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
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
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.