An 18-year-old youth was killed as heavy rains flooded many parts of Sikar district, about 110 kms north of Jaipur, on Thursday, officials said. The district administration called in the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and was carrying out operations to rescue the stranded people.
“It has rained heavily today due to which there is a flood-like situation. All measures have been taken — NDRF teams have been called in, additional sand bags have been asked for from Hanumangarh, and rescue operations are on. Holiday has been declared in all schools,” Sikar district collector Laxminarayan Soni said.
Soni said the victim boy, Sandeep, was caught in the basement of his house flooded with rainwater in Radhakishanpura area. A rescue team evacuated him after breaking the door and rushed him to a hospital, but he died on the way, the collector said.
Sikar recorded 10 cm of rains between 5 am on Wednesday and 5 pm on Thursday, and many low-lying areas in the city were facing a flood- like situation. Rescue operations were on to shift people to safer places. It rained heavily at Data Ramgarh in Sikar district, but the situation is under control, Soni said.
The meteorological department has forecast rain/thunderstorm at a few places in east Rajasthan and at isolated places in west Rajasthan. The department said many places in the state, including Neem ka Thana in Sikar district (11cm), Sikar ( 10cm), Chechat ( Kota) (9cm), Bayana (Bharatpur) and Jodhpur’s Bilara (8cm each), had witnessed heavy rains over the last 24 hours.
Other districts like Tonk, Pali, Chittorgarh, Jhalawar, Bundi, Dholpur, Kota, Bhilwara, Rajsamand, Baran, Nagaur, Ajmer, Churu and Bikaner received rains in the range of 1cm-6cm.
Jaipur on Thursday recorded 20.3mm rains, and according to the Met forecast, rain/ thunderstorm would occur during the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature in the city on Thursday was 32.8 degrees Celsius, which was three degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was 25.4 degrees, a degree below normal.