Bhopal: Rains continued to play havoc in the state as 11 people have died due to flood in the state in the last couple of days. Besides, Bhopal received record breaking rainfall in past 24 hours. For the first time in 43 years, 12 inch rainfall was recorded in a night. Four people died in the city during the rainfall. Previously in 1973 on July 22, 23.7 centimeter rainfall was recorded. Heavy rains continued to lash large parts of the state and around 4000 people have been shifted to the relief camps. Army shifted over 400 deluge-hit people in Satna district to safer places. State government has already closed the schools in the state and advised people to stay indoors.
Torrential Monsoon rains have refused to take a break, as they continue to batter flood ravaged districts of the state. Bhopal has already received record breaking 175 mm of rain in last 24 hours, while Hoshangabad recorded 249.4 mm. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters here on Saturday, Eight people have died due to flood and excessive rainfall in the last three-four days in the state. Two persons have died in Bhopal, one each in Tikamgarh, Rewa, Jhabua, Betul, Raisen and Panna, he said.
One more death was reported around this noon when Sourabh Katiyar (21) was washed away in a swollen nullah near Shahpur Lake here while travelling on a motorcycle. His body has been recovered, a police official said. Earlier, one person died each in Mandla and Singrauli districts yesterday after they were washed out in flooded nullah.
The CM said Narmada River was flowing above the danger mark in Hoshangabad. “Any one in distress can dial 1079 for help,” he said adding officials have been instructed to swiftly act in case of flooding. Chouhan said he has postponed the scheduled meeting with his cabinet colleagues at Halali dam near here tomorrow and asked ministers to rush to their respective districts and remain there to monitor the situation and help out people in distress. “Food packets have been sent to Bhopal. To deal with any untoward incident, NDRF team is also present there. In these circumstances we are trying to provide relief and rescue measures so that people may not suffer,” the CM added.
Meanwhile, the Army has shifted over 400 deluge-hit people in Raghuraj tehsil of Satna district to relief camps, while the district administration has made arrangements for rehabilitating nearly 300 persons affected by swollen Tamas, Sone and Mandakini rivers. “Army has shifted 400 flood affected persons to relief camps in Raghuraj Nagar tehsil of Satna district yesterday,” an official of Public Relation department said on Saturday.