Heavy rains lashed Rajasthan’s capital city Jaipur on Friday, creating a flood-like situation in many parts. About 100mm rainfall was recorded by the weather department in six hours.
Downpours led to severe water-logging bringing life to a standstill in many parts of Jaipur with roads submerged with up to three feet of water. netizens flooded social media sites with videos capturing the havoc as waters gushed down the streets.
Low-lying areas were severely inundated after three hours of continuous rains. Shocking videos showed scores of vehicles submerged. In some places, strong water currents made it difficult for people to remain on their feet. Water filled government offices, hospitals, and buses.
Damages caused by the catastrophic flood
Flood-damaged homes in low-lying areas of the city. Around 3,000 people were rescued from flooded areas and moved to safer ground by rescue teams from the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF).
According to local media, three people drowned in floodwaters in 2 separate incidents. The three deceased persons are Rampratap Meena, Pari Meena, Kana Meena.
According to a source, 24 pucca houses and 13 kutcha houses were damaged due to the rains in the district
Jaipur Office of IMD reported that Jaipur recorded 176mm of rain in 24 hours too early 15 August. Jamwa Ramgarh in Jaipur district recorded 250mm of rain during the same period.
Heavy precipitation is the suggested cause of flood this year.
Anticipation for further damages
The center has issued four alerts until 1 pm on Friday. The analysis asserted: “Thunderstorms with light to moderate rain are likely to occur in several locations in Jaipur, Sikar, Ajmer, Tonk, Nagaur, Alwar, Dausa, Bharatpur, Sawai Madhopur, Karauli, Kota, Baran and Bhilwara districts and their adjoining areas.”
The report warned that rains would result in localized flooding of settlements and roads, low-lying areas, underpasses, short-term disruption to civic services, increased travel time, slippery roads, and the closure of roads across low-water bridges.
Jaisamand in Udaipur district has received the cumulative maximum rainfall since June 1 at 859 mm.
While the single-day maximum rainfall was recorded on June 20 at Raipur in Jhalawar district at 173 mm.
What’s the call of local administration on this?
- In a bid to tackle flood-like situations in the future the district administration is planning to purchase new mud pumps (used for pumping out muddy water) through the state disaster response fund.
- District collector Antar Singh Nehra on Monday announced the release of compensation amount of Rs 1 lakh each from the Chief Minister’s relief fund for the families of the four persons, who died due to heavy rains on August 14.
- Many families will be given compensation as per SDRF norms. The local administration has asked the tehsildar for a report after collecting the required documents (from the victims) and conducting a survey of the damages. The compensation amount will also be released to the family of a 15-year-old boy, whose body was found on Monday.
- Nehra further added, “Instructions have been given to the departments concerned to fix the damages caused to power and water supply lines.
- In the case of fully damaged houses – pucca and kutcha – the compensation amount is Rs 95,000 for plain areas and Rs 1.01 lakh for hilly areas. For partially damaged houses (damage 15% and more), the compensation amount is Rs 5,200 and for huts, the compensation amount is Rs 4,100.
- Food and accommodation facilities are being provided at the relief camps.
Flood damages in 2020
Heavy rainfall continues to batter states in 2020 across India with rivers in several parts of the country flowing above the danger mark.
- In the north-eastern state of Assam, more than five million people have been hit by floods in the meantime.
- In the eastern Indian state of Bihar, nearly eight million people have been affected by floods and at least 24 deaths have been reported.
Bihar faces a dual crisis of Covid-19 pandemic and flooding. People are expected to take shelter together in relief camps, impacting on social distancing measures
- Mumbai, India’s commercial capital has ground to a halt after the heaviest August rainfall in 47 years causing widespread flooding. After heavy rain, one woman and two children had been wiped away in a submerged drain.
Though monsoon flooding in Mumbai is an annual phenomenon, this year the floods reached areas that have never experienced it before.
2020 has certainly proved itself as the worst year of the decade, as flood disasters along with Corona Virus pandemic continues to ruin thousands of lives every day