The month of September 2011, a range of events such as heavy floods in different parts of the country.
A look at the news in the month of September 2011, indicates that the month has experienced a range of events such as heavy floods in different parts of the country with Orissa being the worst affected state, a major earthquake in the North East with Sikkim being the most affected, reports of flash floods and landslides in various parts of the country as well as reports of heavy rainfall in different parts of the country with indications that the rainfall may further subside in the coming week.
Severe floods in Orissa, Bihar and North East
The state most affected by floods has been Orissa, which has experienced the worst floods since the last 30 years. Heavy rains leading to release of water from the dams and flooding of major rivers such as the Subarnarekha, Baitarani, Brahmani, Budhabalang, Mahanadi have led to submergence of a large number of villages, loss of lives and destruction, making it extremely difficult for relief workers to reach the marooned villages. Floods sparked by two spells of heavy monsoon rains, has disrupted lives of more than two million people after submerging over 3,000 villages in the state.
The Status Report on the Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) site highlights the current impact of the floods in the different districts of Orissa.
The initial news highlights the first spell of floods in the state and the release of water from the Hirakud dam affecting 30 districts in the state followed by attempts at providing relief by the government.
This is followed by news on the second fresh round of floods in the northern parts of the state in the coming week and flooding of all the major rivers leading to submergence, marooning of a large number of villages, death and destruction followed by news on efforts being gradually made to provide relief to the areas affected with a slight reduction in intensity of flooding.
- Three major rivers in spate in Orissa: Third flood of the season looks imminent
- Floods triggered by heavy rains and release of huge water from Hirakud dam have affected 19 of the state's 30 districts in Orissa: The death toll rises to 26
- 19 districts of Orissa flood hit: Mahanadi river flowing in full spate, 60,000 people evacuated to safe places
- Heavy rains and the release of huge quantities of water from Hirakud reservoir wreck havoc in about 4,000 villages in more than half of Orissa's 30 districts
- Situation in Mahanadi Delta in Orissa continues to play havoc: Around 20 lakh people impacted by floods, leaves 19 dead
- Flood-related incidents, bring the death toll to 32 in Orissa
- Water level recedes in flood affected parts of Orissa: Rescue and relief increases
- Around 500 people set up temporary sheds on either sides of highway in Orissa following the ravage of floodwaters in their villages
- Low pressure induced heavy rains hamper relief work in flood affected areas of Orissa, the worst hit being coastal Orissa: More rain adds to the woes of the people still sheltered on river embankments
- Fresh spell of floods in river Baitarani in Orissa inundates 12 Gram Panchayats in Bhadrak and Keonjhar districts of the state: Death toll rises to 32
- Fresh floods hits North Orissa, villages marooned: Major rivers Subarnarekha, Baitarani, Brahmani,Budhabalang and several rivulets in northern districts in spate due to depression induced downpour
- Fresh round of floods hit Orissa: Nearly 900 villages marooned
- Second spell of flood hits Orissa within a fortnight: More than 2.1 million people affected in this worst flood in the state since three decades
- Flood condition in Orissa worsens: Four major rivers submerge 600 villages in the state
- Brahmani and Baitarani rivers rising in Orissa: Wrecks havoc leaving lakhs of villages marooned
- Flood in rivers Brahmani and Baitarani affects more than 20 lakh people in 10 districts of Orissa: 17 people lose lives in various flood related incidents
- Brahmani, Kharasrota river flowing above danger marks in Jajpur in Orissa: Lakhs of people affected by flood in the state
- Flood situation in Northern Orissa worsens further: More than 3000 villages inundated, 10 lakh people encircled by water
- Flood water continues to submerge Baruan-Bari, Bari-Ratnagiri and Brahmabarada-Bari roads in Bari block of Jaipur in Orissa: Relief and rescue operations in 98 villages and 29 Gram Panchayats blocked
- Flood situation continues to be critical in Bhadrak, Jajpur and Kendrapara districts of Orissa: Death toll rises to 38
- Orissa hit by worst floods in 30 years: Flooding, sparked by two spells of heavy monsoon rains, has disrupted the lives of more than two million people after submerging over 3,000 villages in the impoverished coastal state
- Around 3 lakh people affected due to floods in Orissa: State government announces seven days emergency relief in affected areas
- Central Government deploys National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to flood hit districts of Orissa
- With flood situation in four North Orissa districts remaining grim, the State Government on Saturday starts air-dropping of food packets as 992 villages continued to be marooned for the second consecutive day
- Flood water in rivers starts receding: 194 village still remain marooned in Orissa
- With water receding in all rivers, Orissa government steps up post- relief operation to restore normalcy in flood-affected areas
- Though the water level has started receding in flood-affected districts in Orissa, the slow pace of discharge into the sea combined with inadequate food materials, paucity of potable water and lack of medicines continue to compound the woes of the over 23 lakh victims
The two other states extensively being affected by floods are Bihar, where the flooding of major rivers has led to marooning of villages with people fleeing their homes in search of shelter followed by news that the situation shows some hopes of gradually easing though the rivers still have not completely receded.
