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Rains batter MP; 13 dead

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 12:55 IST
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After Maharashtra and Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh was on Monday battered by heavy downpour claiming 13 lives while six persons were killed in rain-related incidents in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

Army was deployed for relief operations in Gondia and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra following heavy overnight rains and release of water from a nearby dam which worsened the flood situation there.

With 13 fresh casualties reported from Bhopal and Hoshangabad, a total of 59 people have been killed in Madhya Pradesh where life was thrown out of gear.

The monsoon also lashed Chhattisgarh where six more people died taking the toll to 29 in the state as 29 villages were still submerged, officials said.

In Bhopal, 29cm rain was recorded in nine hours since last night inundating nearly 25 low-lying colonies. At least 12 persons were killed and nine other were reported to be missing, Divisional Commissioner KK Singh said.

While Army was requisitioned for relief operations, their assistance was not required as the water level receded sharply, District Collector SK Mishra said, adding a compensation of Rs 50,000 has been announced to the kin of the deceased.

The Maharashtra government said except for Mumbai, Mumbai Suburban and Osmanabad, all 32 other districts in the state have been affected by floods and rain-related deaths in the last ten days had risen to 330 while 24 people were reported missing.