Toll in rain related incidents rises to 26 ; CM reviews situation
As many as 26 people have so far died in rain related incidents in Rajasthan since Tuesday even as torrential rains overnight created flood like situation in some low-lying pockets/villages in Churu, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and some other districts.
Relief works in inundated/waterlogged areas in and around the state capital here continued on the second day today even as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reviewed the overall situation in excessive rains affected districts.
An official spokesman said seven districts Sikar,Churu, Jhunjhunu, Dausa, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur and Dholpur remained most affected of incessant rains during past 24 hours with Nawalgarh(Jhunjhunu)receiving very heavy downpour(35CMs)till this morning.
This disrupted normal life and also brought Ranoli river in spate in Sikar.
At least four houses collapsed in Nawalgarh while one haveli collapsed in Sikar killing two persons under the debris.
Twelve fresh deaths were reported overnight from Sikar(4), Mandal-Bhilwara(3), Bansur-Alwar(2), and Rajgarh(Churu), Bharatpur and Jhunjhunu(One death each), taking the total toll so far to 26.
Meanwhile, the rain gods gave a slight let up in Jaipur as only intermittent mild to moderate showers occurred since last night.
This facilitated administration to speed up relief works.
A large number of people from waterlogged localities have been shifted to safer places where the government agencies and social organisations have been providing food and other essential relief items.
Incessant rains on Tuesday and yesterday at many places, including Jaipur, Dausa, Sawai Madhopur had disrupted normal life and created flood like situation in several pockets.
In Jaipur alone, around 100 pockets/localities were inundated/ waterlogged and the people were evacuated to safer places.
Nine teams have been constituted to assess damages to properties due to rains.
Classes up to eighth standard remained suspended in schools in the district.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reviewed the situation of seven most affected districts and asked to Collectors of the concerned districts to ensure all necessary steps/ measures for instant relief to needy people.