Heavy rains and subsequent floods continued to wreak havoc across Madhya Pradesh on Saturday claiming 12 more lives while three others were feared dead in various parts of the state over the last 24 hours, taking the toll in the last three days to 20.
2 swept away in Satna
While a 75-year-old man and a 20-year-old youth were swept away in flooded nullahs and rivers in Satna district over the last 24 hours, 21-year-old Anand Kushwah, missing since Thursday, was found dead in a flooded nullah in Jawan Singh Colony under Kolgawan police station.
One dies in house collapse in Raisen
A report from Raisen district said heavy rains for the last two days triggered a house collapse in Takey locality, killing one Naeem Khan on the spot. An unidentified man, injured in the accident, has been hospitalised.
The state capital Bhopal had the maximum casualties with six deaths being reported in what is perhaps the heaviest rain witnessed in an entire decade.
Six die in state capital
Rain-related mishaps killed one 23-year-old Dipak Sahu in Kamla Nagar, a 40-year-old security guard, Prashant Pillai in Koh-e-fiza, and a 21-year-old hotel management student, Saurabh Patil in Chuna Bhatti. Two unidentified men and one Anas Khan were feared dead after being swept away in nullahs in Nishatpura, Bajaria and Atal Nehru Nagar areas. Their bodies were yet to be recovered, police said on Friday.
An unidentified woman was also swept away in a flooded rivulet in Devnagar area of Panna district, taking the toll in the district over last three days to three.
The state government put the toll over the last 24 hours at eight.
Over 5,000 people rescued from different parts of state
Meanwhile, the Director General (Home Guards and SDRF), M S Gupt said over 5,000 people have been rescued from different parts of the state, including Satna, Rewa, Panna, Hoshangabad, Bhopal, Damoh and other rain-hit areas.
As many as 368 disaster rescue centres are being manned by home guards, civil volunteers and SDRF teams, while one company of NDRF has been kept ready for any eventuality.
Heavy rains also worsened the situation in districts adjoining Bhopal, including Vidisha, Hoshangabad and Betul.
The local administration was compelled to open all 13 sluice gates of the Tawa dam in Hoshangabad district to release 2.01 lakh cusecs of water, resulting in a rise in the water level of Narmada river up to 955 ft, which is still 16 ft less than the danger mark.
Low lying Bengali Colony and Mahima Nagar localities were inundated due to the release of water from the dam and the rains. According to district police sources, several families from the two areas have been shifted to Narmada College premises. In Sohagpur, the situation was alarming owing to the rise in levels of Palakmati river.
Sources said incessant rains also brought vehicular traffic to a halt on the roads connecting Hoshangabad to Betul and Harda districts.
High alert in Chhatarpur villages
A high alert has been sounded in 80 villages adjacent to Dhasan river in Chhattarpur district. Also, owing to rise in Betwa river level in Tikamgarh, villagers in low lying areas are being shifted to safer places.
The Betwa river was also reportedly in spate in Vidisha district forcing over 1,000 people from the low lying Naulakhi, Sonthiya and Rangai areas to shift to safer places.