Over 17 dead, 1000s moved to safety as rains batter various parts of India
Over 17 dead, 1000s moved to safety as rains batter various parts of India

New Delhi: At least 17 people dead due to Incessant showers caused landslides and floods in several parts of the country as on  Wednesday while thousands more were forced to move to safety place as rivers swelled and water reservoirs filled up fast.

The Telangana government has declared that schools in the state will be closed through Saturday due to the persistent rain that has flooded low-lying areas and broken several road connections. Also, due to the forecasted heavy rain, schools and colleges in Pune city and the nearby Pimpri Chinchwad district will be closed on Thursday in Palghar, Maharashtra.  

Meanwhile, Delhi,  has only received 148.2 millimeters of rain so far this year, compared to the city's usual of 149.7 millimeters since June 1. Despite morning light rainfall, the day's high humidity, which fluctuated between 68% and 95%, was uncomfortable.

Since Tuesday, torrential rains in parts of south Gujarat and Kutch-Saurashtra have killed 14 people and forced nearly 31,000 others to leave in the west.  According to state Disaster Management Minister Rajendra Trivedi, 51 state highways and more than 400 panchayat roads have been destroyed, besides  three national highways being closed in the districts of Kutch, Navsari, and Dang.

The state's reservoirs have all seen an increase in water levels as a result of the recent heavy rains, with 30 of them reaching 70 percent or more of their maximum storage capacity. The south Gujarat and Saurashtra regions are expected to experience heavy rains through Thursday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

South Gujarat's Kutch, Bharuch, Dang, Navsari, and Tapi districts all had extremely severe rains in various locations. Rajkot, Gir Somnath, Amreli, and Jamnagar were among the Saurashtra area districts that had significant rainfall. 

Rains have wreaked havoc in Maharashtra, resulting in a landslide that killed a father and his daughter in the Palghar district and four other persons being drowned in overflowing streams in the Gondia district.

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