Heavy rains lashed Bhopal again on Tuesday creating a flood-like situation.
Bhopal city recorded 36.4mm of rainfall on Tuesday at 8.30 am for preceding 24 hours, said officials of IMD Bhopal Centre.
Between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, Bhopal recorded 57.6 mm rainfall. For the next 24 hours in Bhopal starting Tuesday, IMD Bhopal has predicted heavy rainfall.
Low lying areas flooded, over 500 houses damaged
Low lying areas of New and Old Bhopal were flooded and water logged and dug up roads increased the civic mess.
Rain water flooded several houses, drains and the poor sewerage network led to overflowing of rain water on road and streets.
More than 500 houses in Bhopal have been damaged due to incessant rainfall.
Dist admin declares a holiday in all schools on Wednesday
School children did not get any respite as they had to wade their way through water-logged streets to reach their school despite an alert sounded by the weather forecast department.
However, the district administration has declared a holiday in all the schools on Wednesday.
Areas like Ashoka Garden, Nehru Nagar, Shahpura, Shabri Nagar and Rangmahal location were the worst affected.
Jail road, New Market road, MP Nagar zones, polytechnic square roads and many other areas were pockmarked which led to traffic snarls.
Ensure arrangements to prevent diseases in rain-affected areas: CM
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed officials to ensure arrangements to prevent rain-generated diseases in rain-affected areas and hold health camps in the state.
The Bhopal Municipal Corporation began an anti-encroachment drive on Monday. However, it had to take a break from the drive to focus on rescue operations on Tuesday.
Mayor Alok Sharma said, “Encroachment was the reason behind water logging and flooding in Bhopal. We will remove encroachments at the earliest. For now, we have to focus on saving lives and rescuing people.”
The mayor is expected to soon hold a meeting with the public works department and the Bhopal Development Authority officials to discuss the civic mess in the city.
The BMC emergency call centre has received over 1,000 complaints related to rain, water logging, falling of trees and flooding.
The Madhya Pradesh Tourism will felicitate boatmen including Dal Bahadur, Jagdish Manjhi and Harinarayan Yadav on Wednesday for saving many lives on July 9.
BMC emergency control room numbers
Main emergency control room: 0755- 2542222/2542251
In-charge: Pradeep Verma : 9424499888
Flood Helpline number: 1079
BMC Call Centre: 0755-2701000, 2701012/13,
Toll free number: 18002330014