Rain plays havoc in MP, toll 22

Water level of Narmada, Betwa rivers recedes

Bhopal: The number of casualties due to flood-related mishaps has gone up to 22 in the state till Sunday. Seven persons died in floods in different parts of the state in during the last 24 hours in the state. The Narmada continued flowing over danger mark.

The rescue team of military personnel rescued 400 people stranded in the flood-hit Satna region and sent them to safer grounds of Raghuraj Nagar tehsil of Satna district.

The heavy rains had earlier thrown normal life out of gear, affecting road, railway traffic, and snapped power supply in many places across the state.

Warning has been issued for heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated place over Guna, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Ujjain, Shajapur, Rajgarh, Sehore and Agar districts.

The heavy rain alert has also been issued for Sehore, Hoshangabad districts while alert has been issued for Damoh, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Bhopal, Sagar, Raisen, Dewas, Mandsaur, Khandwa, Vidisha, Indore and Betul districts. Director, meteorological department, Dr Anupam Kashyapi said heavy to very heavy rains are likely to lash Indore, Ujjain and Hoshangabad divisions, along with some parts of the state capital in the next 24 hours. He said the rain activity will continue in other parts of the state due to moisture incursion in the atmosphere. Less monsoon activity will be witnessed in eastern MP in next 24 hours, he said, adding the rainfall is expected to reduce in the entire state on July 12.

Principal secretary, revenue, KK Singh, while talking to Free Press, said, “Situation at rain front has improved in the state. The Narmada and Betwa river were flowing over the danger mark but now their water level has started receding. So as of now there is no river in the state flowing over danger mark. Even in Bhopal, the situation has improved as there was no rain on Sunday.”

“As far as deaths are concerned in the state, so far there are 22 deaths due to rain,” PS Singh added.

Holiday declared for schools on Monday

The state capital started to return to normalcy on Sunday a day after being lashed by the torrential rains. As it did not rain so people heaved a sigh of relief. The district administration has declared holiday in schools for Monday.

Besides, people were seen struggling to get rid of brunt which they had to face due to excessive rain on Saturday. Water level which had surged in many colonies even up to 5ft to 7ft, started receding. The heavy downpour, however, has left silt, filth, sand, gravels deposited in colonies campus, roads and colonies roads. Many roads have been completely worn off in state capital in rain as they developed wide cracks, potholes. Collector formed 40 teams for survey of damages in rain and the teams have been instructed to submit report within three days.

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