22 Jul 2023

Heavy Rain Alert In Madhya Pradesh: CM Asks Collectors To Constantly Monitor Situation; 2 Swept Away In Betul, One In Burhanpur; Mahakal Temple Inundated In Ujjain

Bhopal: There is an alert of heavy rain in 13 districts of Madhya Pradesh for the next 24 hours. With many rivers overflowing in the state, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave necessary instructions to the field officials. He said that the work of constant monitoring of the water level of dams, rivers and nullahs should continue during the rainy season. He ask4ed the collectors to prepare an action plan for relief in coordination with the Meteorological Department after considering the weather report and assessing the flood situation. 

Tapti reaches danger mark

Due to incessant rains, the Tapti river reached the danger mark in Burhanpur on Saturday afternoon. The water level is rising continuously. More than 12 kutcha houses collapsed in Jasondi village of the district. A youth named Lasu and his goats were washed away in the floods in the river in the village.

Burhanpur's contact with Maharashtra has been cut off. Rain water entered more than 150 houses in Ambada village of Nepanagar in the district.  In Bhopal too, heavy rainfall occurred on Friday night.

2 swept away in Betul

Tapti is in spate in Betul as well. Two people were swept away while crossing the culvert in Sandia and Jolkheda in the district. The body of one of them has been found. Search is on for others.

Senior meteorologist HS Pandey told that the systems are active over Bay of Bengal, North Andhra Pradesh, South Odisha post. Their impact is also in Madhya Pradesh. 

Water filled in Mahakal temple

Kshipra and Gambhir rivers have overflowed in Ujjain. The situation is such that even the temple of Baba Mahakal has become waterlogged. This water reached the Nandi Griha. The devotees later took out the water from Nandi Griha. Heavy rains started in Ujjain from late Friday night and engulfed many parts of the city. This water reached the Mahakal temple where a large number of devotees were present during the Shayan Aarti. Meanwhile, the rainwater also reached the Ganesh Mandapam. 

At many places, water has also entered houses and shops. In view of the strong and heavy rains, the Ujjain collector declared a holiday for the schools. A gate of the Gambhir Dam built in the city was also opened halfway. The Meteorological Department has expressed the possibility of heavy rains in many districts including Ujjain district even during Saturday and Sunday.

Alert issued for low-lying areas of Pench River

Khandwa State Highway was closed due to overflowing of Ajnal river in Harda. Traffic started on the highway after 8 hours after the water receded from the bridge. Water flooded houses in Jatra Padav area of Harda city. Due to increase in the water level of Machagora Dam in Chhindwara, a gate had to be opened on Saturday. This dam is built on the Pench river. An alert has been issued for the low-lying areas of Pench river.

Air service was also affected

The effect of monsoon rains and deteriorating weather was visible not only on the road but also on the air traffic. Many flights were affected by the rain. Many flights are flying late by two to three hours, while many flights had to be diverted to Indore instead of Bhopal.

IndiGo flight from Delhi to Bhopal was also affected due to bad weather. Which had to be diverted to Indore on Friday night. The second flight of Indigo coming from Mumbai to Bhopal was also delayed by two hours. The Indigo flight coming from Raipur was also delayed by about an hour. In fact, due to bad weather, the visibility reached 100 meters. Due to which Bhopal flights were diverted to Indore.

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