More rain in Rajasthan, toll now 18

Intermittent rains continued in Jaipur while heavy rains were reported in other parts of the state on Thursday.

Sikar, Dausa, Jhunjhunu districts were grappling with  flash flood marooning many villages due to the torrential rains lashing the area.

Four more deaths were reported in Sikar district on Thursday due to house collapse and drowning, taking the official statewide toll to 18, while unofficial figures are reported to be much higher.

In Jaipur, a drizzle continued throughout the day while relief teams struggled to provide relief to the people shifted to various camps and to pump out water from the marooned colonies.

The district administration announced partial holiday on Thursday for the schools for the second consecutive day. Many schools postponed exams as a large part of the city is still marooned and power supply is yet to be restored. JCB machines and pumps were deployed to drain out storm water from the colony roads.
“Twenty-one JCB machines and 30 water pumps have been pressed into service to remove debris of damaged structures or displaced objects and pump out storm water from colonies”, said Arun Garg, additional district collector.

“Our priority is to provide food and safe drinking water to the displaced people and drain out the water from the colonies as fear of outbreak of water diseases looms large if water is allowed to accumulate for long time, said the official.

Meanwhile, the residence complained of negligence in relief work. Residents of Madranipura slums complained that they had  received no food on Thursday and no efforts were being made to drain out the water from their area till now. “The governor visited the area along with the officials but we are yet to get any food,” complanied residents.

Governor Margert Alva visited many relief camps in the city on Thursday.
Meanwhile, nine special teams, headed by RAS officers and officials from Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), public works department, revenue department and police, have started a survey to assess the loss caused by the rainfall in the district.
Joint teams of the JMC and medical department have been constituted to conduct surveys and distribute medicines in disease-prone areas after the rainfall.
Apart from Jaipur district, several other places in Jaipur and Ajmer divisions recorded heavy to very heavy rainfall during the last 24 hours.

A high alert was sounded in Dholpur district as water level in the Chambal has risen after the release of water from the Kota barrage.

A tractor was swept away into Ranoli in Sikar district after flash flood in the dry river, said an official.

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