At least seven people died in incidents caused by rain in different parts of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, while streets and homes in the state capital were flooded after days of continuous downpour.
The seven deaths over the 24 hours preceding Sunday puts the death toll from monsoon-related incidents to 55 in the state.
In Bhopal, roads were waterlogged and homes flooded after heavy rain over the past two days.
The city received 54.3 mm rainfall on Sunday, according to Meteorological department here, which warned of more rains in the coming week.
Among the casualties was 15-year-old Digvijay Singh, a resident of Gurh in Rewa district, who drowned in the swollen Son river when he was on a picnic with friends. Two of his friends were rescued when they were caught in the current as they attempted to bathe in the river.
In similar incidents, two youth were swept away in flooded waters in Bamauri area of Raisen and Mandla district and a 7-year-old boy was lost in a flooded nullah in Badarwas area of Shivpuri district.
In Vidisha district, an unidentified middle-aged man was buried alive in a wall that collapse after being weakened by rain in Samadpur area of Sironj town.
An elderly woman was killed when she was struck by lightning in Tikaria area of Mandla.
The Indian Meteorology Department centre Bhopal has issued ‘high alert’ for heavy rainfall on Monday in districts that include Guna, Jabalpur, Vidisha, Rajgarh, Hoshangabad and Balaghat. IMD has also issued an alert for heavy rainfall in districts that include Bhopal, Mandla, Agar, Raisen, Sagar, Dewas, Indore, Shahjapur, Ujjain, Dindori and Khandwa.
Water overflowing from choked drains in Bhopal flooded many roads, including some which have trenches dug up for laying of pipes, causing traffic to slow down and creating jams at several places.
Roads in Kolar witnessed knee-length water as residents complained of poor drainage system while flooded roads and ditches caused chaos in Karnod.
“The problem is that most of the city roads turn into a pool whenever there is heavy rainfall. This has become a tiresome experience every year as we struggle to negotiate the roads flooded with rain water and sewage,” said Illaina Syed, a resident of Jehangirabad.
Water-logging has affected areas such as Rajeev Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Banganga, Old City, Mahamayi Ka Baag, Moti Masjid, and Jehangirabad due to poor drainage and sewerage network system. Water has entered many houses in low-lying slum areas of Mother India Colony, lower parts of Idgah Hills and Shahjanabad.
“Our entire grain storage and electronic equipments have gotten spoiled. Rains have cost us dearly this year,” said Bajrangpal Deshmukh, who has a kuccha house in slum areas along Jail road. The tall claims of Bhopal Municipal Corporation have fallen flat as not enough measures have been taken to check water logging, observers said.