Bhopal: Torrential downpour during the last hours has thrown life out of gear in the city. Many localities have been inundated including BHEL. Hoshangabad Road, Teela Jamalpura, Semra, Karond, Chhola, Kolar etc. Due to heavy showers, there was power disruption in many areas. The BMC team remained on alert and the control room had received information related to flooding from a number of localities.
In many localities, people complained that the water had entered their houses. In more than a dozen localities, the water had entered the houses. Areas around Raj Talkies are inundated. Colonies having covered campus have almost knee-deep water. The colonies facing grave problem of water-logging include Kailash Nagar, Semra, Sarvdharm Colony, Sharda Nagar, Lambakheda, Sonagiri, Piplani, Kalyan Nagar, Laxmi Nagar etc.
Bhopal receives 140 mm rains Heavy rains have been battering parts of Madhya Pradesh for the last many days now. So much so that in a span of just 24 hours, from 8:30 am on Sunday, Seoni has recorded extremely heavy rains of 313 mm, followed by Bhopal 140 mm, Sagar 109 mm, Raisen 132 mm, Jabalpur 75 mm, Mandla 61 mm and Damoh 58 mm. In fact, due to heavy amounts of rainfall, the local administration has ordered to keep all the schools and colleges closed in Bhopal and Mandla today.
According to meteorologists of Skymet Weather, the flood situation is likely for the next few days as heavy to very heavy rains would lash many parts of the state. Places like Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Ratlam, Guna, Sagar, Gwalior, Morena etc would observe no relief from flooding rains for the next three to four days.
The Low-Pressure Area continues to be over Northeast Madhya Pradesh. And the axis of Monsoon Trough has been extending from Rajasthan to this Low-Pressure Area across Madhya Pradesh. The effect of these systems would give more flooding rains in Madhya Pradesh, particularly West and Northeast Madhya Pradesh for at least next three days. However, the intensity would be comparatively lesser this time over the southeastern districts such as Mandla and adjoining areas.
Due to continuous amount of rainfall, nearly all the dams in the state are full to the brim. And due to overflowing waters, the officials are planning to open the gates of many reservoirs in the state, which may further worsen the situation and lead to water-logging and flood havoc in many low-lying areas.
Youth, child washed away in capital A youth and a one-and-half-year-old child have swept away in Bhopal on Sunday as heavy rains continue to pound the Madhya Pradesh capital. The youth had turned up to see water gushing out of Bhadbhada sluice gates on Upper Lake. He was washed away in the powerful current. On the other hand a kid fell into a swollen nullah in Phanda.
Police said the youth is yet to be identified. He was washed away in the Upper Lake near Prempura Ghat and attempts to find him failed and rescue operation was called off after an hour due to strong water current and darkness. Police said eyewitness reports indicate that the youth slid into the flowing water as he was standing near the over bridge facing Sair-Sapata.
On the other hand, the body of the kid identified as Anushka was recovered some distance in Phanda. SHO Khajuri LD Mishra said Anushka, daughter of Prakash who runs a tea shop and lives in Phanda locality, had gone to see water flowing through a swollen drain along with her elder sister, Puja, 10.They were standing on the side when Anushka slipped and was washed away.
The child was rescued within 30 minutes with the help of villagers and rushed to nearby hospital from where the doctors referred her to Kamla Nehru hospital where she was declared brought dead. Meanwhile, incessant rain continued throughout the day on Sunday inundating the low-lying areas in the city. Weathermen said about 62.1 mm rain was recorded in the city between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm.
Rivers in Malwa Nimar overflowing Most of the Malwa-Nimar rivers are in spate due to heavy rains. The water level of Narmada is constantly increasing. The Mortakka Bridge on the Narmada River on the Indore-Ichapur highway was closed on Sunday night due to continuous water release from Bargi, Tawa, Indira Sagar, and Omkareshwar dams. Traffic was stopped on Sunday night. It will be opened only after monitoring the conditions.
Till then, vehicles passing through Indore will go via Deshgaon to Bhikgaon-Khalghat. At the same time, in Rampura in Neemuch district, a bike and handcart were washed away in Neemuch after 2 hours of torrential rains.
The Omkareshwar Dam Management has opened 18 gates up to two-and-half meters, releasing 16,000 cumecs per second. Due to this, the water level on the Narmada Ghats in the lower region of Mortakka is increasing rapidly. Punasa SDM Mamta Khede reached Morattka at 8 pm as soon as the information was received.
She instructed the ashrams and temples on the banks of Narmada to be evacuated immediately. The electricity supply of the area was also closed so that the current could not spread. She instructed the patwari and home guard jawans to remain alert on the spot.
12 gates of Indira Sagar Dam opened Due to the continuous release of water from Bargi and Tawa Dam, water is being released by opening the gates of Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar Dam. For the first time in this season, 12 gates of Indira Sagar Dam were opened up to four-and-half meters releasing 13000 cumecs (cubic meter per second) water. While 1840 cumecs of water is being released by operating eight turbines.
According to Indira Sagar Project Chief Anurag Seth, Sunday, September 8 was the 24th day of keeping the gates open. In 2013, there is a record of releasing water by opening gates for about 53 days. Khandwa among districts with above average rainfall: Khandwa is also included in the districts with 20 to 59 percent more rainfall than the average in the state. Khandwa district has received a total of 36.29 inches of rain till Sunday 8 September, while the average rainfall in the district is 32 inches.
Burhanpur, Khargone and Barwani districts of Nimar besides Khandwa have received above average rainfall. According to Meteorological Department Bhopal, all these four districts have been categorized as districts with more than 20 or 59 percent rainfall.
In Neemuch district, heavy rains started on Sunday and continued on Monday. Rivers and streams are in spate. On Sunday, after the torrential rains in Rampura tehsil for 2 hours, the city became waterlogged. Many low-lying localities were inundated including Lalbagh, Bada Bazaar, Purani Sabzi Mandi, Kushalpura, Madar Bad etc, Water flowing through the roads also washed away a handcart and a bike.