Incessant rainfall continues to hamper life across Madhya Pradesh as water levels inch upwards and roads are inundated. Traffic has slowed to crawl on major roads, villages in various districts have been cut-off and reports of waterlogging are emerging from many urban and rural areas.
Districts of Sehore, Vidisha, Ratlam, Ujjain and Rajgarh are the worst affected.
In Bhopal, a wall of a house collapsed in Chandbad area, though no casualties were reported. Three people in Indore, however, were not as lucky. A six-year-old boy drowned while two others died after their vehicle fell into a swollen nullah.
With the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) predicting heavy rains to continue for another 36 hours, relief is still out of sight. Warning of very heavy rainfall has been issued for isolated places in Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain divisions.
The intensity of rainfall will decrease on Monday and Tuesday, but a fresh spell of heavy rainfall caused by a weather system brewing over the Bay of Bengal is likely to strike the state from July 29, RMC director Anupam Kashyapi told HT.
In the last 24 hours ending at 8:30am on Saturday, Sarangarh received as much as 21 cm of rain, while Ratlam received 20 cm, Biaora 17 cm, Khilchipur 16 cm, Lateri 15 cm, Nalkheda 13 cm and Rajgarh 12 cm of rain.
Between 8:30 am and 5:30pm on Saturday, Ratlam received another 17 cm; while Bhopal, Ujjain, Dhar and Shajapur each received 8 cm; Indore received 5 cm; and Rajgarh and Raisen received 3 cm of rain each.
25-year record broken in Indore, poised in Bhopal
Indore has received a record high 719 mm of rain between June 1 and 5:30pm on July 25, topping the previous high of 642.9 mm of rain recorded in June-July 1996, the Met department said.
Bhopal too is expected to break a record this season. It has already received 595 mm of rain (between June 1 and 5:30 pm on July 25), inching closer to 672 mm of rain it received in June-July 2005. With rains expected to continue, the record could be breached soon, RMC director Anupam Kashyapi said.