Six more rain-related deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh during the past 24 hours even as heavy showers continued to flood rivers and adjoining areas in its wake in major parts of the state, officials said on Tuesday.
The Met office said the spell might continue unabated for the next few days. The death toll has reached 35. The state government has maintained high alert across the state. The swelling rivers inundated areas in districts like Betul, Hoshangabad, Vidisha, Bhopal and Sheopur among others.
Madhya Pradesh has been battling drought for the last few year and now it has floods to battle against. Thirty three districts of the state have recorded above average rainfall. Over 45 teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 5000 personnel of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 899 police personnel and 5100 jawans of other forces are engaged relief and rescue efforts in MP.
Lightning kills two brothers in Vidisha
In Vidisha district’s Nateran area, lightning killed two brothers on Tuesday while they were returning from their farm. They have been identified as Khemchand Adiwasi, 27, and Govind Adiwasi, 20. In Chhindwara district, One 55-year-old Kishori was swept away in river Dudhi while another unidentified person was washed away in Devri Kala nallah in Chhindwara on Monday. Lightning struck two labourers in Dindori district’s Barbatpur village, killing Kamlesh Singh Marko, 24 and injuring other.
Bhujbal Adivasi, 45, was swept away in a nallah in Kulhan area of Vidisha district while crossing a gushing rivulet.
17 tourists rescued from Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary in Tikamgarh
In Tikamgarh district, 17 tourists were rescued from Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary by two teams led by MP tourism department’s rafting expert and a local driver under SDM Atidra Gurjar’s supervision. They were trapped in rivers Jamuni and Betwa.
River Tawa in Betul district was overflowing many feet above the bridges at Sewanpaat and Nadiya Ghat. River Dharakoh has flooded in Betul, due to which part of a bridge collapsed, forcing people to use the railway bridge as the road connectivity between Ghoradongari and Sewanpaat is disrupted since last few days. The dam embankment of Nishana dam in Betul district also developed cracks through which water was coming out. In Harda district, river Ganjaal was in spate which adversely affected the connectivity between Harda and Hoshangabad. Over 30 people were rescued from flooded areas in Harda district.
Meanwhile chief minister has directed the officials to immediately identify weak bridges and culverts across the state and stop movement of heavy vehicles on them. In a tweet, CM said, “There would be no shortage of funds for construction & repair of roads. Officials have been asked to send estimate of new roads soon”.
Met deptt sounds ‘very high alert’ for heavy rainfall in Hoshangabad and Betul
Meteorological department (IMD) Bhopal Centre has sounded ‘very high alert’ for heavy rain and thunderstorm activity in Hoshangabad and Betul districts, ‘high alert’ in Harda, Sehore, Ujjain ,Khandwa districts and ‘alert’ in Agar, Narsingpur, Dewas, Dhar, Khargone, Burhanpur, Raisen, Ratlam, Seoni, Ashoknagar, Chhindwara and Bhopal districts.
In its forecast for next 24 hours, IMD has predicted rain and thunder showers in Indore, Ujjain, Hoshangabad divisions, besides districts that include Bhopal, Sehore, Raisen, Chhindwara, Seoni, Narsingpur and Balaghat.
IMD has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places for next 24 hours in Hoshangabad, Betul, Harda, Khandwa, Ujjain, Dewas, Sehore, Dhar and Ratlam districts.
Warning for heavy rainfall has been issued for districts that include Bhopal, Indore, Burhanpur, Khargone, Badwani, Jhabua, Alirajpur, Shajapur, Chhindwara, Mandla, Seoni, Narsingpur and Raisen districts.