Sunday, July 08, 2007

Heavy rains paralyse normal life in MP

Bhopal, July 07: Heavy downpour battered several areas in Madhya Pradesh today paralysing normal life as swollen rivers and rain water inundated parts of Rajgarh and Khandwa districts, official sources said. Incessant rains, triggered by low pressure over Jharkhand, submerged about six colonies in Biaora area of Rajgarh district where gushing water from the swollen Ajnar river threw normal life out of gear, officials in the flood- control cell said. Though no casualty was reported, around 300 families were trapped due to floods in Biaora and arrangements were made to shift them to safe places and to start relief work, they said. Two relief camps were opened for providing shelter to the affected families from Hathikhana, Bhanwarganj and Indore naka sub-divisional magistrate R N Kushwaha said adding arrangements for providing food and medicines to the flood-hit were made. Ten persons took shelter atop a tree in Ghura village flooded by water from Ajnar river and steps were being taken to rescue them with the help of a motor boat, he said. In Khandwa district, low lying areas of Chamarwadi, Ramnagar and Gulshan Nagar were inundated due to heavy rains, prompting authorities to shift around 3000 people to relief camp, deputy collector Anurag Saxena said. Road links with Indore, Khargone, Harda, Harsud and Burhanpur were snapped due to flooding while Indore-Amaravati highway was closed to traffic, he said. Passengers of Delhi-Chennai GT express train had a narrow escape due to timely detection of landslide caused by heavy rains in Betul district, they said.

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