Heavy rainfall in most parts of Madhya Pradesh including the capital city Bhopal has created a serious flood-like situation in the state. Those regions which are in the Narmada river belt are under the highest threat, as per reports.
It has been raining now for two days straight. On Saturday, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) has issued a warning about continuous rain in the next 48 hours, putting the state in high alert.
The RMC also issued a red alert for districts like Chhindwara, Vidisha, Sehore, Rajgarh, Shajapur and Agar. One the other hand, 18 districts including Bhopal and Indore are on yellow alert. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that this year rain has broken the previous rain records of 1999.
“As many as 411 villages have so far been impacted by the floods and over 8,000 people have been rescued. Water levels have receded now,” CM Chauhan informed.
He further informed that no loss of life has been reported from anywhere across the state.
The CM also said: “I have spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and asked for five choppers. Rescue operations are underway in Balaghat,”
Earlier, two helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were scheduled for rescue operations in Hoshangabad, Raisen and Sehore districts. However, due to inclement weather, they had to return midway.
Meanwhile, several teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are working in the flood-hit areas. CM Chouhan also said he would monitor the flood situation in the state from his office cum “flood control room”.
According to the chief minister’s office (CMO), on Saturday, the CM called a high-level meeting of state officials regarding the rain and flood situation in the state. In the meeting, the CM instructed the officials to pay full attention to the Narmada river and its tributaries as heavy rainfall is going to continue in most parts of the state in the next 48 hours.