Amid incessant rainfall, Mandsaur District administration in Madhya Pradesh has declared a holiday for all public and private schools from August 16 to August 17. All schools in Rajgarh ditrict will also remain closed tomorrow, i.e. Friday, August 16, 2019.
Almost the entire Madhya Pradesh is receiving rains and some areas are expected to have "very heavy to extremely heavy" rain for the next few days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted. The rains have sent rivers and nullahs into spate and inundated low-lying areas across the state.
RD Gupta, a professor at government college at Mandsaur, his wife Bindu Gupta (42) and daughter Akriti (20) fell into a fast-flowing nullah in Gandhinagar area of the city while trying to click a selfie on Wednesday morning.
Onlookers pulled out Gupta but his wife and daughter were swept away, district Superintendent of Police Hitesh Choudhary said. The bodies of the two women were later fished out.
In another rain-related incident, Bapulal Dhakad, a milkman, was swept away while crossing a bridge across a nullah which was in spate on his motorbike at Badwan village in Mandsaur district, collector Manoj Pushp said. His body was retrieved one km away.
Some 3,000 people were evacuated from Malhargarh area, Mandsaur tehsil and Mandsaur city in the district and shifted to seven relief camps set up in the view of heavy downpour and floods. Around a dozen houses also collapsed or were partially damaged due to rain in the district. However, floodwaters are now receding, the district collector said.
The water of the Shivani river has entered the famous Pashupatinath Mahadev temple on its bank. The rivers Narmada, Kshipra, Betwa, Tapti, Tawa, Chambal and Parwati are in spate across Madhya Pradesh. In the wake of this calamitous situation, home guards have been pressed into service for rescue and relief operations.
Heavy rains are further expected at isolated places of 36 districts including Indore, Dhar, Khandwa, Neemuch, Mandsaur and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
(With inputs from agencies)