Continuous heavy rains in the state from last three days have thrown life out of gear. The local weather centre has also warned of torrential (extremely heavy) rain in 8 districts of the state, very heavy rain in 8 districts and heavy rain in 16 districts. At the same time, in Bhopal two gates of Bhadbhada and three of Kaliasot dam and the gates of Kolar dam were opened. In Bhopal, all the dams and water bodies including Upper Lake are full due to the continuous rains for the last three days. It was clouded here on Tuesday and the intermittent rains continued.
Heavy downpour lashed the city from late afternoon inundating the low-lying localities. At many places, the rainwater entered inside the houses. As rains are battering State capital from last couple of days and owing to this reason, water logging is giving nightmares to people living in low lying areas. Now, people are seen praying for almighty to stop the rains which have broken the records of last many years.
The overflowing drains and water filled roads are also exposing the tall claims of Bhopal Municipal Corporation that necessary pre-monsoon arrangement was done. Bhopal has been receiving continuous rains for 36 hours. This time many records were broken here. This season city received 14.61 cm of rain in one day in the month of September. This is the highest in one day after 72 years.
This season the city has recorded a total of 148.31 cm of rain till Monday morning. From Sunday morning to Monday evening, in just 36 hours it rained as much as it should normally rain in the entire month of September. Commuters face hardship Rainwater was flowing on roads and vehicle riders faced lot of problem in riding their vehicles. Many two wheeler riders fell down after they could not see pothole due to flowing rainwater or lost their balance.
The worst situation was in slums situated in low-lying areas. Dirty rain water gushed inside the slums, creating havoc like situation among slum dwellers. The waist deep water was seen in slums situated on the bank of Sarvadharam culvert. The water was flowing by touching the walls of slums. Likewise, old city also faced water-logging.
The water-loggig problem was reported in Shahjehanabad area, Aishbhagh area, Nishatpura, Cholla area, Gautam Nagar, Laxmi talkies road. Loha Bazar, Khabadkhana area, Nariyalkheda area etc. The water-logged roads created lot of inconvenience to pedestrians as well as vehicle riders. Many people were seen draining out the rainwater which gushed inside their homes.
Flood situation grim in many other places in state The flood situation was grim in many other places in the state. Traffic on the Mortakka Bridge on the Indore-Ichapur highway remained closed even on Tuesday due to continuous rise in water level in the Narmada River. At the same time, 12 gates of Indira Sagar Dam have been opened up to six and a half meters due to excess water storage. Water is being released from 18 gates of Ankareshwar dam.
Due to the constant rise in water level, the Narmada river is about to touch the Mortakka bridge. Traffic at the bridge was closed at 11.40 pm on Sunday night. The Meteorological Department has issued yellow alert (heavy rain) in 16 districts of the state. It also includes Khandwa.
At the same time, Acharyashree Vidya Sagar Ji Maharaj arrived in Nemawar to observe the Narmada River. Due to incessant rains in the flood-hit Vidisha district, 5 to 6 feet of water is filled in a total of 15 localities at various places. Here the Betwa river is flowing 15 to 20 feet above the bridge.
Raisen district has also lost road connectivity to Vidisha and Bhopal due to the rise of rivers and drains at various places. In many places, rivers are flowing up to 10 feet above the bridge. A youth named Sahil Patel (19) drowned while taking bath in Narmada on Gwarighat in Jabalpur district Monday evening.
Even after the search continued till late at night, his body could not be recovered. In Sagar district too, due to heavy rains, the low-lying settlements are inundated. Here a child drowned in a drain of Garhkota. Due to release of water from the Bargi dam in Jabalpur, there is a flood in the Narmada river. Due to the backwaters of Narmada, villages in the Barwani district have become islands.