Heavy rains pummel parts of MP, normal life affected

Mayor Alok Sharma (in blue kurta) inspects the relief works while taking stock of the situation after a heavy downpour in Bhopal on Thursday. PTI

Heavy rain lashed parts of Madhya Pradesh, including the state capital, where waterlogging created hardships for the people.

In Bhopal, which recorded 11 cm rainfall in 24 hours till 8 am on Thursday, the low-lying areas were flooded due to the overnight downpour.

Mayor Alok Sharma sat on a chair in the middle of a waterlogged road near Saifia College in the city on Thursday to take stock of the situation.

"Khandwa district and Mhow in Indore district recorded the highest rainfall of 15 cm in 24 hours till 8 am," Dr G D Mishra, senior meteorologist of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Bhopal said.

While many schools in Bhopal remained shut due to the downpour, those that were open witnessed thin attendance as most of the children could not reach their schools due to flooded roads. In the morning, People could be seen wading through waist-deep water to reach their destinations.

According to Mishra, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur and Gwalior divisions received heavy rains in the 24 hours till Thursday morning.

"Torrential rains are likely in parts of 22 districts of Madhya Pradesh, including Bhopal and Jabalpur, in the next 24 hours," he said.

The overnight spell of rain inundated many parts of Bhopal, following which power supply in some parts of the old city area of Bhopal was snapped.

Mayor Sharma, who sat on a chair in knee-deep water to monitor the situation, called up the divisional commissioner and asked him to organise a meeting on Friday to discuss the situation.

He told the official that immediate steps need to be taken so that no untoward incident takes place due to waterlogging.

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