Aurangabad : The Marathwada region, which has borne the brunt of a drought for the last six months, is now suffering the wrath of the rain gods. Over 30 people and 103 herds of cattle are feared killed by lightning and building collapses in the last two months. Regular life has been thrown out of gear, with transport and other necessary services badly affected.
All the small and medium dams in Marathwada are filled to the brim, while major dams are upto 50-75 per cent filled. Railway tracks have been damaged, with the result that services connecting the northern and southern parts of the country have been hit.
Long distance trains are running 10-12 hours behind their schedules, while some passenger and short route trains have been cancelled on account of damage to railway tracks between Nanded and Manmad.
More than 150 villages in the region find themselves marooned as the Godawari and Penganga rivers have been in spate since July. Villagers have been evacuated and sheltered in school buildings at safer locations. There has been an outbreak of waterborne diseases. These areas are also experiencing continuous power outages, shortage of rations, medicines, other essential commodities and services. The government machinery is experiencing shortage of manpower, as thousands of villagers have been stranded in flood-hit areas. Roads have suffered extensive damage in the entire region. The connectivity to Vidarbha and the state of Karnataka has been cut.
District Rainfall in mm People dead Cattle dead
Aurangabad 328 01 09
Beed 324 06 10
Jalna 429 03 17
Latur 469 03 11
Nanded 660 09 30
Parbhani 518 03 05
Hingoli 676 02 10
Osmanabad 350 04 11