Rains kill 11 more in MP, toll reaches 73

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sagar/Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2016 12:07 IST
Flooding of rivers has been reported from Shahdol, Sidhi, Singrauli, Katni, Sagar and Chhatarpur districts. (HT photo)

Heavy rains across the state over the last 24 hours killed at least 11 people in Panna, Umaria, Raisen, Sidhi, Chhatarpur and Satna districts, taking the death toll to 73.

National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force teams have rescued over 4,000 people in Satna, Rewa and Panna districts.

The meteorology department has sounded alert for heavy rains in next 24 hours in districts including Satna, Chhatarpur, Panna, Katni, Sagar, Damoh, Vidisha and Raisen.

In the last 24 hours, Rewa received 144 mm of rain, Satna 134.4 mm, Sidnhi 98.4 mm, Umaria 47.6 mm, Khajuraho 139.6 mm and Tikamgarh 69 mm.

Schools remained closed in Bhopal on Saturday.

Three minors were washed away in the flooded Ramoli nallahs in Chandia area of Umaria district on Friday afternoon. Villagers retrieved the bodies of the children later.

Earlier, on Thursday evening, a 35-year-old woman and her 25-year-old nephew were swept away in a swollen nallah near Itwa village in Panna district. The two bodies were recovered on Friday morning.

Panna SP OP Tripathi said 26 villages in Ajaygarh sub division are worst hit and around 1,000 villagers in Kattarra village have taken refuge on terrace of their houses as a swollen Baghni river left them marooned.

While Midasan river in Panna’s Amanganj town has cut off vehicular traffic between Panna and Amanganj towns, Ken river has also affected traffic.

There were reports from Rewa that around 200 villages are cut off from the rest of the district. Tyothar, Sirmour, Gurh and Rewa tehsils are worst hit.

“An Indian Air Force helicopter from Allahabad is airlifting stranded villagers from rain-flood hit areas,” Rewa SP Sanjay Kumar told HT.

In adjoining Satna district, the situation continues to be grim owing to heavy rains and rise in river water. “In the last 24 hours, the district recorded 172 mm of rainfall. At least five people are missing due to rain, flooding and associated mishaps in the district over the last 3-4 days,” Satna district collector Naresh Pal said.

On Friday, another person was washed away in Satna’s Majgawan

Twenty-four relief camps have been set up in the district, where 2,500 people rescued over the last four days are staying. “39 villagers are trapped on tree tops and terraces in Maihar, Amarpatan and Nagod blocks. While the IAF helicopter could not progress beyond Rewa, an army helicopter could not operate due to poor light,” Pal said.

Additional DG (Home Guards and Disaster Management) MS Gupta told HT that more than 4,000 people were rescued in over last 24 hours from Rewa, Satna and Panna districts. “30 SDRF teams and three NDRF teams have been pressed into action in these districts along with additional motorboats,” Gupta added.

Flooding of rivers was reported from Shahdol, Sidhi, Singrauli, Katni, Sagar and Chhatarpur districts. In Bundelkhand region, road traffic at many places was hit by flood in rivers and nallahs. People were evacuated from some villages in Chhatarpur and Panna districts.

The road connection between Chhatarpur and Tikamgarh was closed due to flood in Sukki river. A culvert near Bada Malehra town was swept away. Alert was sounded in villages near river at Batiagarh tehsil in Damoh district. Byarma, Sunar and Ken rivers were flowing in spate.

In Tikamgarh, a flooded Dhasan river affected traffic at Badagaon. Roads in Lalitpur, Sagar, Chhatarpur and Orchha were hit due to swollen river and nallahs.

Chhatarpur witnessed heavy rainfall for last three days. The Rangua Dam and Gangau dam situated on Banna and Ken rivers are overflowing.

“There was no breach found in these dams and seven villages near Rangua dam are being kept under vigil. Around 35 people from two villages were evacuated,” collector Masood Akhtar told HT.

Panna collector SN Singh Chouhan told HT that water released from Rangua dam have affected 27 villages.

In Chhatarpur district’s Naugoan area, a woman died after a wall collapsed over her. In Sidhi district’s Lahuva village, a house collapsed, killing

a woman.

According to meteorology department in Bhopal, 30 districts have recorded above normal rains, 18 normal and 3 below normal from June 1 to

August 19.

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