Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a high-level meeting before undertaking an aerial survey in the flood-affected districts this morning. Mr Chouhan said necessary steps would be taken to tackle the flood situation.
In the meeting, it was said two Air force helicopters are being pressed into services and round-the-clock alert was sounded in the affected districts. Mr Chouhan also reviewed the district-wise relief and rescue work.
Hoshangabad, Harda, Sehore, Raisen, Dewas, Khargone, Khandwa, Barwani and Alirajpur were the worst affected districts.
The water level in the Narmada river in Hoshangabad town raised up to 981.60 ft due to opening of the sluice gates of Tawa dam. The low-lying areas in the town were water logged and thousands of people were shifted to safer places. Several villages, including Kamalwada and Janwasa in Hoshangabad and Sehore districts, were submerged and Air force choppers joined to rescue the trapped villagers.
All gates of Bargi, Barna and Kolar dams were opened while Army were asked to help in rescue operation in Hoshangabad.
Besides, 3,000 jawans of home guard and 70 boats were engaged in rescue operations in the affected districts, the sources added.
As many as 12 people were killed in rain-related incident in Narasingpur district’s Gadarwara yesterday while two others also died in Sagar, the sources said while adding that compensation was being provided to the kin of the deceased.
Crops were damaged in 6,000 ha areas in the flood affected districts. The district administrations declared two-day holidays in the schools of these districts. The Chief Minister appealed to the people not to cross the rivers with wooden boats and run vehicles on the over-flowed bridges.
Monsoon became active before the month of June and since then, rains created havoc in most of the districts in the state. The rain-related incidents claimed 83 lives thus far and large quantity of crops were damaged due to excessive rains. (Details on Pg-3)