A biker was feared dead after he was swept away by a gushing culvert and a portion of an old building near Rajwada palace collapsed under incessant rain in Indore region on Tuesday.
The toll has risen to three during the past 36 hours. The incident was reported from Depalpur, about 42 kilometres from Indore. The man, who is yet to be identified, was swept away around 2 pm when he tried to cross the overflowing culvert despite villagers’ warning. Depalpur SDM Rajesh Mehta said, “A team has been sent to locate his body.”
Meanwhile, the front portion of a hundred-year-old building near Rajawada collapsed in the Sitlamata cloth market in the morning. However, no casualty was reported in the incident. According to locals, the front portion of the building had developed dampness and cracks. A municipal corporation official said, “The locals helped in getting the building vacated before it collapsed. They also alerted the passersby about the dilapidated condition of house and averted any tragedy.”
It has been raining continuously since Friday evening. The city has received over 11 inches of rainfall starting this monsoon, and over seven inches in the last 96 hours, as per the met department.
A municipal official, however, said that the rainfall had lost its intensity now as a result of which there were few reports about clogged drains. He gave credit to the civic body teams which were engaged in keeping the drains unclogged despite rain. But, he said, the situation was not better in some pockets. “ We are keeping a close watch there,” he said.