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Flood fury in Rajasthan, schools closed, IAF choppers fail to rescue stranded people

Two trains were terminated in Jodhpur Railway Division following waterlogging on Bhiladi-Samdari section.

jaipur Updated: Jul 24, 2017 21:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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An inundated Dhola village in Pali.(HT Photo)

Abnormal rains in south-western Rajasthan — districts of Jalore, Pali and Sirohi — in the last 48 hours have thrown life out of gear, marooning several villages and cutting off road links to major cities.

People are stranded in some villages in Jalore and Pali where rescue operations by the Indian Air Force (IAF) failed despite several attempts. Five people are stranded on a treetop in Jalore and more than 200 are marooned in Pali’s Dhola village, said Ratan Lahoti, Jodhpur divisional commissioner. Rescue teams were waiting for the weather to clear to launch fresh efforts to take them to safety.

Jodhpur division, which comprises Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Pali and Sirohi districts, received abnormal rain (60% more than normal) between June 1 and July 23. In terms of districts, barring Sirohi, all districts received abnormal rains. Sirohi got excess rainfall (20%-59% of the normal).

Most roads in these three districts have been cut off, making it difficult for the state government to rush in help. A column of army jawans (roughly about 100 personnel) from Jodhpur has been sent to Jalore on Monday but they couldn’t reach as the road has been cut off at Takathgarh.

Chief of state disaster relief force BL Soni said that out of 900 staff of the force, 600 are deployed in the field. There are eight units of SDRF in the state, seven at divisional headquarters and one in Jaipur.

“Our teams have some members of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also because they (NDRF) have a better experience and more equipment than our men,” he said.

There is 100 NDRF personnel in the state, stationed in Ajmer.

However, the state government sought three more teams of the national force on Monday.

Rajasthan’s minister of disaster management and relief Gulab Chand Kataria said a large number of people were marooned in Mount Abu, Sanchor and the adjoining areas. Food packets were being distributed to those affected by floods.

Rajasthan’s Minister of Disaster Management and Relief Gulab Chand Kataria said the situation in Jalore, Pali and Sirohi districts was “critical”. (HT Photo)

1.5 times the normal rainfall in Ajmer

Ajmer town received 196 mm of rain up to 8.30 am on Monday. Four towns in the district – Beawar (341 mm), Arai (334), Vijayanagar (318) and Nasirabad (309) – received more than 300 mm of rain, 1.5 times more than the average rainfall during the period in the area. Besides other towns has also received above average rains.

The district administration opened four gates of the Anasagar Lake as the water level is steadily climbing up due to the rains.

Meanwhile, rains have caused problems of water logging in low lying areas of the city.

In Nagaur district, in two separate incidents, four children died of drowning on July 23. According to the police, Nadeem and Asif of Kuchaman and Ukmaram and Oma Ram of Bhopalgarh and Dantwara village died after drowning in ditches filled with rainwater.

Rescue workers fish out the vehicle that was washed away in overflowing waters in Udaipur on Monday. (HT Photo)

Scattered, deficient rain in Hadauti region

While south-western Rajasthan and other parts of the state are witnessing heavy rains, the Hadauti region has received negligible rains in last 24 hours. The water resources department control room in Kota said that in the last 24 hours (ending 8.30 am), Baran received 2.6 mm, Bundi 13 mm, Jhalawar 1.5 mm and Kota got 0.5 mm rainfall.

Hadauti region received the only heavy rain of the season on June 22 (Saturday) when Kota recorded 37 mm rain, Bundi received 83 mm, Jhalawar 48 mm and Baran 15 mm rain.

From June 2017, till now, Bundi has received 193.9 mm, Kota has got 134 mm, Jhalawar has received 316 mm and Baran received 240.75 mm rain.

Rain has been deficient in Hadauti region this year so far. Meteorological department official in Kota, Ajit Bhatia said that the rains in Kota have been scattered, inconsistent and deficient.

(With inputs from Barmer, Jodhpur, Ajmer and Kota)

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 21:09 IST