Weather Forecast Today LIVE Updates: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday issued an ‘orange’ alert on the fourth consecutive day forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall in 13 districts of Madhya Pradesh. The alert is valid till Tuesday morning and comes at a time when most parts of the state have been experiencing rain for the past four days.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to the floods in Maharashtra has risen to 164 while at least 100 people are still reported to be missing, the state government said on Monday.
The orange alert is for heavy to very heavy rainfall and thunderstorms accompanied by lightning in isolated places in Gwalior, Shivpuri, Guna, Ashok Nagar, Datia, Sheopur, Morena, Bhind, Rajgarh, Agar-Malwa, Neemuch, Mandsaur and Tikamgarh, said PK Saha, senior meteorologist with IMD’s Bhopal office.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar toured various rain-hit villages in Sangli district on Monday and used a rescue boat to reach out to flood victims in some areas. Pawar also interacted with the flood-affected people and assured them of rehabilitation and all help from the state government.
Meanwhile, Raigad DM Nidhi Choudhari said that rescue operation at the landslide-hit Taliye village in the district have officially ended, news agency ANI reported. “A total of 53 bodies have been recovered from the landslide site in Taliye village in Raigad. 31 were declared dead after it was decided to close the operation today. 5 were injured who are being treated in the hospital,” she added.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Sunday said that a relief package will be announced soon — and a separate force on the lines of the NDRF will be set up in vulnerable districts to ensure a quicker response during natural disasters.
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting at Chiplun in Raigad district, Thackeray said: “The government will do everything to make them (those affected) stand on their feet. The assistance such as food, clothes, medicines and others will be provided to flood-affected people immediately. The district administration has been instructed that technical issues should not come in the way of providing assistance.”