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Flood-like situation in eastern Rajasthan, hundreds moved out

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Jaipur: Hundreds of people have been evacuated to safer places in eastern Rajasthan after heavy rainfall over the past two days led to a flood-like situation in the region and severed road connectivity to many areas.

Incessant rainfall lashed Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli districts inundating several areas.

Bharatpur District Collector Laxminarayan Soni said: “Flood-like situation affected normal life in the district and nearly 400 people have been shifted to shelters. Army was called in for rescue work on Friday but was sent back last night as the situation improved.”

He said many areas and villages were water-logged but the water level has been gradually reducing.

Dholpur collector Suchi Tyagi said two officers of the army on Monday reviewed the situation.

“Several villages have been cut off by roads and remain inundated. Policemen have been deployed to prevent people from crossing roads or bridges where water-level is high,” she said.

The areas received light rain since last night, but the Met department issued a warning for heavy rains on Monday.

Tyagi said all arrangements for relief and rescue were in place.

Schools in Karauli district have been shut.

“More than 300 people are staying at five-six temporary shelters. Arrangements for food and medicines have been made,” an official overseeing the relief work said, asserting all people in the district were safe.

A 35-member National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team was camping in Karauli for relief and rescue.

Rajasthan has received excess rainfall so far this season. Against a normal rainfall of 149.85 mm from June 1 to July 17, the state recorded 222.99 mm rainfall, a jump of 48.81%.

Twelve districts – Alwar, Baran, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Churu, Dausa, Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu, Karauli, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur and Sikar – have received abnormal rainfall (60%or more). Eleven, including Ajmer, Jaipur, Kota and Udaipur, received excess rains (20% to 59%).

Despite this, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Sirohi have had deficit rains while Barmer, Jalore and Sri Ganganagar have had scanty rainfall so far.

Remaining four districts-Banswara, Nagaur, Pali and Pratapgarh have recorded normal rainfall this monsoon.

Of the 822 dams in Rajasthan, 36 were fully filled and 391 were partially filled, while 395 are empty, according to water resources department.

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