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Cyclone Biparjoy: Heavy Rainfall Causes Flood-Like Situation In Rajasthan's 3 Districts

The three districts of Jalore, Sirohi, and Barmer are witnessing flood-like situations as Cyclone Biparjoy has developed into a depression over Rajasthan.

SDRF personnel rescue people living in low-lying areas of Bhinmal village after heavy rainfall under the influence of Cyclone Biparjoy, in Rajasthan's Jalore
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The three districts of Jalore, Sirohi, and Barmer in Rajasthan are witnessing flood-like situations after receiving heavy rainfall. 

Cyclone Biparjoy has developed into a depression over Rajasthan and is causing heavy rainfall in parts of the state. A depression is the remnant of the storm. It was over central parts of south Rajasthan and neighbourhood and moved east-northeastwards with a speed of 10 kilometres per hour in the morning, according to the meteorological department.

Visuals from Rajasthan show water-logging in several areas. 

No loss of life so far

Despite flood-like situations, an official said that no loss of human life and livestock has been reported so far.

Officials said the Indian Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been requested to remain on standby in case of any eventuality.

At least six people were rescued by the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) in Pali district after they were stuck due to waterlogging in low-lying areas.

"There is a flood-like situation in Jalore, Sirohi and Barmer due to heavy rainfall. No loss of human life and livestock has been reported so far. Our teams are on alert," said P C Kishan, Secretary, State Disaster and Relief.

The official said four-five small anicuts were damaged in Barmer due to heavy water flow, whereas several big dams are overflowing in Pindwara, Abu Road and Reodar.

Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that train tracks were breached at five places in Rajasthan because of Cyclone Biparjoy and that the work was on at "war footing" to restore tracks.

Heavy rain to continue for next 15-20 hours: Official

There is an alert for heavy rains in Rajasthan for the next 15-20 hours, said P C Kishan, Secretary, State Disaster and Relief.

Kishan added that water level in Batisa dam in Sirohi rose to 315 metre.

Several areas in the state recorded heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours, according to Disaster Relief and Management Department.

Ahore in Jalore recorded 471 mm rain, followed by 456 mm in Jalore, 360 mm in Mount Abu, 338 mm in Chitalwana, 332 mm in Jaswantpura, 322 mm in Raniwada, 315 mm in Sheoganj, 270 mm in Sumerpur, 249 mm in Rani and 240 mm in Bali till 9.30 am Sunday, according to Disaster Relief and Management Department.

Several other places in Jalore, Sirohi, Barmer and Pali have recorded rainfall of 25 mm and above during this period.

It is very likely to continue to move towards east-northeastwards and maintain the intensity of depression during the next 12 hours, the MeT office said.

It  has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places in Pali, Sirohi, Udaipur, Rajasamand districts on Sunday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely at isolated places in Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Kota divisions.

Decrease in heavy rainfall activity from southwest parts of Rajasthan is very likely from Sunday night onwards, the MeT offices said.

A moderate flash flood-like risk is likely in parts of east and west Rajasthan during the next 24 hours (till 5.30 am on June 19), it said.

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(With PTI inputs)

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