With rains continuing to lash almost entire Madhya Pradesh, many parts of the state have been inundated and helicopters are carrying out sorties to provide relief to the flood-hit people in Rewa and Satna districts.
Five youths, who went missing after they were swept away in the swollen Tamas river at Purva waterfall in Rewa district on July 6, are yet to be traced, collector Rahul Jain said.
In another incident, four persons were rescued by district authorities and three others by two choppers, one of Indian Army and another of the Indian Air Force, after they climbed on trees when Tamas river swelled, Jain said.
The state government has asked schools in Rewa and Satna to be closed on Friday and Saturday. Schools in other districts, including Hoshangabad and Jabalpur, have also been asked to remain closed on Friday, officials said.
“We have provided food items and medicines on boats to Sariyatola village, having a population of 1,500, that had turned into an island as it was surrounded by a swollen river
and a nullah (drain),” Satna Collector Naresh Pal said.
Satna received 244 mm (above 9 inches) rainfall in the last 24 hours, the weatherman said.
Army was helping them in relief operation, Pal said, adding that around 1,200 people affected by flood were staying in five camps, including four put up in the city, he said.
Pal said that no death due to flood has been reported from the district, and added that water level in the rivers was receding due to a pause in the rain since pre-dawn.
Very heavy rains are likely to lash Satna, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur, Raisen, Sagar and Damoh in next 24 hours, Indian Meteorological Department’s Bhopal Centre Director Dr Anupam Kashyapi said.
Bhopal, Narsinghpur, Vidisha and Betul too are expected to receive heavy rain in the next 24 hours, he added.
Image: A man wades through knee-high water in Satna. Satna has already received 244 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Photograph: PTI