Heavy rainfall lashed the Madhya Pradesh capital on Tuesday after interval of almost a week. Several low lying areas in the city were inundated after the heavy rainfall. Till 5.30 pm the state capital witnessed 57 mm rainfall.
Several low-lying residential areas were left inundated after two hours heavy rainfall. Residential areas like Vasundhra colony, Shivaji Nagar, Green Park City, Ashoka Garden, Shiv Nagar, Chhola Road, Model Ground, Chanakya Puri, Coach Factory, Vishwakarma Colony, Dwarka Nagar, RCVP Noronha Academy, BDA Colony, Airport Road and some areas of Tila Jamalpur faced heavy water-logging.
The overflowing drains near Bhopal railway station, 80-feet road, Banganga, Semrakala and Safia College hit the traffic and also created trouble for residents. Two trees were uprooted in the city in South TT Nagar. A tree was also uprooted at Polytechnic Square.
The meteorological department has forecast that similar conditions will prevail in the city and several other parts of the state in the next 24 hours. Rain and thundershower is likely to occur at many places over Hoshangabad, Indore, Rewa divisions and Sheopur Kala, Shivpuri, Neemuch, Katni and Chindwara districts and at a few places over rest of the state.
The MeT office has also released a warning of heavy rainfall at isolated places in Khargone, Dewas, Khandwa, Betul, Harda, Bhind, Panna, Satna and Rewa district during next 24 hours.
Tuesday's downpour hit traffic movement on Khandwa-Hoshangabad highway in Mandla district. Meanwhile, the Ajnal river in Harda district is in spate due.
Apart from Bhopal, Hoshangabad recorded second highest rainfall in the state on Tuesday with 51 mm rain followed by Rajgarh where 44 mm rainfall was recorded.
According to the weather department, a monsoon trough line passing over the state is responsible for the current showers, while an upper air cyclonic circulation over Punjab is also bringing moisture to the state.
Heavy rains, floods killed 67 across state so far
The death toll in the rain-triggered floods in the state have gone up to 67 after 13 more deaths were reported in the last 12 days, a government statement said on Tuesday.
The official figure, however, does not include the 30-odd deaths due to the twin train accidents in Harda that apparently occurred due to erosion of soil under railway track due to flooding of a local stream.
According to government sources, till the actual cause of the accidents was not arrived at, the deaths could not be officially attributed to excess rainfall.
An official data released by the government said that by August 10, a total of 67 deaths were reported from 11 districts. Till July 28, the toll was 54. Around 10,000 houses have been damaged and 205 cattle killed due to the excess rain or flooding, the release said.
During the past two months the state has experienced at least five episodes of heavy rainfall. On Tuesday too heavy rainfall lashed several parts of the state.