Sunday, July 01, 2007

Rains lash Madhya Pradesh, Floods in Khandwa

Life was thrown out of gear as rains lashed several parts of Madhya Pradesh today with water from swollen rivers inundating a few villages, destroying huts and blocking roads in Khandwa district, official sources said. Water level in rivers and rivulets rose menacingly in Khandwa district which recorded rainfall of 185 mm in last 24 hours, Met department said.

Around 60 families were vacated from banks of Aamna river and lodged in temporary camps at different schools, sources said adding water from the river caused damage to several huts in Chamarwadi area. People in low-lying areas like Ram Nagar were stranded for couple of hours due to flooding, before help arrived. No casualties were reported as people from low-lying areas were shifted to relief camps, officials said. Roads connecting Khandwa and Khargone, Burhanpur and Sanawad were blocked as small bridges were swept away, they said.

Khargone recorded a maximum rainfall of 244 mm since yesterday, while Betul recorded 170 mm, Chhindwara 91.2 mm, Dhar 87.8 mm, Indore 27.6 mm, Ujjain 23 mm and Bhopal recorded 15.2 mm, met sources said. Rains and thunder showers were expected in most places in Indore, Bhopal and Hoshangabad districts, they said adding some places in Gwalior, Chhindwara, Ujjain and Jabalpur divisions will also experience rainfall in next 24 hours. Bureau Report

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