Flood havoc continues in MP: Over 3 lakh affected, toll now 29

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2016 15:46 IST
Water level in Bhopal’s Upper Lake has increased by nearly ten feet compared to last year. The level has reached 1665 feet , only two feet short of lake's full tank level. (Chandresh Mathur/HT photo)

The death toll in the rain related incidents in Madhya Pradesh has reached 29, with drowning of two teenagers in Singrauli district. Excessive rains have affected 21 districts of the state. Over 3.46 lakh population has been affected by the excessive rains. Over 2500 houses have been destroyed completely and 18,000 houses have been partially affected, according to government officials. Till now 7500 persons have been rescued in various flood affected areas, including 1600 in Vidisha on Sunday.

Two boys drown in Singrauli

On Sunday evening, 12 year Lalu Singh Gond and 13 year old Aman Singh drowned in Kundwar area of Singrauli district while they were swimming in a local water body. Ten persons were marooned at village Belgaon due to washing away of a bridge in Chhindwara district.

Over 150 people shifted to safer area after water level rose in the Machna river in Betul district. A house collapsed in Chhindwara district. Two children trapped under rubble were rescued. A Scorpio vehicle was swept away in swelled Machna river in Betul district.

According to government officials, so far 22 persons have died due to excessive rains in the state. These include five in Bhopal, three in Vidisha, five in Damoh and one each in Raisen, Rewa, Sagar, Mandla, Tikamgarh, Damoh, Seoni, Sehore and Agar-Malwa districts.

CM asks officials to ensure arrangements to prevent outbreak of diseases

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired a meeting to review the flood situation in the state. Chouhan directed officials to ensure arrangements to prevent outbreak of diseases in rain-affected areas and hold health camps there. He also said water samples from affected areas should be tested. Chouhan was informed that surveys to assess losses due to excessive rains have been started. Chouhan also directed officials that adequate medicines should be made available in affected areas. He said reports about losses due to excessive rains should be sent to the Centre at the earliest.

Meanwhile, meteorological department (IMD) Bhopal Centre has sounded ‘high alert’ for heavy rain and thunderstorm activity in Guna, Betul , Agar, Ujjain and Hoshangabad districts and ‘alert’ in Rajgarh , Jabalpur , Narsingpur, Dewas, Mandsaur, Khandwa, Seoni Vidisha, Indore, Harda, Shajapur, Sehore and Dhar districts.

IMD Bhopal Centre has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places for next 24 hours in Hoshangabad, Ujjain, Betul , Khandwa, Dhar , Dewas, Harda, Sehore districts and heavy rainfall in Vidisha, Guna, Ashoknagar, Agar, Shajapur, Bhopal, Indore , Rajgarh, Burhanpur , Khargone, Barwani, Neemuch, Mandsaur ,Shivpuri districts.

Bhopal city recorded 4.8mm of rainfall on Monday 8.30 am for preceding 24 hours, said officials of IMD Bhopal Centre. For next 24 hours in Bhopal, IMD Bhopal has predicted there will cloudy sky with thunder activity and intermittent rainfall.

Chouhan meets grieving family of late Deepak, who saved 20 lives

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday visited Rajiv Nagar locality of Kotra here and met the family of late Deepak, who lost his life saving at least 20 persons in the heavy rainfall in the state capital. CM .while appreciating the exemplary courage shown by late Deepak, paid tribute to him. Chouhan said that Deepak lost his life but saved many lives. He handed over a cheque of Rs 4 lakh as honorarium to late Deepak’s parents. He also said that a housing unit would be given to the family under Housing For All scheme. Besides, parents of the courageous Deepak will be honoured on Independence Day as a mark of respect for late Deepak, he said. The surviving son of affected family will also be given employment, he a

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