Traffic on Agra-Mumbai NH, Indore-Bhopal road disrupted
The death toll in the rain-hit western MP went up to 35 with Ujjain and Indore divisions worst affected. Four people are reported to be missing, 199 cattle perished, 1081 houses were damaged and at least 51 relief camps are in operations with thousands of people evacuated from affected areas, the State Flood Control Room said on Thursday.
Traffic on many major roads, including the Agra-Mumbai National Highway and the Indore-Bhopal state highway, was disrupted with Kalisindh river flowing over low-lying culverts.
Respite from rain fury is not in sight as the low-pressure area has become almost stationary above Guna in north-western MP and heavy downpour is expected to batter western MP for at least another day or two, said Regional Meteorological Centre director Dr D P Dubey. The heavy-rain warning for the Ujjain, Bhopal, Indore and Hoshangabad divisions stands.
The worst affected during the last 24 hours was the Ujjain division where all the districts – Ujjain, Dewas, Mandsaur and Neemuch — received heavy downpour and reported 15 deaths — five men, three women and three children.
Ten cattle perished. Ujjain district received 339 mm of rains during the last 24 hours and reported four deaths. The average rainfall received by the division was 92.2 mm. The administration opened 18 relief camps and shifted about 3550 people from the affected areas. Crops have been badly hit and survey is being conducted to estimate the loss.
As many as 89 houses were damaged and the administration has already started relief and rescue measures, paying monetary compensation to the house owners. .
Ujjain divisional commissioner Jaideep Govind is in touch with district collectors and officers concerned and has instructed them to reach out to the affected citizens with relief.
In Mandsaur the death toll went up to 11. Three cattle died, 240 houses were damaged and four relief camps were operating. In Badwani the death toll is nine and 50 cattle perished.
In Mandla 37 houses were damaged; in Burhanpur four people were killed and 124 cattle perished and 715 houses were damaged. In Ratlam two persons were killed while one was missing; in Jhabua one person was killed, 53 houses were damaged and six cattle perished. In Sagar two persons were killed and equal number of cattle died; in Dewas two persons and four cattle were killed, In Dhar one person was missing and 2 cattle perished, while in Vidisha district three houses were damaged.
The Agra-Mumbai NH was closed to traffic in Sarangpur, about 25 kms from Shajapur, and also at Pachor, about 50 kms from Shajapur, with the Kalisindh and local Duree river flowing over the culverts. At Sarangpur, the Kalisindh was flowing three feet above the bridge, cutting off the traffic. The Police Control Room at Shajapur said that though the traffic was not to heavy owing to the previous disruption of traffic from Khandwa and Kharogone, yet a number of vehicles and people were stranded.
Also the Indore-Bhopal traffic was highly affected with the Kalisindh flowing over a culvert in midst of Sonkutch town. The road remained closed to traffic till late in the evening.