At least 11 people have been killed and nine injured in the last 24 hours as heavy rains lashed Madhya Pradesh, officials said on Saturday.
Seven members of a family were killed and three injured after their house collapsed in Rahatgarh town of Sagar district on Friday night. The incident occurred around midnight near Qila Road, where the house was located on a hillock near the banks of the Bina river.
Inspector Anil Singh told Hindustan Times that the house belonged to Mehtab Silawat, who was injured, his wife, three sons, daughter and her husband and their one and a half-year-old daughter died.
In another incident, a car was swept away while crossing a flooded culvert in Buxwaha area of Chhatarpur district. Of the six people travelling in the car, three managed to swim to safety, while three others were washed away along with the vehicle.
The bodies of two people have been fished out, while the third person is still missing and is feared dead.
In a separate incident, two people were killed and several injured after a three-storey building collapsed in Maihar town of Satna district.
According to administration and police sources, the building that houses 30 flats and at least 20 shops collapsed in the morning.
Local residents were the first to rush to help those who were trapped in debris. Later, police, home guards and others arrived at the spot and JCB machines were pressed into action to remove the debris and rescue those trapped inside.
Six people were rescued but more residents are still feared trapped inside the debris.
Satna district collector Naresh Pal said an SDRF team is working to rescue others trapped in the debris.
“Owing to rains and holidays, not many people or shop owners were present in the building, owing to which only a few persons could still be trapped in the debris,” Pal told HT over the phone an hour after the mishap.
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ordered a probe into the incident after chairing an emergency meet in Bhopal to take stock of the situation in the wake of destructive rain and flood in the state. The CM also announced a Rs 4-lakh compensation to the kin of the deceased.
“I have directed all administrative and police officials to rush to the spot and carry on rescue operations fast,” the CM added.
MP Housing Board chairperson and senior BJP leader Krishna Murari Moghe also ordered an immediate probe and assured that if any official or private contractor is found guilty of negligence in the matter, they will not be spared.