Rain continued to batter parts of Rajasthan on Wednesday and flood-like situation has thrown life out of gear in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Pali and Jodhpur districts.
Teams of Army, National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and Rajasthan Armed Constabulary (RAC) carried out rescue works in the affected districts. According to officials, several thatched houses have collapsed in different parts of Bhilwara district and villages and towns, including Mandalgarh, have been cut off as the roads were submerged. Train services in the region too have been affected. Disaster management and relief department officials, however, told HT that the situation was under control.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje conducted an aerial survey of Bhilwara and Chittorgarh to take stock of situation. She directed all district collectors to immediately provide relief to affected people and move them to safer locations. The chief minister has also asked the administration to remain alert in areas facing flood-like situation, especially where rivers and dams were in surge.
“The situation is under control in Chittorgarh. The assessment of losses is being done and the state government will, under norms, provide help and assistance to the affected families,” said Prakash Chand, in-charge of the control room set up to oversee operations in Bhilwara. Heavy rainfall occurred in Mandalgarh and nearby areas in Bhilwara, while places located near the catchment area of Banas river are affected due to increase in the water level.
Two children reportedly drowned in a rivulet in Bilia village under Ralayata panchayat samiti in Bhilwara district. The children, Dinesh, 6, and Maina, 4, were playing when they were swept away by sudden gush of water, police said.
Meanwhile, the state capital witnessed light to moderate showers which triggered traffic snarls in several arterial roads.
12 trains cancelled
The incessant rainfall and intense water logging in Bhagat ki Kothi-Basni, Mandor-Rai Ka Bagh, Jodhpur-Merta sections have affected movement of trains, forcing the North Western Railways to cancel 12 trains and partially cancelling three trains. Several trains were running late even as routes of three trains were changed.
Trains which have been cancelled include Jaipur-Jodhpur express, Jaisalmer-Jodhpur express, Barmer-Jodhpur express, Gandhidham-Jodhpur express, Jodhpur-Bhopal passenger, Delhi Sarai-Jodhpur express, Delhi Sarai-Sikar express and Delhi-Jaisalmer express.
(With PTI inputs)