Washout

Rain, floods disrupt life in north and east India

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

888.7 cm: total average rainfall till September 22 which is 4 per cent above normal

52.7 cm rain fell between September 16 and September 22 which is 44 per cent above normal

16.43 million people were affected by floods

1,006 people died

102 districts were affected

34,931 houses were fully damaged

772,676 people are living in relief camps

36,251 heads of cattle and livestock were lost

398,808.16 hectare (ha) of standing crop lost

Rs 951.15 crore worth losses incurred due to crop and property damage

WHY IT RAINED HARD

Weather scientists attributed the recent heavy rainfall in northern India to the interaction of western disturbances with the monsoon systems from the Bay of Bengal. The moisture carrying western disturbances normally cause rains in northern India. This year these winds penetrated deeper into the plains. The frequent western disturbances blocked moist winds (easterlies) from the Bay of Bengal and caused clouds to move upwards, leading to above normal rainfall in localised areas. The excessive rainfall was partially due to the La Nina weather condition—extensive cooling of the central and eastern Pacific ocean.

UTTARAKHAND

1,676.6 cm rainfall till September 22

497.6 cm rain between September 1 and 22 which was

209 per cent above normal

750,000 affected by flood

201 people died

1,015 houses fully damaged

10,000 people in relief camps

357 heads of cattle and livestock lost

22.962 ha of standing crop lost

Areas flooded: Haridwar, Nainital, Udhamsingh Nagar, Almora

UTTAR PRADESH

762.7 cm rainfall recorded till September 22

219.1 cm rainfall recorded from September 1 to 22 which is 57 per cent above normal

2,400,000 affected by flood

82 people died

1,175 houses fully damaged

21,683 people in relief camps

157 heads of cattle and livestock lost

5.39 ha of standing crop lost

Areas flooded: Moradabad, Rampur, Bareilly, Bahraich, Bijnor, Pilibhit, Badaun, Barabanki, Ayodhya, Ballia, Gorakhpur, Mathura

DELHI

677.4 cm rainfall received till September 15

273 cm rain recorded between September 1 and 22 was

178 per cent above normal

PUNJAB

400,000 affected by flood

38 people died

396 houses damaged

375 people in relief camps

108 heads of cattle and livestock lost

17,604.45 ha of standing crop lost

HARYANA

494.1 cm rainfall recorded till September 15

158.1 cm rain recorded from September 1 and 22 which is

149 per cent above normal

1,734,000 affected by flood

38 people died

4,676 houses damaged

67 heads of cattle and livestock lost

2,21,234.02 ha of standing crop lost

GUJARAT

73,66,000 affected by flood

210 people died

435 heads of cattle and livestock lost

BIHAR

782.6 cm rainfall till September 23 was

22 per cent deficient

76.3 cm rain between September 16 and 22 was

57 per cent above normal

720,000 affected by flood

44 people died

2,531 houses damaged

11,850 people living in relief camps

32.42 ha of standing crop lost

Areas flooded: Gopalganj, Siwan, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Basua, Baltara, Kulsera

ASSAM

2,408,240 affected by flood

4,858 houses damaged

121,156.86 ha of crop lost

GANGA IN SPATE

  • Sites where water level was within 0.50 metre of highest flood level (HFL): 5

  • Sites where water level was touching or above danger level, but below 0.50 m of HFL: 17

  • Sites where water level was touching or above warning level: 30

  • Total sites above warning level: 52 out of 147 sites where water levels are monitored

  • There was no incident of unprecedented flood where previous HFL was equalled or exceeded as of September 23

  • Stored water in 81 reservoirs on various rivers rose to 115 billion cubic metre (bcm) from 91 bcm last year. Half the reservoirs held more than 80 per cent water while 13 were full to the brim

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