Raipur: Flash floods caused by heavy
torrential rains in Naxal-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh
has hit over 9,000 people in the region rendering scores of
them homeless, official sources said on Saturday.
About 91 marooned persons were airlifted and rescued by
helicopters and motorboats in Nadibodna area and shifted to
relief camps in Nagarnar, after continuous downpour since last
three days in Bastar and nearby areas.
Flooding in several villages threw life out of gear and
many highways in Bastar region have been cut off due to
rains, they said.
Rescue teams comprising local divers, home guard jawans
and police personnel have been deployed in the area for
immediate relief operations, food supply and medical aid to
affected people, sources said.
Indravati and other adjoining rivers in the district were
flowing close to their warning levels while several other
tributaries were filling up fast due to continuous showers.
The overflowing Narangi river in Bastar caused flash
floods in Palabahar, Badeamabal, Kohkasiwani, several villages
like Tarapur, Baniyagaoan, Belgaon, Ulnar, Kohkapal, Malgaon,
Talnar in Bakawand division besides Takarguda, Badanji,
Kumhali, Benidharaur, Chandela and Kakner villages in
In Jagdalpur, many areas like Dhanpunji, Nagarnar,
Bhejapadar, Nadibodna, Upanpal, Dhongaghat were affected as
rains lashed the rivers up north.
Bastar Collector M M Paraste said tloods and heavy
rains have affected 9,000 people in these areas while one
person was killed in Kondagaon, when he was washed away due to
Several livestock deaths were reported from these areas.
Also round the clock flood alert groups have been set in
district headquarters and tehsils to keep a check on the
situation, Paraste said.