Heavy rainfall due to ‘deep depression’ causes disruption on India’s west coast

The depression is likely to further intensify, as rainfall warning continues for different parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat.

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Heavy rainfall has created havoc in different parts of the country, owing to the deep depression formed over the Bay of Bengal that crossed Andhra Pradesh today. Incidents like water-logging and wall collapse affected Western and Central Maharashtra, while several areas in Telangana, including the capital city Hyderabad, suffered inundation in different parts and also killed people.

The depression lay centred over north interior Karnataka and adjoining areas of Maharashtra and Telangana, about 80 km northwest of Gulbarga (north interior Karnataka) and about 160 km east of Solapur (Madhya Maharashtra), today. By 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Solapur had witnessed 79 mm of rainfall.

According to the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the depression is very likely to continue to move west-northwestwards and emerge into the east-central Arabian Sea off Maharashtra coast around the morning of October 16th. The IMD has stated that there is also a possibility of its further intensification into a Depression over east-central and adjoining northeast the Arabian Sea off Maharashtra–South Gujarat coasts and gradual west-northwestward movement.

Wall Collapse in Pandharpur

At least six persons have been reported to die in Pandharpur after a wall collapsed on the Kumbhar Ghat of River Chandrabhaga. The people were waiting by the wall because of the heavy rainfall that has been pouring over Pandharpur since last night. The wall was reportedly built as part of the beautification of the Ghat.

Flooding in Hyderabad

The continuous rainfall in the city and surrounding areas for the past three days has led to flooding in Hyderabad and surrounding areas, wherein at least 15 people have been reported to die in different incidents. The situation has worsened after floodgates of the Himayat Sagar dam, which supplies water to Hyderabad, were opened as the water levels rose. On Tuesday, Hyderabad received 29.8 cm rainfall in 24 hours, which is the highest rainfall ever received by the city as per IMD.