Extremely heavy rainfall in Maharashtra has required the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to deploy seven teams in the state. As per the NDRF officials, three of the active teams have been deployed in Mumbai, one each in Nagpur, Latour, Aurangabad, and Osmanabad with all necessary security equipment and Gemini boats.
The NDRF officials said, “All seven teams deployed at the locations are active on the ground to save people from flooding after the heavy rainfall.”
The officials also said that standby teams have also been kept on alert in case of further need.
On Tuesday, The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted heavy rainfall in many parts of the country including the Marathwada region, over the next two days.
The State Disaster Management officials have confirmed that 13 persons and 206 livestock lost their lives in the rains and the subsequent floods.
The IMD also predicted that heavy rainfall over North Konkan, Gujarat, and Northcentral Maharashtra including the Marathwada region for the next two days as the result of a well-marked low-pressure area over western parts of Vidarbha and post cyclonic storm Gulab which weakened into a deep depression on September 26.
However, the national weather bureau has also issued a yellow alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad which means heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning are likely to occur in isolated places.
The teams deployed in the wake of cyclonic storm Gulab in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh have been active on the ground and helping the local administration in the restoration of normalcy in both states.