Madhya Pradesh: Heavy rainfall causes flash floods in Satna, Helicopters pressed in for help


Satna: Heavy rains in the past 48 hours have led to flood-like situation in many parts of Madhya Pradesh, throwing normal life out of gear, many parts of the state have been inundated and helicopters are carrying out sorties to provide succour to the flood-hit people in Rewa and Satna districts.

Satna District Magistrate Naresh Pal on Thursday said “around 1300 people” had been rescued and provided accommodation in relief camps.

According to weather monitoring site Skymet, in span of 20 hours from 8:30 am on Wednesday, Satna recorded 270 mm of rainfall. The city has already recorded whopping 460 mm of rain in first seven days of the month itself. The state government has asked schools in Rewa and Satna to be closed today and tomorrow. Schools in other districts, including Hoshangabad and Jabalpur, have also been asked to remain closed today, officials said.

"We have provided food items and medicines on boats to Sariyatola village, having a population of 1,500, that had turned into an island as it was surrounded by a swollen river and a nullah (drain)," Satna Collector Naresh Pal said. Pal said that no death due to flood has been reported from the district, and added that water level in the rivers was receding due to a pause in the rain since pre-dawn.

Very heavy rains are likely to lash Satna, Hoshangabad, Jabalpur, Raisen, Sagar and Damoh in next 24 hours, Indian Meteorological Department's Bhopal Centre Director Dr Anupam Kashyapi said. Bhopal, Narsinghpur, Vidisha and Betul too are are expected to receive heavy rain in the next 24 hours, he added.