HEAVY RAINS lashed the State from Wednesday evening, mainly the Eastern and Central parts, throwing life out of gear once again and severing roads links in many parts including Bhopal.
Though there were no confirmed reports of any loss to life or property, two youths were reportedly washed away in a nullah that was in spate near Karthua in Sidhi district.
Road links were badly affected in Mahakoshal region with Seoni being cut off from Chhindwara, Mandla, Balaghat, Keolari, Narsinghpur and Ghansaur.
The State capital was cut off from Hoshangabad and Betul, and by late evening there were even reports of road links to Sagar being severed as water from local rivulets flowed over the low-lying culverts.
However, as Indore and Ujjain did not receive much rains overnight, road traffic between Bhopal and Indore remained uninterrupted. Damoh district was also cut off from all other districts owing to closure of roads.
Around the State capital, gates of all barrages and dams were opened after Upper Lake attained the full tank-level and kept receiving more water. Meanwhile, Kolar river is also overflowing leading to opening of the gates of Kolar Dam after seven years.
In Hoshangabad district, 3.20 cusecs of water was being released from Tawa Dam on Narmada river while in Seoni, five gates of Bhimgarh Dam on Wainganga river were opened after it went into spate.
During the last 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Thursday, Betul recorded 15 cm of rainfall, Narsinghpur and Chicholi received 13 cm each, Seoni and Tonk Khurd – 12 cm each, Deori and Pachmarhi – 11 cm each, Amarwada – 10 cm, Multai and Begumganj – 9 cm each, Ashok Nagar – 8 cm, Ghansour, Sagar, Bhaindeshi, Sehore and Karera – 7 cm each, Banda, Rehli, Bhopal, Mungawli and Kolaras – 6 cm each.
RESPITE IN SIGHT FOR EAST: With the Met office saying that the intensity of rainfall in Eastern Madhya Pradesh would subside from Friday, some respite is in sight for the region.
However, heavy rainfall was expected to continue overnight with the depression system remaining around Sagar division. Director of the Regional Meteorological Centre, Dr D P Dubey said that rainfall would recede in the Eastern and Central Madhya Pradesh and increase towards Western part of the State on Friday.
Rains started in Indore and Ujjain divisions towards Thursday evening. The Met office has issued a warning of heavy rainfall at a few places in Indore, Bhopal and Hoshangabad divisions over the next 24 hours and in isolated places in the rest of Madhya Pradesh during the same period.