Rain kills nine in Vidarbha

Three people were swept away in Nagpur and six died in other parts of Vidarbha as rain lashed the region Tuesday and Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur | Updated: April 11, 2014 5:06 pm

Three people were swept away in Nagpur and six died in other parts of Vidarbha as rain lashed the region Tuesday and Wednesday. The met department forecast no respite.

Nagpur received 187.4 mm of rain Tuesday,a single-day June record. Average rainfall in the city between June 1 and 26 has been 177 mm.

A six-year-old boy died after falling in an overflowing manhole Tuesday night. Bicycle riders Atul Taywade (33) and Ram Tapas (48) were swept away in floodwaters in the eastern part of the city,chief fire officer Rajendra Uchke said.

Four,including two siblings,died in rural Nagpur,while two died in Chandrapur district.

Many low-lying areas in eastern parts of the city were inundated and water entered in basements of several apartments in west Nagpur.

Uchke said: “I have never seen such rain before. We evacuated 115 students from ICAD tuition classes in Bhande Plot and 150 students from St Xavier’s School in Wathoda. From a locality near Hudkeshwar Road,we moved 132 people to safety.”

Even the upmarket Ramdaspeth and Dhantoli were inundated.

“None of the apartments with basements in these areas has mandatory dewatering facilities. So we had to do the job for them,” Uchke said.

In Chandrapur district,a man was killed after his car was swept away near Majri village Wednesday while an old woman died when a wall of her house collapsed in Bhadrawati Tuesday.

Two siblings drowned at Bhiwapur in Nagpur district after falling into an under-construction toilet pit full of water when their parents were away. A person died in Nagpur tehsil while another was washed away in Umred.

Umred and Bhiwapur tehsils received over 200 mm of rain Tuesday,district collector Saurabh Rao said.

Over 700 families at Arni in Yavatmal district were affected by flooding,so were many villages in Bhandara district.

All 32 gates of Gosikhurd dam on the Wainganga river have been partly or fully opened.

Bhamragarh tehsil was cut off from rest of Gadchiroli district after receiving over 200 mm of rain Tuesday. Brahmapuri with over 143 mm of rain was another affected tehsil in Chandrapur.

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