The Gwalior-Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh has been reeling under floods following heavy rainfall on Tuesday, which led to as many as 1,171 villages being affected in the inundation. The Met department has sounded a red alert for Shivpuri, Sheopur, Guna and two other districts, besides orange alert for nine and yellow alert for other eight districts.
Two bridges over a river washed away in the flood fury on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district after water was released from an overflowing dam. In a terrifying video, one of the bridges can be seen crashing down in the river below due to the strong force of the water gushing out of the Manikheda dam. “10 gates of Manikheda Dam have been opened, and the affected villages were alerted,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed earlier in the day. These bridges are among the three connecting the district to Gwalior, a major city in Madhya Pradesh. The Gwalior-Chambal region has been the worst-hit in the torrential rain pounding the state. Several teams of Air Force have been carrying out rescue operations in the flood-hit districts of the region. Most of these areas are located in the Sheopur and Shivpuri districts, news agencies reporting citing officials with the matter.
Meanwhile, the Indian Army is participating in the rescue effort to aid disaster management officials at the state disaster response force (SDRF) and the national disaster response force (NDRF), already engaged in the relief operation. The flooding in the Shivpuri and Sheopur districts of Madhya Pradesh is due to an “unprecedented” 800mm rainfall in the past 24 hours, the state’s chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said while speaking to reporters earlier on Tuesday.