A three-storey building collapsed in Narsinghpur district on Sunday, in the second incident of the kind to occur since heavy rainfall lashed Madhya Pradesh over the last two days.
Although there was no loss of life, rescue officials toiled for seven hours to rescue a woman trapped under the rubble. Police said the woman – 48-year-old Sangeeta Jain – was grinding wheat when the foundations of the structure gave away. Three others of her family managed to escape to safety.
Sangeeta, whose right hand got stuck under a block of concrete, was admitted to a district hospital in Narsinghpur for a minor surgery. She was later referred to the Jabalpur Medical College hospital.
The 75-year-old building, located in the main market of Narsinghpur town, was owned by one Sharad Jain. “For the last three days, the family had been sensing vibrations in the walls of the building. This morning, the entire structure shook – spurring Sharad and two others to run out in panic. But the woman remained behind,” said Narsinghpur sub-divisional officer of police Naresh Sharma.
In another incident, police and fire officials rescued three people – including a minor boy – from a flooded water body at Bhopal’s Kolar area on Sunday noon. Sources said Krishna Patel, a 22-year-old resident of Damkheda, waded into a flooded nallah near Sarvadharm bridge in an inebriated condition. He, however, got stuck in the strong current. Two others – Chandrasekhar Pal (17) and Islam (55) – jumped into the nallah to rescue him, only to land in the same situation.
Local residents informed the police, who rushed to the scene with fire department personnel and rescued the three in an hour-long operation. “Patel was under the influence of alcohol during the incident,” said Kolar police station in-charge Gaurav Singh Bundela.
Meanwhile, rescue workers in Raisen district recovered the body of a youngster who was washed away into the flooded Kodi river two days ago. Identifying the deceased as Sanjay Singh Dhadak, Raisen Kotwali town inspector Abhay Nema said he and a friend – Padam Singh Bhadoria – were travelling in a jeep when the incident occurred. The search for Bhadoria was still on, he added.
Eight people stranded due to the overflowing Sindh river in Shivpuri district were also rescued in a joint effort by local residents and officials.
Bamhori in Majholi tehsil of Jabalpur district has been marooned since Friday, with water from the swollen Suhar river entering agricultural land. However, Majholi Naib tehsildar Sandeep Jaiswal said the water level has begun receding, and the district administration has already sent a rescue team to the affected village with food and medical aid.