Heavy showers lashed Bhopal on Tuesday morning with drizzle and intermittent light to moderate showers being experienced during the rest of the day. Flood situation in the state of Madhya Pradesh has reached an alarming stage with several lives lost and massive damage to property, crops as well as the entire populace in the state. Monsoon mayhem continues to affect the state with at least 220 lives being lost.
The backwater of Gandhi Sagar Dam in Mandsaur saw a massive increase in water levels after a ring wall collapsed yesterday. Chambal River also saw an increase in water levels. Rampura bus stand saw 9 feet water with many buses and trucks being submerged. 36 districts affected by flooding rains Out of 52 districts in the state, at least 36 have been affected by flooding rains. Army, NDRF, SDRF, have been carrying out the relief and rescue work.
45000 people evacuated At least 45000 people have been evacuated from flood-hit areas and shifted to about 150 relief camps that have been set up. Relief operations are going on in affected areas of Mandsaur, Neemuch, Ratlam, Agra-Mala, Sheopur, Damoh, Raisen, Ashoknagar, Bhind and Shajapur with the government providing aid of Rs. 100 crores.
Over 200 houses completely destroyed: At least 10 thousand houses have been damaged partially with over 200 houses being completely destroyed.
Heavy crop loss Moreover, the crop loss damage has been assessed to the tune of Rs. 8000 crores as six to eight lakh hectares of land has been damaged. Damage to houses, buildings and roads have amounted to up to Rs. 2000 crore. These figures are likely to go up as it will take at least 20 days to make the assessments.
In Mandsaur, the rain stopped on Monday and the water in Gandhi Sagar Dam also started to recede, but on Tuesday, an expert team would come from the Centre to check what damage has been caused to the dam due to excessive rainfall in the last three days. Actually, there were reports of a crack in the dam throughout the day on Monday.
Additional Chief Secretary of Water Resources Department M. Gopal Reddy said that the dam is safe. For the first time since 2006, the dam has received so much water, so we requested the Center to send a special team to check the dam, he said.
On the other hand, in Mandsaur, the water level has come down and markets opened after remaining submerged for two days. When the shop owners opened shops, they found the goods kept in them, including sugar, tea leaves, and other items, had been extensively damaged. 20,000 people are still in relief camps. Many villages are still waterlogged.
All 19 gates of Gandhi Sagar Dam remained open on Monday as well. Gradually, the water level of the dam is decreasing. It dropped from 1318 to 1314 feet on Monday evening. The dam’s water level 1318 feet was recorded on Saturday evening. After this, the arrival of water in the dam is only about 1.25 million cusecs, while 6 lakh cusecs of water is being released from the dam. Dam gates may be closed on Tuesday.