23 killed as heavy rain hits MP, Rajasthan

23 killed as heavy rain hits MP, Rajasthan

IAF drops food packets, medicines in flooded areas

23 killed as heavy rain hits MP, Rajasthan

 As many as 23 people were killed on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, even as rivers continued to be in spate in Bihar.

Fifteen deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh since Friday evening as the Met department predicted more showers and sounded heavy downpour alert for some districts on Sunday.

Three Indian Air Force aircraft dropped food packets and medicines in flooded areas of Rewa district, District Collector Rahul Jain said.

Seven people, including a woman and four minors, were killed and three others injured when a house collapsed early on Saturday in Rahatgarh area of Sagar district.

Two people, including an old woman, were also killed and seven injured when a newly constructed building collapsed amid incessant rain at Maihar in Satna district. A jeep carrying two persons was swept away in the swollen Betwa river as it tried to cross a bridge in Raisen district.

In Rajasthan’s Baran district, eight people were killed in rain-related mishaps and a wall collapse incident in Phool Baroda village on Saturday.

As many as 35 people were airlifted as heavy rain created a flood-like situation in Baran, which recorded 300 mm rainfall. Floodgates of the Lhasi Dam near Chhipa Barod in the district had to be opened as the water level was crossing the danger mark.

Several villages have been inundated with water entering buildings, houses and a private power plant in Baran. Several villagers in Soni and Kheri were seen sitting atop trees awaiting help, amid gushing flood waters.

According to Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha, “Many villagers had climbed trees amid gushing waters and were waiting for help. A MI-17 V5 helicopter from the Air Force station in Phalodi rescued 24 people from seven different locations.” However, the rescue operations are still on, according to the latest update .

Since Friday night, Baran and nearby areas have been witnessing heavy rain.  
The rising water level of Ganga affected all the districts situated along the banks of the river in Bihar.

Situation grim in Uttar Pradesh

The overall flood situation in Uttar Pradesh worsened with the waters from the overflowing rivers, including the Ganges, entering the residential areas in several major cities and towns. This led to the displacement of thousands of residents, reports DHNS from Lucknow.

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