CM walks barefoot through mud in flood- hit areas

Chauhan announces Rs 5,000 as instant relief to flood victims

BHOPAL: While others must have enjoyed another sunless Sunday, it was no holiday for chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Without bothering about his personal comforts, he walked through the kneedeep mud in the waterlogged areas barefoot to tell the flood victims that they are not alone in their hour of crisis and suffering.

CM walks barefoot through mud in flood- hit areas

Then he personally assessed the situation arising out of floods at Nasrullangj tehsil in Sehore. Earlier, he surveyed Nilkhanth and Chhitgaon Kachhi villages and talked to the members of the families who were stranded there for several days.

The chief minister also visited various colonies like Kevat Mullaha, Purani Basti, Jagdish Mandir, Brahman Muhalla in Shahganj and met the flood- hit families who were shifted to the Girls Higher Secondary School.

Over 150 families of Nilkand and Chhitgaon Kachhi villages have been shifted to a college in Nusrullaganj and to relief camps in Gillore. Nearly two dozen villages were marooned after the Narmada swelled up in Nasrullganj Tehsil. He also announced Rs 70,000 for repairing the damaged houses and Rs 50,000 for the partially damaged houses.

He said crop damages would be surveyed after flood waters recede. When contacted, Sehore collector Kavindra Kiyavat, said, “ Flood waters have begun to recede

CM walks barefoot at several places. Two days ago, it was 18 feet above the danger mark but today it is flowing at the danger line which is 964 feet at Sethani Ghat in Hoshangabad. So there is no reason for panic as the flood waters have started receding.” He said, “ The chief minister visited the flood- hit areas on motor boats in Nilkhanth and Chhitgaon Kachhi and talked to flood- hit families.”

The government machinery has also swung into action and a team of the Public Health Engineering ( PHE) is mixing chlorine tablets with potable water sources and the Army helicopters dropped food packets. The state has heaved a sigh of relief as there is no system of rainfall in a couple of days. Also, the flood waters have started receding in different parts of the state including Hoshangabad which was the most affected district. According to Meteorological department, the system that caused rainfall has weakened and it may not rain in a couple of days.

Shivraj thanks Army: The Army has played an important role in disaster management in a number of districts affected by floods and heavy rain. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan held discussions with Major General N P Singh on Saturday and expressed gratitude for extending immediate help to the local administration in rescue and relief operation.

During the meeting with Singh at the state hangar, the chief minister thanked for the Army for its cooperation. The Army shifted 535 marooned people at Bandrabhan, Malakheri and Babai areas in Hoshangabad district to safer places. The Army jawans from Mhow and Bhopal camps also undertook rescue relief operation in Dewas. On August 24, four IAF helicopters dropped food packets in 16 villages in Bandrabhan, Bankheri, Malkheri and Babai areas in Hoshangabad and Nemawar area in Dewas. As many as 5,500 food packets were dropped on that day.

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