India – Deadly Floods Hit Rajasthan

Several days of heavy rain in the state of Rajasthan, India, between 06 and 10 August, 2016, has caused severe flooding in several cities and districts.

Flooding has been reported in the cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur, disrupting traffic and rail transport. Several southern districts of the state are some of the worst hit, where fatalities have occurred and where rescues and evacuations have been carried out. The flood hit districts include Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Jhalawar, Barmer and Pali.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit area in Bhilwara and Chittorgarh districts on Wednesday 10 August. The Chief Minister directed the district authorities to be alert and provide all possible assistance and relief to the people.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje surveys the flood hit areas of Rajasthan, August 2016. Photo: Office of the Chief Minister, Rajasthan
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje surveys the flood hit areas of Rajasthan, August 2016. Photo: Office of the Chief Minister, Rajasthan

Teams from the military, police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed for rescue and relief operations. NDRF flood rescue teams have been pre-positioned in flood hit areas, including one team each in Bhilwara and Jhalawar districts. In addition a team has been mobilized to Pali and three teams to Chittorgarh district.

NDRF reported earlier today that a team rescued 216 people marooned due to the sudden rise of the Banas river at Shamoli Katla village in Sawai Madhopur District.

Flood rescues in Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India. Photo: NDRF
Flood rescues in Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India. Photo: NDRF
Flood rescues in Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India. Photo: NDRF
Flood rescues in Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India. Photo: NDRF

At least 7 fatalities have been reported by local media. Six people, believed to be young children, died in flood water in Barmer district. A man was killed when he was swept away by the waters of a swollne river in Pali district.

In Chittorgarh, levels of the Bedach river, a tributary of Banas and Gambhiri rivers, are dangerously high and causing major concern.

Rainfall

Jodhpur recorded 176 mm of rain in 24 hours to 10 August, according to WMO figures. Local media report that Pali recorded 290 mm and Jalore 230 mm of rain during the same period.

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