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Six dead as heavy rains lash Jaipur, holiday declared

Jaipur, Aug 22 (): Owing to wall collapse and due to electrocution, six people died in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, where 160 mm of rain has been recorded causing heavy floods since Tuesday night.

The district administration declared a holiday for all the government offices as well as educational institutions on Wednesday  as the  rain created destruction in which over 100 colonies in low-lying areas and the walled city are flooded.

Heavy rains that started to pour from 11:00 pm on Tuesday night were expected to be 148.4 mm on Wednesday morning. Continued rains lashed the city for nearly four hours and people were left to spend the whole night without sleeping as water ran into their houses, causing damage to belongings. In a number of slum areas, people were said to have taken shelter on roof-tops.

B L Soni, Commissioner of Police said,” The rain has caused heavy destruction in most of the low-lying areas and claimed five to six lives.” The officer also added that in Bhatta Basti owing to wall collapse, two children were buried alive. “In Sodala, two people were electrocuted and two kids were said to be washed away in Ghat Ki Guni,” added the officer.

A team of police have been deployed in the affected areas and some social organizations have made arrangements for 5000 food packets for the people who have been affected by the rain, said the police.

While talking to reporters, Mayor Khandewal stated that road side shops and markets were the most affected in the low-lying areas of Jawahar Nagar, Shastri Nagar and Sodala areas. “A number of senior officials and disaster management staffs of the Jaipur Municipal corporation have been put to service for  pumping the water out of the flooded colonies to restore normalcy in the area,” said Mr Khandelwal.

Meanwhile, residents of the low-lying areas said that the officials of the municipal corporations are least bothered about the situation as rains are lashing the city for the past one week. Electricity supply too had been cut off in most of the areas in the city due to rain.