Heavy rains played havoc with road communication across Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday as swollen rivers inundated vital arteries and threw life out of gear in several places.
At least 60 families were marooned in two villages — Hiranchhipa and Khareda — in Khurai tehsil of Sagar district and rescue efforts were on till filing of this report.
The state has been experiencing moderate to heavy rainfall for the past two days, giving relief to large parts of the sun-baked state but also bringing in associated problems of water-logging and flooding.
Major rivers including the Narmada and Betwa, besides their tributaries, were in spate, inundating low-lying areas including roads and culverts.
A youth was trapped on a culvert in Banghela village of same tehsil when the water level rose suddenly. He was later rescued.
In Aagar district in west MP, two women and a child were injured when the wall of a house collapsed after heavy rainfall.
Western MP including Indore division, which received lighter showers compared to east and central MP on Wednesday, is likely to receive heavy rains on Thursday, met office said.
Road to Bhopal from districts like Sagar, Vidisha, Raisen, Hoshangabad and Betul also remained cut off for many hours.
Even traffic from Guna was severely impacted because of a submerged culvert on the Agra-Mumbai national highway at Aawan, about 36km from district headquarters. Only few vehicles are passing through the alternative route through Ramnagar and Madhusudangarh.
Every day, thousands of passenger and commercial vehicles link Bhopal and Ujjain to Gwalior, Agra, Kanpur and Delhi through this road.
Interior road links in Raisen, Sagar and Vidisha districts also remained severely impacted throughout Wednesday. Also road network in Damoh, Tikamgarh and Chhatarpur were impacted.
In Raisen, the overflowing Bina river inundated a key road on several stretches forcing villagers to use make-shift boats of vehicle tubes to cross the flooded areas.
"People are using these tubes to ferry people to hospital and for other emergencies," said Ramkumar Yadav, a resident of Begamganj.
Rajesh Tiwari, a local trader of Khurai in Sagar said that normal life has been severely affected due to the floods.
"Most of the interior roads are closed and even the roads leading to Vidisha and Bhopal are not accessible," he said.
The met office, however, predicted decrease in rainfall from Thursday afternoon, mainly in eastern MP.
The director of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Anupam Kashyapi said that the deep depression system over MP was weakening and moving towards Rajasthan.
"It would cross over to Rajasthan by Thursday and the rains would decrease," the director said.
Heavy showers also lashed Bhopal throughout Tuesday night and moderate rain till Wednesday afternoon causing day temperature to slump in the capital.
On the positive side, the current spell of heavy rainfall has almost wiped off the Monsoon deficiency in the state. As on Wednesday, the state now faced only 4% rain paucity.