Madhya Pradesh: Torrential rains batter state, 6 children dead, thousands evacuated
At least six children lost their lives, while another one went missing in separate rain-related incidents in three districts of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, police said
Bhopal: Torrential rains over the last two days triggered flooding in several districts of Madhya Pradesh, including Hoshangabad, where the Army and the NDRF were roped in on Saturday to rescue people from inundated areas.
At least six children lost their lives, while another one went missing in separate rain-related incidents in three districts. Four children were crushed to death when a mud wall of a house collapsed while they were playing on the road at Banahra village under Umariapan police station in Katni district.
The deceased included a four-year-old boy, an eight-year-old girl and two six-year-old girls, the official said. Two rain-related casualties were reported in Parei village under Gaurihar police station of Chhatarpur district, where two girls, aged nine and 14 years, drowned in an inundated field.
MP's Sehore and Chhindwara districts also continue to be lashed by heavy rains.
In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 792 villages in 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh have been affected by floods, with the Sharda and the Saryu rivers flowing above the danger mark at some places in the state.
The flood-affected districts in the state are Ambedkarnagar, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Barabanki, Basti, Deoria, Farrukhabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Khiri, Mau, Shahjahanpur and Sitapur.
According to the relief commissioner, of 792 villages hit by the deluge, 437 are completely flooded.
The Sharda river was flowing above the danger mark at Palia Kalan in Lakhimpur Kheri, while the Saryu river was flowing above the danger mark at Ayodhya, Elgin Bridge in Barabanki and Turtipar in Ballia.
Mahanadi to flood coastal areas
The flood situation in Mahanadi basin turned grim as the water level of the river, regarded as the largest in Odisha, rose alarmingly and stood at 26.53 metre at Naraj near Cuttack as against the danger mark of 26.41 metre on Saturday morning.
It is likely to affect coastal districts including Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh and parts of Kendrapara. Several houses and standing crops have been damaged due to flood in these rivers.
Meanwhile, parts of Chhattisgarh were also inundated due to heavy downpour. Nearly 12,000 houses in four districts were partially or completely damaged due to the incessant rainfall and thousands of people were shifted to relief camps.