At least 12 people were feared dead as they were swept away in an overflowing local stream due to heavy rainfall in the Budhni town of Sehore district on Monday.
Eight bodies, including those of two women and three children, had been recovered till the time of filing of this report, while the search for rest is still going on.
All the 12 people used to live in shanties in Tola Pakka Parcha village which lies under the Khandabarh panchayat. Their shanties were situated on the banks of the Kaliadev stream which, following heavy rains, overflowed and swept away the shanties.
With this incident, the weather-related toll has reached 15 in the state as three children had earlier died due to lightning in Kishorepur village of the Tikamgarh district on Sunday.
According to the regional meteorological office, heavy to very heavy rains and thundershowers would continue over Indore, Ujjain, Bhopal and Hoshangabad division within the next 48 hours.
Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to occur over Gwalior, Chambal, Jabalpur, Sagar divisions and Neemuch and Mandsaur districts. Moderate rain and thundershowers will occur in all the other parts of the state.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited the flood-affected areas in Budhni on Monday. He also announced a compensation of `2 lakh to the kin of the persons who were swept away.
Heavy rainfall since Friday night in several parts of the state also affected traffic on highways. Streams flowing above the danger mark in rivers and other streams obstructed traffic for several hours, leading to traffic jams.
Road connectivity on the Indore-Bhopal, Rehti- Bhopal, Budhni- Bhopal, Vidisha-Ashoknagar and Shahganj-Bhopal highway remained snapped for hours on Monday.
The Nasrullaganj town of Sehore district received highest amounts — 35 cm — of rainfall in the past 24 hours in the state. Several slums were submerged in the Nasrullaganj, Ichhawar and Daulatpur towns of Sehore district.
Haiderganj and Sonda villages of Sehore district have been completed cut off due to heavy rainfall since Saturday. More than 80 houses in Sonda village have been completely submerged.
Meanwhile, the MeT office released warnings for heavy to very heavy rainfall in few places of Indore division, except the Jhabua and Alirajpur districts, Ujjain division, except the Neemuch and Mandsaur districts and Hoshangabad and Harda districts, for the next 48 hours.
Warning for heavy rainfall has also been released for Rajgarh, Sehore, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Sehore and Alirajpur districts.
The state capital witnessed 31.7 cm rainfall on Monday. The city has recorded 443.7 mm rainfall since June 1 — which is 3% more than normal rainfall. Weathermen predict that moderate to heavy rainfall will be witnessed in the city in next 48 hours.