About 8700 people were evacuated to safer places.


Over 8,700 people have been evacuated to safer places in Madhya Pradesh's Malwa and Nimar regions after heavy rains triggered a flood-like situation in several areas over the past few days, officials said on Sunday. "In the waterlogged conditions caused by excessive rains in Indore, Khandwa, Khargone, Barwani and Burhanpur districts, 89 rescue operations have been carried out by the SDRF and 8,718 civilians and 2,637 livestock have been rescued and shifted to safer places," an official of the Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Department said.

Eight people were washed away after the embankment of the pond broke.

A total of 610 personnel and 801 Home Guard personnel have been deployed for rescue operations in the flood-hit districts, he said. Thandala Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Tarun Jain said eight people were washed away when the embankment of a pond collapsed during heavy rains in Bahadurpada village of Jhabua district on Saturday night.

CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a meeting

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said the Army and the Air Force will also be roped in for flood relief operations if needed amid heavy rains in the state. In a meeting with officials through video conference at 1.30 am on Saturday, Chouhan took stock of the situation in the districts affected by excessive rains and directed to speed up relief and rescue operations. He said the situation was under control at the moment. Chouhan said that people have been alerted in Khargone, Khandwa, Barwani, Dhar and Alirajpur.

If needed, the help of the Air Force will also be taken: CM Chouhan

"Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are engaged in relief and rescue operations. If needed, the help of army and air force will also be taken. The need for this is not felt in the current situation," he said.

CM Chouhan said that the concerned District Magistrates have assigned responsibility to the disaster teams in the affected areas. Citizens have been accommodated at a higher place where the waterlogging situation is being seen. Proper arrangements have been made for food and lodging of the people affected by excessive rains in the districts.

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