The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on Tuesday issued an advisory regarding the rise in water levels of rivers in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Assam, Meghalaya and North Bengal following India Meteorological Department forecast of heavy to very heavy rains in Gujarat region, Konkan and Goa, Coastal Karnataka, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
Rapid rise in water level in Damanganga basin in the districts of Nashik in Maharashtra, Valsad in Gujarat and Daman and Diu is expected during the next 48 hours.
Due to very heavy rainfall predicted in North Konkan on June 26, there is likelihood of urban flooding in Mumbai and associated inundation in view of the high tides associated with severe monsoon conditions.
Rivers sourced in Western Ghats and flowing into the Arabian Sea may witness flash floods during the next five days. “Necessary precautions of the old bridges along the highways and along the Konkan Railway routes needs be taken as flow may increase suddenly along the course of these rivers in districts of Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, Goa, Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada Districts of Karnataka,’’ the Ministry said.
In the Krishna basin, the river and its tributaries are likely to rise in upstream districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Sholapur districts in Maharashtra. Since most of the dams in Krishna Basin have low storage, the inflows into dams in Maharashtra may increase.
Teesta river and its tributaries are likely to rise in the districts of Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar in West Bengal and in Sikkim. Necessary precautions need to be taken.
In view of the rainfall forecast in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, strict vigil against flooding will have to be kept for next three to five days in the districts of Siang, East and West Kameng, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Chirang, Goalpara, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, South Salmara and Dhubri districts.
Barak river and its tributaries in Cachar, Hailakhandi and Karimgunj district of Assam and rivers Manu, Gumti, Haora and their tributaries in Tripura are also likely to rise depending upon the intensity of rainfall.