Cyclone Biparjoy: Heavy rains cause flood-like situation in Rajasthan, respite likely by Wednesday

Jaipur: Four people die in two separate rain-related incidents in Barmer and Rajsamand districts

BY | Monday, 19 June, 2023
NDRF rescuing people from Jalore district, Rajasthan on 18 June 2023

Around 30 people were rescued in Pali and Jalore districts and a government hospital in Ajmer was inundated as there was no let-up in rains in Rajasthan, officials said on Monday.

Parts of Rajasthan have been pounded by heavy to extremely heavy rainfall triggered by a depression, a remnant of Cyclone Biparjoy which made landfall in neighbouring Gujarat on June 15 and left behind a trail of destruction.

The depression has now moved towards eastern parts of the desert from central and western parts, according to meteorological department officials.

A flood-like situation prevails in Jalore, Sirohi, Barmer and Pali districts that have been lashed by extremely heavy rainfall for two days, leaving many areas inundated and cutting off connectivity to several villages, the officials said.

Water also entered many houses in low-lying areas.

Disaster Management and Relief Department secretary P C Kishan said around 30 people were rescued from different places in Pali and Jalore on Sunday night.

In Ajmer, rainwater entered JLN Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

JLN Hospital Superintendent Dr Neeraj said water entered the orthopaedic ward of the hospital and 18 patients admitted there were shifted to two other wards.

“The water entered the hospital corridors and the orthopaedic ward. This happens when there is heavy rainfall in the area. The water has been cleared but the patients have not been shifted back to the ward yet. They are being treated in the other wards,” he said.

Earlier on Sunday, the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) rescued 39 people from the flood-affected Od Basti in Jalore’s Bhinmal town.

The meteorological department has issued a warning of extremely heavy rainfall in Tonk, Bundi and Sawai Madhopur districts and a heavy to very heavy rainfall warning in Jaipur, Pali, Bhilwara and Chittorgarh on Monday.

A meteorological department official said the depression is further weakening to a low pressure area and its impact in Rajasthan will be over by Wednesday.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot spoke to the district collectors of Jalore, Sirohi, Barmer and Pali during the day. The situation is under control and continuous monitoring is being done, officials said.

Police said four people, including a woman, were killed in two separate rain-related incidents in Barmer and Rajsamand districts.

Barmer’s Sevda police station officer Hansaram said two minor brothers drowned in the pond in Gangasara village on Sunday morning. The bodies were fished out and handed over to their family members after post-mortem examination.

The Rajsamand police control room said Premsingh Rajput (45) died due to land sliding in Baghota village and Lali Bai (48) died after the balcony of a house fell on her in a village under the Kelwa police station area.

Rajasthan Disaster and Relief Secretary P C Kishan said, “There is also an alert for heavy rains in the next 15-20 hours. Our teams are on alert.”

He said several dams in Pindwara, Abu Road and Rewar are now full. The water level of Batisa Dam in Sirohi is 315 metres and water are being released from the dam.

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