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Rajasthan rain: toll touches 7

Jaipur, Aug 11, 2016, DHNS 0:04 IST

Army, NDRF carry out rescue operations

Mayhem on the streets: People remove a cot from their flooded house in Allahabad. REUTERS
Life remained standstill in Rajasthan’s Pali, Chittorgarh and Bhilwara districts on Wednesday as there was no relief from torrential rain, with flood-like situation prevailing in many areas.

Teams of Army, NDRF and SDRF carried out rescue works as several thatched houses collapsed in different parts of Bhilwara district and nearby villages.

The death toll has reached seven, including six kids drowned in Barmer on Tuesday. A 25-year-old man was swept away by heavy flow of water on the bank of a river in Pali district. According to Defence PRO Lt. Col V K Ojha, Army’s three columns, that have been deployed so far, remained on standby. Minor assistance was provided near Bhilwara for bridge repair at Saroha and Pandher.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, while returning to Jaipur from Dungarpur, also undertook an aerial survey of flood-hit area in Bhilwara and Chittorgarh on Wednesday afternoon. She directed the district authorities to be alert and provide all possible assistance and relief to the people.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria visited Chittorgarh while Public Health Engineering Department Minister Kiran Maheshwari took stock of the situation in Bhilwara. Kataria told reporters, “The situation is under control in Chittorgarh. The assessment of losses is being done and the state government will, under norms, provide help and assistance to the affected families.”

In Jaipur, normal life was crippled as the city witnessed heavy downpour resulting in waterlogging in most parts. Commuters were stranded for hours as roads turned into rivers.

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