2007 / IFNet secretariat

FLASH NEWS

Monsoon caused heavy rains and flash flood in India


1. DATE
Saturday 23 June, 2007



2. WEATHER CONDITIONS
Since the onset of South -West Monsoon during early weeks of June,
a deep depression had developed over Bay of Bengal on 21st June(Thursday)
as reported by Indian Meteorological Department.
The deep depression overcast areas located west-northwest of Telangana region,
coastal Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, coastal and
interior Karnataka, whole of Kerala,
Goa (Konkan), Lakshadweep and
Madhya Maharashtra.
Incessant downpours since Thursday night dumped almost 200 millimeters
(eight inches)
on low-lying areas in three districts of the coastal state,
causing rivers and streams to flood.
Mumbai, Maharashtra's capital and the country's financial hub, received
almost 300
millimeters of rain in the 24 hours up to Sunday morning,
causing flooding


3. DAMAGE 
- Andhra Pradesh : 41 deaths including that of 8 fishermen still missing and 10 people dead
  due to landslide was reported from districts of Prakasam,
Cuddappa, Karimnagar,
  Sirukakulam, Kurnool. East and West Godavari. Disrupted rail and road traffic has
   returned to normalcy.
- Kerala: 52 people died in the past four days, and 13 houses collapsed and 422 damaged in
  Thiruvanathapuram district, 9 persons reported to
be injured. Breaches along seawalls
  off the coast of Thiruvanathapuram
and landslip were reported from Wayanad district.
- Karnataka: 39 deaths have been reported from districts of Belgaum, Madikeri, Bellary,
   Shimoga,Gulbarga, Karwar and Koppal. State Highways
in districts of Kodagu and
   Raichur was closed for road movement due to
 overflowing of Maski dam and bridges.
   In Udupi District rivers have crossed
 danger levels.
- Tamil Nadu: A flood alert has been issued to surrounding low lying areas of Siruvani
  catchment area of Noyyal and Bhavani rivers in Coimbatore
 district.
- Maharashtra: 15 people died in house collapses from powerful storms and lightning strikes.
   Landslides have occurred in three areas of Ratnagiri
 district. Water logging in low lying
  areas of Mumbai Suburban areas has
 been reported.
 
  These numbers of victims were quoted from both news sources AFP and UNDP.



4. NUMBER OF DEAD AND DISPLACED PERSON (as of June 25, 2007)
    Dead : 157
    Displaced : 100,000


5.LOCATION
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/fullMaps_Sa.nsf/luFullMap/223F9BF177059391C12573000040B4A9/
$File/rwmm_FF_ind070620.pdf?OpenElement

(Reliefweb)


6. GFAS RAINFALL INFORMATION
 According to GFAS, daily precipitation exceeding 5-year return period was observed
 around India on June 23 (Fig.1).


                                              Fig.1: GFAS Excess area map of 5-year return period precipitation (in red)
                                                                                           June 23, 2007


Please check GFAS page:
http://gfas.internationalfloodnetwork.org/gfas-web


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