Heavy rain and associated flooding have been reported in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh between Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8. At least four people have been killed as of Monday, September 9, and at least seven remain missing.
In Gujarat, heavy rain hit the districts of Kutch and Saurashtraw with 100 to 250 mm (4-10 in) of rain reported between Saturday night (local time), and Sunday. As of Monday, at least three people died of drowning and electrocution. Roads, including the Porbandar-Dwarka and Somnath-Una coastal highways were inundated and road closures were reported between Saturday and Sunday.
In Madhya Pradesh, heavy rain hit several districts on Sunday. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast more rain in 32 districts of West Madhya Pradesh until Tuesday, September 10. Both private and public schools were ask by authorities to remain closed on Monday due to associated flooding. One person was reported dead.
In Andhra Pradesh, the State Disaster Management (APSDMA) issued a first-level flood warning due to rising water of three reservoirs in Godavari Basin on Sunday. Further, flood warning has been raised to second-level in Telangana. State and National Disaster Response Force (SDRF/NDRF) personnel have been deployed to flooded areas.
Additional rain and associated flooding are likely in the affected areas and across the country in the coming days. Associated business and transportation disruptions are likely.
Heavy rain and flooding are relatively common during the summer monsoon, which usually hits India from July to September.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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