Rains subsided across Madhya Pradesh on Thursday bringing relief to many flood-hit areas. However, in some of the areas, overflowing rivers, rivulets and streams continue to block roads and cut off interior areas.
In the temple town Orchha of Tikamgarh district, two villages of Singhpur and Lotna remain completely cut off because of high levels of water in rivers Betwa and Jamni.
These villages are placed between the two rivers and are prone to flooding every year. District administration had made arrangements of basic necessities for the villagers in anticipation of marooning and is monitoring the situation. Also, the main area around the major temple has partially submerged. The district administration has issued alert to the people. Hotel owners have been warned to ensure that tourists did not face problems.
In Jabalpur, after huge quantity of water (1.57 lakh cusecs) was released from Bargi dam on Wednesday evening, the water level of river Narmada has increased in the downstream area, totally cutting off the tourist spot of Bhedaghat and also submerging the Gwarighat area.
In Raisen district too, traffic was restored in most of the areas, although the Vidisha-Raisen route still remained cut off to traffic because of submergence of the culvert over Betwa river at Pagneshwar.
Bhopal received spells of moderate showers on Thursday. The sky remained cloudy throughout the day, but the day temperature increased by over 3 degrees Celsius compared to Wednesday (26.5 degrees from 23.3 degrees), indicating thinning of the cloud cover. During the last 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Thursday, Bhopal airport recorded 6.5mm of rain, while another 4.1mm was recorded on Thursday between 8.30am and 5.30pm.