Ram Sumiran Vishwakarma has lost his three-room kutcha house in Rewa district’s Jhiriya village in this flash flood and is now at wit’s end how to arrange money for his daughter’s marriage fixed for April next year.
For, his first priority now is to rebuild his house once they get back to their village.
Like Vishwakarma, Jamaluddin Khan of Bichhiya village is also homeless and is staying at a camp with his family.
The release of water from Bansagar dam washed away Khan’s paan shop, the only source of livelihood for the family, and his house has collapsed.
When people of Rewa, about 535 kms north east from Bhopal, were trying to cope with the situation arising from rains, the state government was caught napping.
When the government woke up, it was too late: a large number of houses along the Bichhiya and Beehar rivers had collapsed in the Vindhya region that is seeing one of the worst floods ever since 1997. Many chose to shift to their relatives’ place but more than 5,000 are taking shelter in the camps.
Vishwakarma said they were getting food in the camp provided by the administration but there was no word regarding the financial assistance.
Official sources said water was released from Bansagar dam for the hydel power plant at Sirmaur but the gates at Sirmaur were not opened that led to the flash floods.
VHP leader Gajendra Singh said the flood-affected people were not getting drinking water, and electricity supply had not been restored in most areas. There was a shortage of ration as the food grains stored for public distribution shops were damaged due to the floods.
Industries minister Rajendra Shukla said all the arrangements had been made in the camps where about affected people were staying. The water was receding now and the situation would become normal soon, he said.
The situation in parts of Bundelkhand is no different, particularly in Panna and Chhatarpur. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited Panna on Sunday to assess the situation.
A farmer, Makhan Singh, who suffered due to drought in the past three years expected a good farming this time given the rains initially but heavy rains damaged soybean, urad and oilseed plants. Overburdened with loans amounting to more than `5 lakh he is not facing one of biggest crises of his life.
(With inputs from Harendra Singh from Rewa and Anupam Pateriya from Sagar)