Similarly, news from the north east also indicates extensive flooding of Brahmaputra and Simen rivers followed by fresh floods due to the Gai and Jiadhol rivers leading to extensive displacement of families and efforts made at rescue of the people.
Flood alerts sounded in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Kashmir, Gujarat and Punjab, Uttar Pradesh
There have also been reports of increase in the risk of floods in the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Kashmir, Gujarat, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
West Bengal and Jharkhand
Punjab and Kashmir
Flash-floods in Kashmir and Jharkhand
Earthquake followed by heavy rains, flash-floods and landslides in Sikkim
This month has also witnessed a 6.9 richter scale earthquake that hit the states of West Bengal and the North East, with Sikkim being the worst affected. The earthquake has left behind a trail of death and destruction and has been followed by heavy rains and landslides making the rescue operations extremely difficult.
- A 6.9-magnitude earthquake epicentred 68km northwest of Gangtok sends people rushing out of buildings from Calcutta to Delhi: Sikkim worst hit, full extent of the damage not yet known
- Earthquake toll rises to 72, one lakh houses damaged in worst-hit Sikkim
- West Bengal and northeastern states including the worst hit Sikkim limping back to normalcy, following the earthquake measuring 6.8 on the richter scale, but heavy rains and landslides in some rugged areas affect rescue operations
- At least 23 people dead and over hundred injured in Sikkim after a powerful earthquake leaves a trail of devastation in the Himalayan state, making relief work difficult due to landslides and road blockages
- Four days after a powerful earthquake hit the state, leaving behind a trail of deaths and devastation, Sikkim again experiences minor tremors of 3.9 magnitude
- Army resumes relief work, weather improves in Sikkim
- Flash floods strike Sikkim just a few days following a massive earthquake in the state: As many as 100 people stranded due to flash floods
- Major landslide in North Sikkim occurs following the massive earthquake that hit Sikkim this week: The area cut off from rest of the country
- Sikkim earthquake toll reaches 60 with fears of higher casualties: Fresh landslides triggered by heavy rains occur in the worst-affected areas of Mangan, Lachung, Lachen and Sighthan areas of north Sikkim
Heavy rainfall in the north, south, eastern and western states of the country now showing signs of receding
The country has experienced heavy rainfall during the four months of the monsoon this year with one percent above normal in the week upto Sept. 14, weakening from 39 percent above average in the previous week with indications that the four-month rainy season has begun to retreat after a normal spell.
North India (Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir, Delhi)
There have been reports of heavy rainfall in different parts of the country such as Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir, Delhi in the North, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the South, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand in the east, Saurashtra, Rajasthan and Maharashtra in the West and the North East.
South India (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala)
Western India (Rajasthan, Saurashtra, Maharashtra)
East India (Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand)