Man, daughter swept away in raging Mahanadi River in Mahasamund
RAIPUR: A man and his minor daughter were feared
washed away in the raging Mahanadi River near Jok Bridge in Mahasamund on Wednesday,
as flood situation worsened in districts of Mahasamund, Bilaspur, Janjgir,
Raigarh and Balod due to incessant rains in Chhattisgarh in the past 48 hours.
Thousands of people have been evacuated to safe areas.
Nearly 700 villages in these districts have been reportedly marooned.
The accident at Jok Bridge, 90 kms from district
headquarters, occurred in the morning when two motorbikes coming from opposite
directions collided. Eyewitnesses claimed that a child, who was riding pillion
to his father, slipped and fell into the water due to the impact of the
collision and was swept away.
In a bid to save her, the father also jumped into the
raging waters and both of them were washed away. Their identities were not
known immediately. Confirming the incident, Mahasamund additional collector,
Onkar Yadu said efforts were on to trace the father-daughter duo and it was
still not confirmed whether they were dead or alive.
He said the water level in Mahanadi had risen due to
continuous rains and release of water from Gangrel dam and residents staying in
low-lying areas had been alerted.
Janjgir collector, OP Choudhary said the situation had
worsened in some areas. He said connectivity between Raipur and Janjgir via
Shivri Narayan and Raigarh-Sarangarh-Chandrapur-Raipur had been cut off. The
administration had made arrangements of speedboats to deal with any emergency.
Bilaspur collector Siddharth Komal Pardeshi, said, “We
have shifted 50 families from Mastoori block. Connectivity in some areas lost
due to landslide and water-logging was reported in several areas. However the
situation is well under control.”
Raigarh collector, Mukesh Bansal said that nearly 15
villages were flooded and almost 3000 people have been shifted to relief camps.
He said due to release of water from Gangrel and Hasdeo Dams water level has
increased in Mahanadi.
Additional collector, Durg, KK Agarwal, said many
villages had been disconnected from the district headquarter due to flooding.
He said besides rains, release of water from dams had led to rise in water
levels in the rivers. He said over 100 people have been shifted to camps.
RP Jain, Commissioner, Bastar division, said though
the situation is under control, water level in Indrawati River had crossed the
danger mark in the morning.
Even in Raipur, rains threw life out of gear, as
several low-lying areas were flooded. Water entered the Naya Para are, forcing
evacuation of over 200 people to makeshift camps. Talking to TOI, Thakur Ram
Singh, Collector Raipur, said primarily the low lying areas in the city had
borne the brunt of the heavy rainfall.