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Monsoon rain: 80 dead, 55 injured in Rajasthan till date

Most deaths have been recorded in Bundi (16), followed by state capital Jaipur (15). As many as eight persons have died in Tonk, followed by six in Kota, and four in Sawai Madhopur. Nineteen other districts have recorded 1-3 deaths.

Written by Hamza Khan | Bhopal |
Updated: August 8, 2021 7:38:21 am
SDRF personnel conduct a rescue operation in Kota’s Sangod, on Saturday. (Express)

As many as 80 persons have died and 55 injured so far following heavy monsoon rain in Rajasthan.

Most deaths have been recorded in Bundi (16), followed by state capital Jaipur (15). As many as eight persons have died in Tonk, followed by six in Kota, and four in Sawai Madhopur. Nineteen other districts have recorded 1-3 deaths. Most of the deaths in Jaipur were reported after lightning struck a watch tower near Amer Fort last month, which had led to the death of at least 11 persons.

Additionally, at least 125 animals have died so far. The details were shared by government officials during a presentation before Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at a meeting of the Disaster Management and Relief Department (DMRD) on Saturday. The CM also announced a sum of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh to those injured.

Meanwhile, over 150 persons were rescued in Kota’s Sangod on Saturday even as Army personnel joined rescue operations in Hadoti region. Among those rescued were teachers and students stuck at a residential school. The opening of gates of Bhimsagar dam had led to flooding in some villages, prompting rescue work.

SDRF Commandant Pankaj Choudhary said that SDRF personnel undertaking rescue operations in Gelana and Lalawata villages were informed of teachers and students stuck at a residential school in Heengi village in Kota’s Sangod area. Choudhary said that 28 teachers and students were stuck at the residential school, and that the rescue teams reached near the spot around 2:30 am on Saturday. Rescue operations began at 6 am and ended at 11 am, with the students being rescued one by one with the help of life jackets and boats.

Over the past four days, SDRF and other agencies have rescued over a thousand persons, mainly from the Hadoti region, which is reeling under heavy rainfall.

Normally, till August 6, the state receives 291.49 mm of rainfall but this year the state has received 327.21 mm rainfall so far, which is 12.3 per cent more. Baran, Bundi, Kota and Sawai Madhopur districts have all received more than 60 per cent rainfall so far. Lok Sabha Speaker and Kota MP Om Birla also undertook an aerial survey of the affected areas in the day.

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