Officials report heavy rain and consequent severe flooding left at least 16 dead in Maharashtra state and five others in Karnataka state as of Wednesday, August 7. Sustained rainfall has displaced some 132,000 people across Maharashtra, including 53,000 in Sangli and 51,000 Kolhapur, as well as 1300 in Pune. Floodwaters led officials to close parts of 30 state highways and the Mumbai-Bengaluru national highway (NH 48) in recent days. In Karnataka, 26,000 were evacuated from multiple villages, while in Odisha state, heavy downpours led to rail disruptions.
Further rainfall is forecast to continue through the end of the week, with intermittent heavy rainfall in isolated areas. Transportation disruptions, including road closures and train delays and cancelations, and communication disruptions are expected in the coming hours and days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions and flight reservations before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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