Flood situation grim in north M.P.: Chouhan

SDERF personnel rescue flood-hit people at Lidhora in Dabra tehsil of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The flood situation is “grim” in north Madhya Pradesh where over 1,200 villages were affected following heavy rainfall and 5,950 people were shifted to safer places with the help of the Army, the NDRF, the BSF and State agencies, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday.

He said 1,950 persons were still stranded in flood-hit areas and efforts were on to rescue them.

Rail services between Shivpuri and Gwalior and telecom services in Morena district were badly affected, he told reporters.

The rescue operations using helicopters resumed again on Wednesday, after being affected due to the bad weather on Tuesday.

Aerial survey

The Chief Minister undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas on Wednesday afternoon.

“The flood situation in north Madhya Pradesh is grim... 1,225 villages in Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia, Gwalior, Guna, Bhind and Morena districts are affected,” Mr. Chouhan said.

The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Army and the BSF together succeeded in evacuating 5,950 people from 240 villages, he said.

“Four columns of the Army, BSF, NDRF teams and 70 teams of the SDRF have been deployed for the rescue work. More teams of the NDRF are coming ... five helicopters of the Air Force, including four in Gwalior and one in Shivpuri, have also been pressed into rescue operations,” the Chief Minister said.

But, it was a matter of relief that the water level was coming down in some places, he said.

Villages submerged

Some villages in Sheopur district were completely submerged, but the people stranded there were safe. The Army was reaching those villages for the rescue operations, he said.

The Army also reached Datia, where 1,100 people were rescued from 36 villages, the Chief Minister informed.

Some people were airlifted from a place in Datia district where all the main roads were shut due to inundation, he said.

“Two bridges in Datia district collapsed due to flooding. A crack emerged on a bridge over the National Highway no. 3, hence it had been closed as a precaution,” he said.

Nearly 3,000 people were shifted to relief camps in Gwalior, where 46 villages were affected. In Shivpuri, 800 people were rescued from 22 villages.

Rising water level

Mr. Chouhan said there was a danger of flooding in Bhind and Morena districts as the water level in the Chambal river was rising due to heavy showers.

The level would further go up in these districts as water was released from a barrage over the Chambal river, he said.

People from low-lying villages in these districts were being evacuated, he added. Mr. Chouhan also said the infrastructure was completely damaged at several places in these districts.

“The telecommunication infrastructure in Morena and other places were completely destroyed due to the floods. I have spoken to officials of the Union Telecom Ministry in this regard,” he said.

Train services between Shivpuri and Gwalior were halted as the rail infrastructure was badly damaged, he said.

Mr. Chouhan said he spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday and informed them about the flood situation in the State.

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