Twelve people have been killed and seven injured in several rain-related incidents in the flood-ravaged Gwalior and Chambal divisions of Madhya Pradesh, officials said Thursday, as IMD issued a new heavy rain warning for 23 districts.
Rainfall in northern MP’s Gwalior and Chambal divisions has now abated, rescue operations have ended and relief operations have begun, officials said. The region has been plagued by rain since Sunday.
“Twelve deaths from rain had been reported until yesterday. No death has been reported today,” division commissioner Ashish Saxena told PTIA by phone.
Some were killed when houses or walls collapsed, and in some cases carelessness killed people, he said. One man drowned while looking at a flooded river, while several others were swept away as they crossed flooded bridges, Mr Saxena said.
Three people were rescued by helicopters in Bhind on Thursday, while planes dropped food parcels and other emergency supplies in the hardest-hit Sheopur and Datia districts, the commissioner said.
“Seven people have been injured – four in Guna, two in Shivpuri and one in Morena,” Secretary of State Gyaneshwar B Patil said. PTIA. Rescue operations are almost over, he added.
As many as 30,790 people were evacuated to safer places in the Gwalior and Chambal divisions and about 6,000 people stayed in 126 relief camps, Patil said.
As many as 287 cattle were killed – 125 in Sheopur, 76 in Shivpuri, 75 in Datia, nine in Guna and two in Morena. As many as 18,304 homes were damaged, including 15,000 in Sheopur, 2,124 in Datia, 672 in Shivpuri, 456 in Guna and 52 in Ashok Nagar, he said.
Four major bridges and 21 medium-sized bridges were damaged in Sheopur and Datia.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan toured the flood-affected areas of Gwalior, Datia and Shivpuri districts on Thursday.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an “orange” warning on Thursday evening for “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in Rajgarh, Shajapur, Agar-Malwa, Mandsaur, Guna and Ashok Nagar districts.
A yellow “heavy rain” warning was issued for Sheopur, Morena, Bhind, Neemuch, Shivpuri, Gwalior, Datia, Vidisha, Raisen, Sehore, Hoshangabad, Dhar, Dewas, Narsinghpur, Tikamgarh, Niwari and Sagar. Both warnings are valid until Friday morning, said PK Saha, senior meteorologist, IMD, Bhopal.
The Gwalior and Chambal divisions include Gwalior, Shivpuri, Guna, Ashok Nagar, Datia, Sheopur, Morena and Bhind districts in northern Madhya Pradesh.
“The state has not seen such devastation in the last 70 years as the rain-ravaged Gwalior-Chambal region. Bridges at the Ratangarh Mata Temple and Sankua in the area have been damaged and many people have been stranded,” a state official was quoted as saying. Minister Chouhan at a meeting earlier in the day.
Mr Chouhan spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning. The prime minister assured all possible aid to the state, officials said.
The prime minister also spoke with the Union’s home minister, Amit Shah, who said the Center will send an advance team to assess the damage, officials said.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also called Mr. Chouhan to inquire about the flooding situation.