Heavy rains and thundershowers lashed several parts of the state disrupting daily life. Several rivers in Vidisha, Raisen, Harda, Sehore, Ujjain and Rajgarh districts are in spate at several points because of the heavy rainfall.
Three persons died due to lightening at Kishorpura village in Tikamgarh district on Saturday night, while two children were washed away by the water in Raisen district. Around 40 students are stuck in their hostels after water from the Hugli river crossed the danger mark and entered the building in Rajgarh district.
The regional meteorological centre has released a warning for heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated areas over Bhopal and Ujjain except Neemuch and Mandsaur districts in the next 36 hours. Indore and Hoshangabad divisions are also likely to experience heavy rainfall.
Narsinghgarh recorded the highest rainfall in the past 24 hours in the state (387 mm) followed by Ujjain (319 mm). Indore and Bhopal recorded 98.0 mm and 29.1 mm rainfall respectively. Kalisindh, Newaz, Ajnar, Parvati, Gadganga, Dudhi and several other rivers have crossed the danger mark.
According to MeT officials, several parts in the state have been witnessing continuous rainfall for the past two days because of three active monsoon systems.
The state has been witnessing heavy rainfall because of three upper-air cyclonic circulations over the Gangetic West Bengal, northwest Madhya Pradesh, the adjoining Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, and over north Haryana and adjoining Punjab.
Several roads were water logged and jam packed with vehicles. Traffic on the National Highway 59-A which connects Indore and Betul was affected for hours because of an overflowing stream. Movement of vehicles on the Raisen-Vidisha (NH-146) highway was also restricted after the water level of the Betwa River crossed the danger mark.
Several villages in these districts were cut-off. Residents in Vidisha district were stuck after the gates of the Sanjay Sagar Dam were opened causing several streams to overflow. According to reports, more than a dozen foreign tourists are stuck in Sanchi.
The Maksi-Ujjain railway track was submerged in water in Ujjain. The routes of a few trains going to Indore via Maksi were also diverted to avoid accidents.
The MeT department has predicted that rain and thundershowers will continue in Bhopal for the next 24 hours.
Narsinghgarh: 387 mm
Ujjain: 319 mm
Bhopal: 29.1 mm
Indore: 98.0 mm
Jabalpur: 3.2 mm
Pachmarhi: 70.0 mm