India – Floods in Madhya Pradesh After 300mm of Rain, Rivers Overflow in Uttar Pradesh

Disaster authorities in India report flooding in the states of Madhya Pradesh over the last few days.

According to a report of 23 August by India’s National Emergency Response Centre, in a period 21 to 23 August 13 people died, 16 houses were destroyed and 754 damaged after flooding and heavy rainfall affected 46 villages across 17 districts. One person was injured and 1 is still missing.

The affected districts are: Dhar, Barwani, Khandwa, Burhanpur, Ujjain, Dewas, Ratlam, Shajapur, Satna, Shahdol, Sagar, Sehore, Raisen, Betul, Seoni, Mandla and Vidisha.

Flooding came after heavy rainfall that began around 21 August. In a 24 hour period to 22 August, Bhopal recorded 210 mm of rainfall, Indore 263 mm and Sehore 316 mm.

India’s Central Water Commission (CWC) said that the Parwati, Chambal, shipra, Mahi and Narmada all rose rapidly. The Chambal at Dhareri in Ujjain District rose by about 10 metres in 7 hours on 22 August. As of 23 August, CWC said 6 of the state’s reservoirs or barrages were receiving inflow higher than the threshold limit.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a meeting with state government officials at his residence on 22 August to discuss the flood situation across the state.

Meanwhile in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, flooding has affected over 1,000 villages in the 16 districts of Ambedkarnagar, Ayodhya, Azamgarh, Bahraich, Ballia, Barabanki, Basti, Deoria, Farrukhabad, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Lakhimpur Kheri, Mau, Santkabirnagar and Sitapur.

According to CWC, the Ghaghara and Ganges were flowing above the danger mark in at least 3 locations as of 23 August, with the Rapti, Ramganga and Gandak rivers above the warning mark several locations.

The state saw the first of this year’s monsoon flooding in July. By early August, 300,000 people had been affected. As of 23 August, National Emergency Response Centre said 836,268 people have been affected so far this monsoon, with around 7,000 affected from 21 to 23 August.

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