Heavy rainfall and the resultant flood-like situation have led to the death of 24 people in Madhya Pradesh so far, the Deputy Relief Commissioner of Madhya Pradesh, Madhu Nahar, told Down To Earth. In addition, three people from Khargone district have been reported missing.
Impact of flood
Twenty-two of 51 districts in Madhya Pradesh have been affected by heavy rains in the state. Of these, Vidisha and Raisen are worst affected. Earlier, the situation in Bhopal, Satna and Rewa was worrisome – two people died in Bhopal and the Bhopal-Bareli road and Raisen-Vidisha road were closed post the flood-like situation. Three people from Rewa were also reported to be missing.
On Sunday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that things were slowly coming under control in these districts. “In all parts of the Rewa district, flood water is receding and the situation is coming back to normal. In Hoshangabad, too, the Narmada has receded below the danger level,” he said.
Rescue efforts are now being scaled up in Vidisha and Raisen. “In the last 24 hours, 1600 people have been evacuated in Vidisha alone,” says DG, Home Guard of State Disaster Emergency Relief Fund, Maithili Sharan Gupta, adding that 372 rescue teams have been deployed across the state. Nearly 25,000 people have been evacuated and 7,500 have been rescued in the state so far.
Madhya Pradesh received 361.7 mm of rainfall between June 1 and July 10 this year. This is a 72 per cent increase from the normal monsoon (209.8 mm) in the state during this time of the year. In its weekly forecast dated July 7, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted fairly widespread rainfall for western and Eastern MP for July 11 and 12. “Above normal rainfall is likely over Central India till July 15,” the IMD notification states.
In view of the IMD notification, Chouhan said that district collectors have been asked “to maintain all sorts of alertness to deal with the excessive rainfall.” Directives have also been issued to the Public Health and Local Administration departments to make arrangements for safe drinking water and ensure control over water-borne disease “at war-footing” in affected areas.
Situation worsens in Vidisha
At least 6,000 people have been affected so far with the flood situation deteriorating as waters from the Betwa River continue to enter in some parts of the city. Three deaths have also been reported. As per reports, over 40 villages in Raisen district are on alert due to swollen Narmada.