Heavy rains continued to cast its killer spell in different parts of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday also, claiming at least seven more lives in the last 24 hours.
While three people, including two minor girls were drowned in Rewa district, an elderly couple was killed in rain triggered mishap in Vidisha district. A death each was reported from Seoni and Satna district also.
Rain toll rises to 27 in last four days
Owing to the fresh deaths due to rain and flood related mishaps, the killer rain toll in the state over last four days rose to 27.
The state government, meanwhile, claimed to have rescued around 20,000 people from different parts of the state, including 7500-plus from worst affected districts over last four days.
According to director general (home guards and disaster management) MS Gupt, 1600 people were rescued by NDRF and SDRF from the flooded Betwa river hit Vidisha district. Out of that 200 were rescued from a lodge near a temple, which had turned into an island due to the river in spate, while four visually challenged people were rescued from the adjoining Raisen district.
Two girls drown in Rewa
wo girls aged 7 and 8 years were playing in rain near two ditches replete with rain water in Chorhata area of Rewa district on Saturday. The two girls suddenly slipped into the two ditches dug for building toilets and got drowned.
Both the bodies were subsequently fished out from the ditches, where construction work had been stopped since June 30 due to heavy rains.
Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man Rahul Gupta drowned in a pond replete with rain water in Govindgarh area of Rewa district on Sunday evening. His body was fished out from the pond an hour later.
11-year-old girl swept away in flooded Tamas river in Satna
In adjoining Satna district, rain water continued to flood low lying areas in Uchehra, Nagod, Maihar and Kolgawan areas. Over 100 villages are still affected by the flooding of small rivers and nullahs caused by incessant rains till Saturday. A 11-year-old girl Naina Rawat, meanwhile, was swept away in flooded Tamas river in Sonwari village of Satna’s Maihar area.
Elderly couple buried alive in Vidisha
An elderly couple, Bal Mukund, 85 and Kamla Bai, 75 were buried alive on Sunday morning in rain triggered wall collapse in Lateri area of Vidisha district, where Betwa river continued to flow above the danger mark.
The river in spate caused Vidisha district to lose road connectivity with Bhopal, Sagar, Ashok Nagar and Raisen districts.
Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man Rameshwar Gond was swept away in the flooded Temri river in Ghansor area of Seoni district on Sunday. The body, however, was yet to be fished out.
The State Met department, meanwhile, has issued heavy rain high alert in Guna, Rajgarh, Sehore, Agar-Malwa, Ujjain and Hoshangabad districts. Other districts, including Damoh, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Bhopal, Sagar, Raisen, Dewas, Indore, Betul, Khandwa, Vidisha and Mandsaur have also been alerted for heavy rains.