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Six die in MP floods, red alert sounded in Assam

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Indore, July 04, 2013
First Published: 19:31 IST(4/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:14 IST(5/7/2013)

Six people were killed in Indore and its neighbouring districts in the last 24 hours due to heavy rains that lashed the area. Rivers and nullahs were overflowing and low lying areas were flooded throughout the region.

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While three persons were killed in Indore city, and three others were killed in Dewas district, situated 30 km east of Indore.

Indore district saw nine inches of rain in the last 24 hours, making it one of the heaviest in the last decade. Over 1000 people living in low lying slums have been evacuated to safer places.

In Indore city, three persons were swept away by the waters. One of them was a five-year old girl who fell down in an open chamber near Rajiv Gandhi Nagar early on Wednesday.

The girl, Rajvandani, daughter of Tikaganj had gone to answer call of nature when she fell into the chamber and was swept away. Her body is still to be retrieved. Soon after the incident, fire brigade personnel reached the spot but they could not find her.

Late on Wednesday evening, two youths who had ventured out in the rains in their motorcycle fell into the Champabagh nullah and were drowned.

The body of one of the youths, Vishal, resident of Adarsh Nagar, Raoji Bazaar, was found in the Chandrabhaga area Thursday morning, while his friend, Lokesh’s body is still missing.

In Dewas district, Buddha Korku (65) died when he fell into a nullah at Pipalkota, Satwas tehsil. Two brothers Lalsingh and Harisingh were killed in a lightning struck them in village Pokhar Khurd.

Movement of traffic which had stopped along the Indore-Betul highway for the past 24 hours restarted on Thursday afternoon.

An earlier report had said that five persons had died in a wall collapse in Choral. However, when administration officials reached there they found that the house had been vacated and no one had been killed.

When water level started rising in the city, the administration declared a high alert and by Wednesday night they started evacuating the people from the low lying areas.

Meanwhile, in Assam the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall, which is likely to worsen the flood situation.

After the IMD’s communication to the Assam government, a red alert have been sounded in Sonitpur, North Lakhimpur, Golaghat and Barpeta districts.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi held an emergency meeting on Thursday and directed officials of the water resources and other departments to take emergency measures.

He asked officials to move people near the riverbanks to safer places. Gogoi also called for a widespread media campaign to create awareness among the people living near the riverbanks.

Officials of the water resources department said erosion was taking place in Jorhat, Morigaon, North Lakhimpur, Dhakuakhana and Barpeta districts, following the rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries.


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