2 people die as heavy rain leads to flooding in parts of Rajasthan, schools closed

A couple died as heavy rains and the subsequent discharge of excess water from dams caused a flood-like situation in parts of Rajasthan’s Kota and Jhalawar districts and surrounding areas, officials said on Monday.

Thousands of people were evacuated from low-lying areas across districts, they said.

In Kota, Jhalawar and Bundi, the administration declared a public and private school holiday on Tuesday. Schools were also closed on Monday.

Kota was the most affected among the three districts.

In Mandawara village, Tonk district, a 40-year-old woman, Samodara Meena, slipped into a flooded sewer behind her house. Her husband Babu Lal Meena, 45, jumped down the drain to rescue her but they both died, Uniyara Deputy Superintendent of Police Khalil Ahmed said.

In Kota, around 3,500 people were moved from low-lying areas to safer places and temporary shelters as the areas were submerged following the rains and water spillage from the Kota Dam.

“As many as 1,500 people have been moved to safer locations from low areas of Kota. School buildings are being used as temporary shelters,” Kota District Collector OP Bunkar said.

State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have also been called into service, he said.

Earlier in the day, Bunka visited low-lying areas including Nayapura Kacchi Basit and Balita road and asked officials to make all necessary arrangements in view of the heavy rains and water spilling from the dam. from Kota.

Water inflow into Kota Dam on Chambal River has increased due to rainfall in the catchment area of ​​Rana Pratap Sagar Dam (Chittorgarh) and Jawahar Sagar Dam (Kota), an official said. Kota District Administration.

According to the official, 14 of the 19 gates of the dam have been opened so far.

Nearly 3.83 lakh cusecs of water was released from the dam. Authorities plan to release 5.75 lakh cusecs, the official said.

Alerts were triggered before the dam gates opened. After the water was released, several low areas were submerged, he said.

Water also entered houses in Talwandi, Purana Kota, Bajrang Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Station Road and Balaji Nagar areas and people found it difficult to move, he said.

A seven-foot-long crocodile entered a residential area in Pragati Nagar, causing panic among residents. The reptile was later rescued, officials said.

Schools and training centers were closed in Kota and Bundi on Monday. Schools will also remain closed on Tuesday, they said.

In Jhalawar, 2.8 lakh cusecs of water were released from the Kalisindh dam and 25,200 cusecs from the Bhim Sagar dam, they said.

Extremely heavy rains were recorded in isolated areas in Kota and Jhalawar during the 24-hour period which ended at 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to the meteorological service.

Dag in Jhalawar recorded the highest rainfall with 234mm followed by 224mm in Kota town during this period, the meteorological service said.

On Monday, Kota recorded 24.7mm of rainfall, Anta in Baran 25.5mm, Bundi 24.4mm and Chittorgarh 24mm. Several other regions recorded less than 24 mm of precipitation.

Many areas of Bundi, Baran, Chittorgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Dausa and Karauli also recorded heavy to very heavy rainfall.

The meteorological service forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated locations in Banswara and Dungarpur, and heavy rain in isolated locations in Bhilwara and Chittorgarh over the next 24 hours.

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