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Rains claim 22 lives in Jalgaon; 15,000 people evacuated

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Jalgaon, Aug 9 (UNI) Incessant rains have so far claimed 22 lives in Jalgaon district and 15,000 people have been shifted to safer places, Collector Vijay Singhal said today.

Mr Singhal told UNI, ''The situation continues to be grim in Jalgaon with incessant rains since Saturday claiming 22 lives. Of these, 13 people died due to wall collapse and nine others were washed away.'' Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, along with Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil, did an aerial survey of the flood-affected district this morning but could not land at Chopda since it was raining heavily, he said.

At least 269 villages had been affected due to the downpour.

Communication links had been disrupted in 37 villages and nearly 7,000 hectares of crop land had been damaged. Kura and Kotli villages had also been submerged in the flood water. The famous Muktai temple in Kotli village also got damaged.

Traffic on Varagaon-Chavada had been shut after the bridge collapse. However, Neri bridge, which was damaged due to flood was opened to traffic today, Jalgaon building and communication official B B Rajput told UNI.

All dams in the district were over flowing. Girna dam was full to its capacity and all its 13 sluice gates had been opened and 1,20,000 cusec water had been released. Besides, Hatanur dam on Tapi river was also overflowing and 41 sluice gates have been opened, releasing three lakh cusec of water.

UNI XR-KU GK KD BST1524

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