As of Wednesday, September 18, heavy rains have caused rivers to overflow across multiple states since Sunday, September 15, leading to significant flooding.
The Central Water Commission (CWC) issued a flood alert on Wednesday for all districts located along the Ganga River between Buxar and Bhagalpur in the state of Bihar, and further advised to monitor the situation in areas located along rivers in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan, and West Bengal.
In Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), the Ganga and Yamuna river overflow caused severe floods, affecting at least 1200 homes on Wednesday. The district administration asked schools to remain closed until Friday, September 20. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed to flooded areas.
In the city of Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), the Ganga river overflowed by 38 cm (14 in) above warning levels on Monday, September 16. Flooding was also reported in Maruti Nagar, Patel Nagar, and other low lying areas. Boat operations have been suspended in the area until further notice. In Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), the overflow of Chambal river's overflow led to significant flooding in the districts of Sheopur, Morena, and Bhind, following the spill over of the Gandhi Sagar dam on Monday, September 16,
Additional rain and associated flooding are likely in the affected areas 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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