Rain poses flood threat to MP

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Bhopal, June 21 (UNI) About 500 houses collapsed, 200 cattle were killed and road traffic movement affected due to torrential rain in four consecutive days in Madhya Pradesh's Bundelkhand region.

Swelling nullahs and rivers posed flood threat in Sagar, Damoh and Tikamgarh districts, while road link to Damoh and Tikamgarh was cut-off.

In Damoh district's Hata tahsil, 25 cm rain was recorded in the past 10 hours.

About 140 mud houses collapsed and more than 20 villages were affected in Damoh district. Hata, Batiagarh and Patharia blocks were most affected.

Official sources said food packets were being provided to flood-affected people lodged in eight relief camps in Hata tahsil.

District Collector sought the assistance of Jabalpur Station Commander to deploy a helicopter to rescue 10 people trapped in flood waters in Batiagarh area.

In Tikamgarh district, water level was on rise in rivers, including Betwa and Jamini, and rivulets. The Mahendra Sagar Dam has been damaged and the water has been entering nearby 24 villages. Rains destroyed 400 mud houses of the district.

Traffic movement on Orchha-Jhansi road was disrupted as culverts were submerged.

Meanwhile, other parts of Madhya Pradesh received comparatively less precipitation.

Met Department spokesperson said a low pressure area built above Uttar Pradesh and north-eastern Madhya Pradesh would cause heavy rains in Rewa, Sagar and Jabalpur divisions in the next 24 hrs.

The state capital witnessed spates of drizzle from morning to afternoon.

Overnight precipitation figures were Damoh 14 cm, Tikamgarh 10 cm, Umaria and Jabalpur 7 cm each and Rewa 4 cm.

UNI Team-KV PS 1719

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