Floods grips western Madhya Pradesh, three killed

Bhopal, Aug. 19 (PTI): The fury of floods gripped western Madhya Pradesh, throwing life out of gear today as three fresh casualties were reported from Ratlam, taking the death toll in rain-related incidents to 84.
Though rains abated in the eastern region, the western part of the state was pounded by heavy downpours, inundating low-lying areas in Mandsaur, Ujjain, Ratlam, Shajapur, Neemuch and Indore, officials said.
An 18-year-old youth, identified as Laxman, drowned in a canal near Sarvan village of Ratlam district, while a woman died in a wall collapse at Barkheda village, they said, adding that the body of a man swept away by gushing rain water was recovered near Pichwada village in the district.
Passengers of a bus trapped in a flooded rivulet were rescued by villagers near Sailana in Ratlam, officials said.
Three persons were saved by local residents at Basodia village after their jeep was washed away by strong currents of a canal.
Following incessant rains, 18 big and nine small gates of Gandhi Sagar dam in Mandsaur district were opened, flooding many villages and low-lying areas nearby, they said.
While volume of rainfall recorded in Mandsaur district was 171 mm since yesterday, it was 153 mm in Ujjain, 107 mm in Shajapur, 104 mm in Neemuch, 92 mm in Hoshangabad, 76 mm in Indore, 55 mm in Bhopal and 38 mm in Raisen.

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