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MP floods :Death toll rises to 22, red alert sounded

Bhopal, Aug 8 (): Red alert was  sounded in Hoshangabad, Sehore and Raisen districts on Tuesday as major rivers were flowing near or above the danger mark due to heavy rains that caused havoc in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh where at least 400 people of a village were said to be trapped.

The district administration has requested all the educational institutions to remain closed as a precautionary measure. High alert has been sounded in Hoshangabad, Sehore and Raisen districts, and people were evacuated in the low-lying areas on the banks of the river, said sources. A number of state highways were also closed owing to continuous rain.

A total of fifty villages were affected by the floods, in which twenty villages have been sounded on high alert. The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated that efforts are being taken to tackle the situation and assured that the government will take full responsibility in helping the affected people.

Life in Madhya Pradesh turned miserable as the death toll rose  up to twenty-two on Tuesday. Altogether seven districts have been reeling under water, even after water level in some rivers is believed to be declining. Army has been called in order to carry rescue and relief operations in the most affected places that were sunken with floods.

Army helicopters are also being used carry out the rescue operations. More than twenty villages are severely affected and a total of 10,000 people were taking shelter in the relief camps, in which 7000 people were said to have lost their homes in the rain.

All district collectors have been ordered to keep the CM’s office informed, about the latest report regarding the flood situation and the relief operations in addition to supplying food and medicines.

Warnings of heavy rains were issued for Indore, Gwalior, Chambal and Ujjain divisions as well, said sources.