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Nine killed as flood fear grips Rajasthan

Nine people were killed while 40 others rescued after heavy rains created flood-like situation in Baran district on Saturday. Rainwaters also inundated parts of Hadauti region.

cities Updated: Aug 20, 2016 20:58 IST
HT Correspondent
An Air Force chopper rescues people from flood-hit Baran district.
An Air Force chopper rescues people from flood-hit Baran district.(HT Photo)

Nine people were killed while 40 others rescued after heavy rains created flood like situation in Baran district on Saturday. Rainwaters also inundated parts of Hadauti region.

Chhabra, Chhipabarod, Atru, Kawai are the worst affected areas of Baran district.

Gyarsilal Lodha, 60, and Nandkishore, 25, were drowned in overflowing Retli river in Baran district today.

Jyot Kanwar, 30, died when the jeep, she was travelling in with six other family members, overturned and fell into an overflowing rivulet in Pirawa town. Two people are missing while four others survived the accident.

Six people died in Baran’s Kulbharoda village as their mud house collapsed during heavy rain.

District collector SP Singh said around 200 mm rainfall was recorded in Chhabra, Atru and Kawai areas since Friday while around 250 mm in Chhipabarod region.

Due to overflowing Parvati, Parwan, Andheri and other rivers, flood water entered several villagers, prompting authorities to declare high alert for low lying areas.

Teams of army and Rajasthan Armed Constabulary were tasked to rescue people in the flood-hit areas.

Railway traffic on Kawai-Chhabra line was also disrupted as flood water inundated tracks in many areas.

Kota’s divisional commissioner Raghuveer Meena, who rushed to the affected areas, said air force choppers from Jodhpur were deployed in rescue work.

Around 25 villagers in Chhabra, Chhipabarod, Kawai and nearby areas were rescued on Saturday using helicopters, he said. Around 15 people were rescued using boats.

Over a dozen villages have been turned into islands in the region following heavy rainfall since Friday.

Meena said gates of Lahsi Dam in Chhipabarod were opened to discharge excess water, which created water logging.

Low-lying areas in Manohar Thana area of Jhalawar district also got waterlogged due overflowing Parwan river.

Over 300 mm rain has been reported in Manohar Thana since Friday.