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Three killed in Rajasthan as vehicles swept away while crossing flooded road

A minor boy was among three people killed when several vehicles trying to cross a flooded road was swept away in Barmer on Thursday night.

jaipur Updated: Jul 21, 2017 10:36 IST
Mukesh Mathrani
Mukesh Mathrani
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rescue workers deploy a crane to retrieve a pick-up van trapped in flood waters in Rajasthan’s Barmer on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Three people including an eight-year-old boy were drowned when several vehicles were swept away while trying to a cross a flooded road in Rajasthan’s Barmer, police said on Friday.

The incident happened around 9 pm on Thursday near Bishala village, about 25 km from the district headquarter, Barmer.

Two bodies, of a man and woman, were recovered within a couple of hours of the incident while the minor’s body was found on Friday morning, police added.

Police, army and rescue workers managed to save 37 people travelling in the vehicles – three SUVs and a pick-up van – which were swept away by the strong currents of rain water flowing down from the nearby hills.

During the monsoons, rain water from the hills usually flow over the road but never had such strong current.

Police said the water level reached at least 4 feet along the flooded stretch of the road and most vehicles had stopped.

But, after the driver of a bus managed to cross the stretch, people in the smaller vehicles also decided to take the risk, police said.

However, the smaller vehicles were unable to withstand the force of the water.

Police added that most of the passengers escaped as the vehicles crashed into each other, thus forming a big mass of metal which the current could not sweep further downstream. Rescue workers battled strong currents and poor visibility to save the trapped passengers.

Police identified the dead as Suwa Devi, Tikama Ram and minor Dinesh.

Rajasthan has been receiving moderate to heavy monsoon rains leading to flooding in some parts of the state in the past few days.

On Monday, two schoolgirls were drowned in an overflowing drain filled with rainwater in Sirohi district.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 10:04 IST