In Madhya Pradesh, the situation in torrential rain-affected districts continues to be grim, as these areas are still receiving intermittent showers. Bhopal, Raisen, Vidisha, Hoshangbad, Sehore and Betul district are facing flood-like situation after last night’s torrential rains.

Most of the major and minor rivers including Narmada, Betwa, Barna are in spate, as Narmada is nearing the danger mark at Hoshangabad and Nemawar.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed the situation at a meeting held in Bhopal on Saturday, where he said that the situation is under control. Chouhan postponed a meeting to be held near Bhopal with his ministerial colleagues. He has instructed ministers to be present in their respective areas to monitor the situation. The state government has issued an emergency help line number 1079 for any kind of assistance.

Meanwhile, the Met Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in Bhopal, Raisen, Hoshangabad, Betul, Chindwara, Dewas and Narsinghpur.

Eight rain related deaths have been reported in different parts of the state so far. Routine life has been badly affected in over half a dozen districts including Bhopal after heavy rains. Road connectivity has been adversely hit in these districts especially in rural areas.

Bhopal received about 25 cm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Apart from low lying areas, several affluent colonies were also inundated in the city. Boats were used to rescue people in some residential localities.

Relief camps have been set up in government schools for affected people. Chouhan visited some affected areas in Bhopal to take stock of the situation.

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Source: The Indian Express, 10 July 2016