Several villages in Barmer still submerged
Jaipur, Aug 25 (UNI) Several villages in the border areas of Barmer district are still submerged under water. Divers have been called in to fish out the bodies feared washed away in the flood waters.
Kawas, Sadka Paar, Mahapura, Bhadka, Mahwa, Undkha villages are under 10-20 feet water. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje under took an aerial survey of the flood hit areas today.
The administration called in Navy divers from Mumbai and RAC divers from Kota only after flood-affected people complained to the administration that many people have drowned, swept away and were missing in the steadily rising flood waters.
The villagers in Malva village in Barmer district told officials that Army jawans have been able to save 26 people while there is no information about the rest 80. Former MP Colonel Sonaram has claimed that more than 1,000 people have lost their lives in the flood.
With no proper drainage system in the villages, it has become difficult for draining out the flood water. And as such it has become almost impossible to search for the dead bodies until the water recedes.
Some people who have been able to save themselves, have taken shelter on hill tops but are facing acute food and water shortage.
There is fear of an outbreak of epidemic in the region.
According to a government press release, at least 2,850 people have been shifted to safer places and 15,000 tonne relief supplies have already been distributed.
Meanwhile Cairn Energy has set up a special team to assess the impact of the floods on its operations in the state.
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