Heavy rainfall that lashed eastern MP during the last two days has brought the Narmada river in spate as it was flowing over the danger mark at Barman Ghat in Narsinghpur and Sethani Ghat in Hoshangabad, putting the low-lying areas in the two districts on the alert.
Also, gates of eight major dams on different rivers were opened on Tuesday to let out the overflowing water, putting areas around these dams on alert.
With the Met office predicting further heavy rainfall in eastern and southern parts of MP, the situation is expected to get grim during the next two days.
In Hoshangabad district, over a dozen villages in Babai tehsil were put on high alert and people were shifted to higher areas as the Narmada crossed the danger mark of 1964feet at Sethani Ghat.
On Tuesday evening, Narmada was flowing a feet over the danger mark and residents of the people from low-lying areas in Hoshangabad town like Mahima Nagar, Karbala and Khojanpur were shifted to Narmada College in anticipation of waterlogging.
The road link from Hoshangabad to Pachmarhi was also cut off because of overflowing Denwa River.
Sub- divisional magistrate of Hoshangabad Rajesh Shahi told HT that the administration was on high alert and was not allowing anything to chance.
“Since the gates of Bargi and Tawa dams are open, we are expecting more water to flow in Narmada, which would aggravate the situation. But we are prepared to deal with it,” the SDM said.
ONE FEARED KILLED IN SAGAR
Though rainfall subsided in the district since Tuesday morning, the heavy showers during last two days and Monday night have caused the local streams and rivulets to overflow, affecting the interior areas of Sagar district.
A tractor trolley was swept away in overflowing Bijora river near Jamunia village under Deori police limits.
The driver of the tractor trolley, Halle Thakur, was also swept away and is feared dead.
His body is yet to be recovered.
On Monday night, floodwater of Bebas River entered Jhagri village (Banda block) trapping 12 persons, who were rescued on Tuesday morning by a team district administration.
A part of a bridge on a nullah near Kadta village on Sagar-Rehli state highway was swept away, halting the traffic on the road completely.
Under Baraitha police station at Alampura village, six persons were trapped on a plateau because of flooding of a local nullah. Rescue operations were on till filing of the report.
(With inputs from Anupam Pateria, Sagar)