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Heavy rain throws normal life out of gear in cyclone hit Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Normal life was thrown out of gear in most parts of Chhattisgarh on Monday as heavy rains lashed the state with the cyclonic storm, Hudhud, reaching here. The met department has predicted heavy downpour in the next 24 hours and has issued a warning.

Though no loss of life or major damage to property was reported, gusty winds and heavy rains led to cancelation of several flights to Raipur. Even Chief Minister, Dr Raman Singh, had to cancel his travel to Raipur by chopper this morning as the air traffic control refused permission for landing.

At 7 PM, the cyclonic storm was said to be 50 kms away from Raipur, which has been witnessing incessant rains for the last 24 hours. Till the filing of the report, the state had received an average of 130 MM rainfall and the water level had increased in Shabri River in Konta. However, the situation was reported to be normal.

The Southern parts of Chhattisgarh witnessed heavy rains, accompanied by gusty winds, for the second day on Monday morning with Sukma recording a downpour of 165.3 mm. Light to heavy rains was also witnessed in other parts of the state including Bhairamgarh (126 mm) followed by Tongpal (93.2mm), Bastar (92mm), Jagdalpur (78.5mm) and Raipur (24.2 mm).

In Raipur, three flights were cancelled. including two jet airways flights that were scheduled in the evening for Mumbai and Delhi. Air India flight from Mumbai-Raipur-Vizag-Mumbai was also cancelled. The Jet flight which was coming to Raipur from Mumbai in the morning was also delayed for 2 hours due to operational reason and later was diverted to Nagpur and then Mumbai due to bad weather.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, who could not land in the morning in Raipur, was forced to cancel his visit to Korba district, which too has been witnessing heavy rainfalls along with the districts of Bastar, Jagdalpur and Sukma since last night. The Chief Minister was slated to visit Korba to inaugurate various developmental projects worth Rs 160-crore.

In Raipur, the incessant rains, which caused widespread power failures and water logging, led to sharp decline in the day temperature. The maximum temperature recorded in the city on Monday was recorded 25 degrees C, almost 8 degree below normal. The Minimum temperature was recorded at 23.6 degrees C.