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Madhya Pradesh Floods: 1,225 Villages Affected; PM Modi Speaks to CM Chouhan

About 1,171 villages are affected due to heavy rains and floods in Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia and Gwalior districts.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>A red alert has been sounded for Shivpuri, Sheopur, Guna and two other districts of Madhya Pradesh.</p></div>
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday, 4 August, said that the situation in the northern party of the state is grim, adding that at least 1,225 villages have been affected and efforts are underway to rescue 1,950 people.

The chief minister on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the state, news agency ANI reported.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet on Wednesday said that he spoke to CM Chouhan about the flood situation in the state. He also said that the Centre is working closely with the state government to assist those affected by the heavy rains.

A red alert has been sounded for Shivpuri, Sheopur, Guna and two other districts of Madhya Pradesh (MP) as no respite from torrential rain appears to be in sight for the state’s worst-hit Gwalior-Chambal region in the next 24 hours.

CM Chouhan also stated that Shivpuri's communication system has been damaged and he has requested the telecom ministry to try and restore the infrastructure.

Here is the flood situation at present:

  • Approximately 1,225 villages in Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia, Gwalior, Guna, Bhind and Morena districts are affected.

  • Nearly 5,950 people have been rescued so far from the flood-hit areas of the Gwalior-Chambal region.

  • More than 200 villages in Shivpuri and Sheopur districts have been badly affected by heavy rain and floods.

  • Shivpuri district reported 470 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours and 798 mm rain in 48 hours.

  • Over 100 people were rescued from 22 villages of the district on Tuesday morning.

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Rescue Operations Underway, At least 1,000 People Still Trapped

<div class="paragraphs"><p>Flood-hit people being rescued from a low-lying locality near the Seep River in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh</p></div>

Flood-hit people being rescued from a low-lying locality near the Seep River in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh

(Photo: PTI)

Taking to Twitter Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Wednesday, 4 August, said that 30 villages of Sheopur are affected by floods due to the floods in Quarri, Seep, Parvati rivers. He added that rescue operations for at least 1,000 people trapped in Jawalapur, Bheravada, Mewara, Jatkheda villages are underway.

In a separate Tweet, CM Chouhan stated that the Army has rescued 17 people trapped in Datia's Pali village and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued 20 people from Kali Pahari of Shivpuri and 11 from Tapkeshwar temple on 4 August.

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The CM also said that the state government has asked for four columns of the army so that they are able to rescue the people who are stranded due to the floods.

“SDRF team is doing good work. Two ministers are in Shivpuri and are monitoring the situation and are in talks with me. One column of Indian Army is of 80 personnel. They are sending one column each for four districts. From Jhansi, they are mobilising for Gwalior and Datia and from Babeena (UP) for Shivpuri and Sheopur."

MP State Home Minister Narottam Mishra on 4 August visited the the flood-affected areas in Gwalior to take stock of the situation.

IAF Tweets Visuals of Rescue Ops

Meanwhile the Indian Air Force (IAF) tweeted visuals of the an IAF Task Force, which is functional at Air Force Station in Gwalior and is coordinating flood relief efforts at Shivpuri District.

“Rescue Ops are underway with 5 helicopters operating from Gwalior & Shivpuri (sic),” tweeted the IAF.

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The CM has reportedly asked IAF rescue teams to give priority to those taking shelter on trees in Shivpuri district’s Bichi village. People are also taking shelter on trees in Dongar village and efforts are reportedly being made to rescue them, as well.

Earlier, in the day, ANI had reported that Indian Air Force HAL-Dhruv Helicopter had been deployed to carry out a rescue mission.

Meanwhile, according to an NDTV report, rail tracks have gone underwater due to the rain and flood water between Shivpuri and Mahona stations of Guna-Gwalior section. Thus, five trains have been cancelled partially or are running on a diverted route.

(With inputs from NDTV and ANI)

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