The Indian army has deputed its flood relief columns of the Sapta Shakti Command in the Kota and Jhalawar districts of Rajasthan following heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday.
One column each has been deputed in Kota and Jhalawar districts, according to Col Sombit Ghosh, PRO, Defence Rajasthan. The army has been kept as standby in the Dholpur and Sawai Madhopur districts.
On Sunday, the Meteorological Department declared a red alert in Baran, Chittaurgarh, Kota and Jhalwar for the subsequent 24 hours. Red alert signifies that action should be taken immediately, and vigil should be maintained in and around the area with reference to heavy rainfall.
A heavy rainfall warning was also issued in Bhilwara, Udaipur, Chittorgarh, Rajasmand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, Sirohi, Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur and Dholpur districts on Sunday for the following 24 hours.
According to met officials, Gangdhar in the Jhalawar district recorded the highest amount of rainfall at 22 cm on September 14-15, followed by Durg in same district at 19 cm. The Pratapgarh district recorded 16 cm rainfall in these two days. Many areas of Banswara reported around 8-9 cm rainfall.
Local officials revealed that a swollen Chambal river created islands in many villages, and the NDRF and the SDRF teams are engaged in rescue and relief operations of the villagers.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had called a meeting to review the situation on Saturday, and issued directions for quick relief in flood-affected areas.