National Disaster Response Force

Bhiwandi building collapse: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed grief at the building collapse incident in Maharashtra's Bhiwandi.

According to the data released by the department on Wednesday, 16 districts in the state have been affected by the rising waters. This has resulted in the loss of 19 human lives and affected a combined population of 66,60,655. A total of 12,202 people have been shifted to relief camps as of Wednesday.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 21 rescue teams in Bihar.

As per the officials, the building collapsed in Indra colony in Dehradun's Chukkuwala area at 1:30 am on Wednesday.

Cyclone Nisarga is expected to last for six hours, leading to depression on Thursday morning, as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

National Disaster Response Force, Indian Army and local police are currently carrying out rescue efforts in flood-affected areas. The situation may take a turn for worse as the India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places over the next five days.

Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Gujarat. "Strong winds, speed reaching 40-50 kmph, are likely to prevail over along and off Gujarat-Maharashtra-Goa coasts. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas," the weather department said.

"Lakhs of farmers of this country are confronted with multi-fold problems which are yet to be addressed properly by different governments, both at the centre and state levels," Acharya said in a statement.

It is a 2-day annual conference where various agendas like status of SDRF, Civil Defence and several others will be discussed and mock drills will also be conducted.

Manorama Mohanty, a scientist at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad told ANI, "Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat. It will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbandar and Dwarka. Its effect will be seen in the coastal regions as there will be strong winds and heavy rain as well."