Army called in to rescue people from flood-hit areas

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The NDRF team airlifting a man marooned in the flood waters in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh.

Bhopal: Following heavy rain, Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday called in the Army to rescue people from flood-hit Hoshangabad areas. Torrential rain had inundated several areas in the district. Meanwhile, the Narmada River has been flowing above danger mark.

According to Hoshangabad divisional commissioner Rajnish Shrivastava, two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed in the district. And, two more teams would be deployed soon. Moreover, the government has sought the services of the Army to help the district administration. It will be reaching the region soon, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will carry out an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas. He will also visit the hail-hit places along the Narmada River in Sehore and Hoshangabad districts, the CMO said.

Man who spent a day on tree amid floods airlifted

Meanwhile, the NDRF team airlifted a man, who was trapped for over 24 hours in the waters released from a dam in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district. The man had spent the night on a tree after the water level in the Pench River rose sharply.

According to sources, Madhu Kahar of Belkheda village had gone fishing with his friends. The authorities have opened the gates of the Machagora dam after intense rainfall and Kahar was marooned on an island. However, his friends managed to escape.

Large parts of Madhya Pradesh have been experiencing heavy rainfall since last week. Meanwhile, IMD had issued red alert for extremely heavy rainfall in Narsinghpur, Chhindwara, Seoni, Balaghat, Betul and Hoshangabad.

The IMD has also issued an orange alert for 10 districts, including Jabalpur.

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