Seven more persons died in flood-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the toll so far in rain-related incidents to 22, even as the meteorological department predicted more rainfall in almost the entire state.

“Twenty two people have died due to flood so far and nine persons are missing,” an officer of the Chief Minister Press Cell told PTI today. Five persons have died in Bhopal and Jabalpur while three in Vidisha. One person has died in Raisen, Rewa, Sagar, Mandla, Tikamgarh, Seoni, Damoh, Sehore and Agar—Malwa districts, he added. As many as 7,000 people have been rescued so far in the state, the officer added.

According to the officer, 3,32,400 persons have been affected by downpour in the state including 80,000 in Bhopal, 50,000 in Shajapur, 45,000 in Jabalpur, 25,000 each in Satna and Harda and 21,000 in Panna districts.

Nearly 15,819 people ravaged by flood were living in the 68 camps, of them 6,710 were putting up in 14 shelter homes in Bhopal, 2,000 in 18 camps in Harda, 2,000 in eight camps in Sehore, 1,400 in seven camps in Vidisha, 1,265 in five shelter homes in Satna and rest in other districts, he said.

He said, 2,360 houses have been completely damaged due to the flood while 17,236 houses have been partially damaged.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, Bhopal Centre, 34 districts have received more than average rainfall, 11 districts have registered normal rains, less rainfall has been recorded in five district and poor rain in one district.

Rain and thunder shower is likely to occur at most places over Madhya Pradesh in next 24 hours, IMD Bhopal Centre’s Director Anupam Kashyapi said.

He said heavy to very heavy rainfall likely to occur at isolated places over Guna, Neemuch, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Ujjain, Shajapur, Rajgarh, Sehore and Agar—Malwa districts in next 24 hours.

Source: The Hindu, 11 July 2016