A Class 9 student died after being swept away in an inundated culvert in Sidhi town on Tuesday morning as fresh spell of heavy rain lashed many parts of the state, especially the districts in northeastern MP.
Routine life was thrown out of gear and roads connecting many interior areas were cut off as heavy rainfall caused the water levels in streams and rivers to rise.
The victim, Ankit Singh, 14, was a student of Gandhi School in Sidhi. His cousin Shivang Singh Baghel, 17, who was pillion riding with Ankit on a bicycle when the accident occurred, was rescued by local people. Ankit's body was recovered on Tuesday evening, 3-4km from the accident spot.
Sukha Nullah - a local stream was flowing about two feet over the culvert near Sidhi district collectorate when Ankit and Shivang tried to cross it on a bicycle and were swept away in the process.
Road link of Dindori to Amarkantak - the origin of River Narmada in Anuppur district and to Mandla remained severed for several hours.
In Sagar district, the traffic between Banda and Barah and between Banda and Bahrol was affected due to overflowing Bewas and Dhasan rivers respectively. Traffic was also partially affected between Sagar and Rehli as a temporary culvert over river Kaith has got damaged.
Local rivers and streams were also overflowing in Sheopur Kalan because of heavy rain since Monday. On Monday evening, 11 people were rescued in the district after their four-wheeler was swept away in an overflowing local stream, sources said.
The meteorological office has predicted intensifying of rainfall activity over the next 24 hours. "A deep depression system is currently in place over Chhattisgarh and is likely to move over MP by Tuesday evening. The rainfall activity would increase all over MP and continue for the next two days," director of Regional Meteorological Centre, Anupam Kashyapi told HT.
Warning of very heavy showers has been issued for parts of Sagar, Shahdol and Jabalpur divisions. There is also warning for heavy showers in almost all other parts of state except for some areas in Indore, Ujjain and Rewa divisions.
During the last 24 hours ending at 8.30am on Tuesday, Karera recorded 22cm of rainfall, Sidhi recorded 18cm of rain, Pichchore recorded 17cm, Tikamgarh received 16cm, Kotma - 12cm, Guna - 10cm, Chanderi - 9cm, Anuppur, Ashoknagar and Sheopur Kalan - 8cm, Garhakota, Dindori, Katangi, Pachmarhi, Udaipura - 7cm, Rewa and Isagarh - 6cm each.
(Between 8.30am and 5.30pm)
Rajgarh - 59mm
Ujjain - 32mm
Betul - 29mm
Jabalpur - 28mm
Damoh - 20mm
Sidhi - 17mm