Bharatpur administration sounded an alert in 53 villages of Bayana, Rudawal and Rupwas sub-divisions of the district after three lakh cusec (cubic feet per second) water was released from adjoining Karauli’s Panchana Dam on Saturday.
Both the districts have received heavy rainfall since Saturday leading to a flood-like situation that has left many people trapped in their homes. The district administration fears that thousands of villages would be affected if the rain continued.
Six out of the seven sluice gates of the Panchana dam were opened on Saturday as water level in the dam touched the danger mark of 257-metre. Full capacity of the dam is 258.62 metre.
According to sources, all the five seasonal rivers — Kalisindh, Bhadrawati, Barkheda, Morel and Karauli—that empty into the Panchna dam are overflowing due to heavy rainfall in the region.
Till Saturday evening, Karauli received 130 mm rainfall, sources in the department of water resources said.
On Sunday, 10 people were rescued from an inundated Karauli village, while bodies of two people, swept away by the rising waters on Hindaun-Gangapur road, were fished out of the river near Shri Mahavirji temple. Earlier, on Saturday, an elderly woman and her minor grandson died when a part of their house collapsed due to heavy rainfall in the district.
Several residents have been evacuated to safer places by the district administration and the police, Karauli collector Manoj Kumar Sharma said adding that the incessant rainfall for the last two days have resulted in disruption of communication on link roads to several villages. A National Disaster Responce Force (NDRF) team has also been called from Ajmer to assist in the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, the Bharatpur administration has written to the state government seeking the help of the armed forces. Collector Laxminarayan Soni has also advised officials the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), municipal corporation and administration to remain vigilant as water entered the low-lying areas of the city.
Power connection snapped
Power supply to several areas in Karauli and Bharatpur districts too have been disrupted since Saturday, adding to peoples woes. Meanwhile, rail traffic was disrupted for a few hours on the Agra-Jaipur route after soil beneath a portion of the railway track was washed away due to the rain.