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Chhattisgarh floods claim three lives, 700 villages marooned

RAIPUR: With one more person being washed away in an overflowing drain in Janjgir district on Wednesday, the death toll in the raging floods in Chhattisgarh reached three. As 700 villages remain marooned in the districts of Gariyaband, Mahasamund, Kanker, Bastar, Janjgir, and Bemetara, evacuations have been carried out in several low lying areas to ensure the safety of the people.

While there has been some respite from the rains in the past 24 hours, the over 350 mm of rains in two days (Monday and Tuesday) has caused havoc in the affected districts. Majority of the rivers in the state - Sodur, Pari, Jonk, Tale, Indravati, Mahanadi, Shivnath and Doodh - continue to be in spate with waters flowing above the danger marks. Water level in most of the dams in the state continues to be at critical levels.

In Janjgir district, nearly 200 people have been evacuated from Shivrinarian and Chandrapur areas and shifted to community centres, as water from the Mahanadi River inundated their homes. According to district collector, OP Choudhary, the administration is on a high alert as water level in Mahanadi was at least five feet above the danger mark.

Choudhary said connectivity of several inundated villages had been cut off to Raigarh and Sarangarh. He said due to blockage in Shivrinarain Sabri Setu, connectivity between Raipur and Balodabazar was also cut off.

The collector confirmed the death of a middle-aged man, who was washed away in the Dhanuar Nala. Water had entered several localities and even the hospital and the bus stand near the Nagar Panchayat at Shivrinarain area was flooded.

In Bemetara district release of over 80,000 cusecs of water from the Mogra dam in Rajnandgaon resulted in flooding of several low-lying areas in the district. Collector, B Raju, said that water was flowing over 4 feet above the danger mark at Simga bridge. He said several parts of the districts were cut off from Raipur and Jabalpur due to flooded roads.

He said the water level in Shivnath river water was still above the danger mark.

With not much rains in the past 24 hours, the situation in the other affected districts of Gariyaband, Mahasamund, Kanker and Bastar remained under control. Though hundreds of villages still remain marooned, the respite from rains has prevented the situation from going from bad to worse.

According to officials these districts still remain on an alert and efforts were on to move people from low-lying areas to safer locations.

While the state has so far recorded 516.7 MM of rains since June 1, over 444 mm of downpour has been received in the past 72 hours. The met department forecasting light to moderate rains at few places in the state due to monsoon trough.