A RECORD 15 inch rains in the last 24 hours in Ujjain City has thrown normal life out of gear as water flooded hundreds of houses in over two dozen colonies. Three people including two women lost their lives in flood.
Incessant rains caused heavy flooding in river Kshipra and Gambhir. Three gates of the Gambhir reservoir had to be opened after the water level reached 2043 mcft this morning.
Over 2000 affected people have taken shelter in special camps setup by the administration. Road network to all the major cities like Indore, Dewas, Maxi, Nagda, Barnagar and Agar remained cut off for hours. The road blockade was mainly attributed to overflowing of nullahs and ulverts at several places.
Even the rail traffic between Ujjain-Bhopal and Ujjain-Nagda was disrupted as rail tracks were submerged in water at many points. The Nizamuddin-Indore Express was stopped at Naikheri, Bilaspur-Indore was stationed at Pingleshwar for hours. Similarly, the Indore-Nagda and Ujjain-Bhopal passenger trains were cancelled on Thursday.
Water started collecting in low lying areas late last night causing disturbance to residents in localities including Indra Nagar, Ekta Nagar, Shanti Nagar, Bapu Nagar, Rishi Nagar and others.
Water logging caused major damage to several shops in the Old City area as water entered in the shops. Shops of food related articles, electronics were the worst affected. Insurance companies remained busy in conducting surveys for the losses.
State Minister Paras Jain, Collector Neeraj Mandloi visited the affected areas and supervised rescue operations. Mandloi said food and health facilities had been provided at six shelter camps. Terming the situation under control, he said two localities have been evacuated after water level in Undasa pond attainted four feet above the caution mark.
Contrary to administration’s tall claims, affected people complained of insufficient arrangements of food and medicines at the shelter camps. The district has so far received 34.32 inches of rainfall, which has almost touched the normal rainfall of. Meanwhile, the death toll due to flood in Ujjain division has risen to 10.
Commissioner Jaideep Govind has directed all collectors to closely monitor the situation and carry out rescue works promptly.
Prayers to check floods
ONLY A week ago special anushthans and prayers were being performed to appease the rain god in the region. The unusual rainfall in the last two days has changed the scenario with prayers being offered at Ramghat on Thursday to halt continuous rains. Collector Neeraj Mandloi performed rituals to thank god for rains with a wish to put Kshipra in its normal width.