More than 20 killed as rain lashes three States


Jaipur: At least more than twenty people were killed on Saturday in rain-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan even as rivers continued to be in spate in Bihar. Fifteen deaths were reported in Madhya Pradesh since last evening as the Met department predicted more showers and sounded heavy downpour alert for some districts on Sunday.

Three Indian Air Force aircraft dropped food packets and medicines in flooded areas of Rewa district, Collector Rahul Jain said. Seven people, including a woman and four minors, were killed and three others were injured when a house collapsed in Rahatgarh area of Sagar district on Saturday.

Two people, including an old woman, were also killed and seven others were injured when a newly-constructed building collapsed due to incessant rains at Maihar inSatna district. A jeep carrying two persons was swept away in the swollen Betwa river as it attempted to cross a bridge in Raisen district. Three bodies were recovered from a nullah on Saturday in Chhattarpur district. The victims were travelling in a car that was washed away off a bridge on the flooded nullah on Friday.

In Rajasthan, five people were killed when their house collapsed in Phool Baroda village in Baran district due to incessant rains since Saturday morning that created a flood-like situation in several parts of the State.

Several people are feared stranded in Chabra, Chipabarode, Kawai, Harnavadashahaji areas as the Parvan, Parwati, Ujjad and other rivers are overflowing after the rains. Seven members of a family were killed when their house was razed to the ground by huge boulders that rolled down the hill following a cloudburst in Pauri district of Uttarakhand on Saturday.

The Army was called in to the flood-affected areas of Baran district as senior officials also rushed to the spot. At least 24 people were airlifted in Baran district and nearby areas. Several villages remained inundated after water entered buildings, houses and a private power plant in Baran.

Meanwhile, two youths were reportedly swept away by strong currents in the Balapura Dam near Chipabarode town of Baran district. However, one of them was rescued later.

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