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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Flood Summary

Last updated: August 23, 2016
Event
Rajasthan, India, August 2016
Date
August 6, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
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. More rain was reported over the next few days, but by 13 August, local media reported that the flood waters started to recede. Further heavy rain occurred from 20 August, affecting the districts of Baran, Jhalawar, Chittorgarh and Pratapgarh. At least 8 people, all members of the same family, died after a part of a house collapsed in Baran district.

Locations

A - Bhilwara
B - Chittorgarh
C - Jhalawar
D - Barmer
E - Pali

Magnitude

Rainfall level
176 mm in 24 hours
Jodhpur - August 9 to August 10, 2016
Rainfall level
290 mm in 24 hours
Pali - August 9 to August 10, 2016
Rainfall level
230 mm in 24 hours
Jalore - August 9 to August 10, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
16 people
August 6 to August 15, 2016
Fatalities
8 people
Baran - August 20 to August 21, 2016
Fatalities occurred after a house collapsed.