In the devastating MP floods, over 1200 villages have been left marooned. On the flipside, as many as 1,600 people have already been rescued with the Army and Air Force already pressed in action. As the monsoon continues to evolve, several parts of India have been witnessing flashfloods, landslides and lightning breakouts. This has led to loss of lives and significant destruction of property.
Madhya Pradesh | National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conducts conducts rescue operation in flood-affected Barua village in Dabra tehsil of Gwalior district pic.twitter.com/qkBjNR1xos
— ANI (@ANI) August 3, 2021
The entire state of Madhya Pradesh is experiencing heavy torrential rains which has led to surge in the state’s rivers and dams have been witnessing overflowing levels of water. The region that’s most drastically affected by the rainfall is the Gwalior-Chambal belt where over 1100 villages in the surrounding 6 districts have been affected. According to reports, over 200 of them are badly affected and 22 have been completely marooned.
NDRF, SDRF, Army, Air Force All Called In
After the devastating floods, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the NDRF and SDRF personnel have initiated the search and rescue operations. Calling the situation ‘grim’, the Chief Minister announced that the Indian Army and Air Force too have been aiding the relief forces.
“The flood situation in North Madhya Pradesh is grim. 1,225 villages in Shivpuri, Sheopur, Datia, Gwalior, Guna, Bhind and Morena districts are affected. Teams of SDRF, NDRF, and BSF have succeeded in evacuating about 5,950 people safely from 240 villages,”
-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was quoted by news reports.
Air Force Choppers Brought in
Currently, NDRF teams are engaged in search and rescue operation in regions near Gwalior while 2 teams are engaged in the same work in Shivpuri. Further, 4 teams of the Indian Army are rescuing people in the Shivpuri, Gwalior, Datia and Sheopur regions and Air Force helicopters are airlifting the stranded victims of the floods.
#HADROps#ShivpuriFloodRelief #IAF inducted 05 helicopters at Gwalior to assist in flood relief efforts at Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh where villages have been inundated due floods. Evacuation of 10 people was undertaken today by an Advanced Light Helicopter. pic.twitter.com/flWaEI55Zo
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) August 2, 2021
Bridge Swept Away in Datia
Due to the fury of the monsoon, a bridge over a river in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia was washed away. The incident was reported after water in heavy flow came pouring out from an overflowing dam. The ordeal was also caught in a video where a bridge can be seen trying to fight the force of water and then eventually breaks down and is washed away due to the water’s strong force.
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Scary! Bridge connecting Datia to Ratangarh temple washed away, in flood fury following release of water from Manikheda Dam. Same bridge where in 2013 stampede had killed over 115 devotees @ndtvindia @ndtv @GargiRawat @manishndtv @alok_pandey pic.twitter.com/YTWoq0gr6o
— Anurag Dwary (@Anurag_Dwary) August 3, 2021
PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah Assures Assistance from Centre
Amid the treacherous and incessant rainfall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to share that the Centre is working with the Madhya Pradesh state administration to give relief to those affected and how he called CM Chouhan and has taken a review of the situation.
“The Central Government is working closely with the Madhya Pradesh Government to assist those affected by heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of the state. I have spoken to CM @ChouhanShivraj and reviewed the situation. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” PM Modi wrote.
The Central Government is working closely with the Madhya Pradesh Government to assist those affected by heavy rainfall and flooding in parts of the state. I have spoken to CM @ChouhanShivraj and reviewed the situation. I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 4, 2021
Union Home Minister Amit Shah too took to Twitter and wrote, “Regarding the floods caused by heavy rains and rise in water level of rivers in some parts of Madhya Pradesh, I have talked to Shivraj Ji and inquired about the situation. The state is being given full help for relief work from the center. In this difficult time, the Modi government is standing with the people of the state.”
मध्यप्रदेश के कुछ भागों में तेज बारिश व नदियों का जलस्तर बढ़ने से आयी बाढ़ के संबंध में मैंने श्री @chouhanshivraj जी से बात कर स्थिति की जानकारी ली। केंद्र की ओर से प्रदेश को राहत कार्यों के लिए पूरी मदद दी जा रही। इस कठिन घड़ी में मोदी सरकार प्रदेश की जनता के साथ खड़ी है।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 4, 2021