Madhya Pradesh Flood/ Heavy monsoon rains continue; Mortakka Bridge on river Narmada on Indore-Ichapur highway closed, bike in Neemuch washed away

Bhopal: Rainfall continues in MP in September as well. Most of the Malwa-Nimar rivers are in spate due to heavy rains. The water level of Narmada is constantly increasing. 

The Mortakka Bridge on the Narmada River on the Indore-Ichapur highway was closed on Sunday night due to continuous water release from Bargi, Tawa, Indira Sagar, and Omkareshwar dams. Traffic was stopped on Sunday night. It will be opened only after monitoring the conditions. Till then, vehicles passing through Indore will go via Deshgaon to Bhikgaon-Khalghat. At the same time, in Rampura in Neemuch district, a bike and handcart were washed away in Neemuch after 2 hours of torrential rains.

Traffic on Mortakka Bridge was closed.

18 gates opened up to 2.5 meters; ashram and temple evacuated

The Omkareshwar Dam Management has opened 18 gates up to two-and-half meters, releasing 16,000 cumecs per second. Due to this, the water level on the Narmada Ghats in the lower region of Mortakka is increasing rapidly. Punasa SDM Mamta Khede reached Morattka at 8 pm as soon as the information was received. She instructed the ashrams and temples on the banks of Narmada to be evacuated immediately. The electricity supply of the area was also closed so that the current could not spread. She instructed the patwari and home guard jawans to remain alert on the spot.

Indira Sagar Dam: For the first time in season, 12 gates opened up to 4.5 meters

Due to the continuous release of water from Bargi and Tawa Dam, water is being released by opening the gates of Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar Dam. For the first time in this season, 12 gates of Indira Sagar Dam were opened up to four-and-half meters releasing 13000 cumecs (cubic meter per second) water. While 1840 cumecs of water is being released by operating eight turbines. According to Indira Sagar Project Chief Anurag Seth, Sunday, September 8 was the 24th day of keeping the gates open. In 2013, there is a record of releasing water by opening gates for about 53 days.

Indira Sagar Dam: 12 gates opened for the first time in the season.

Khandwa among districts with above average rainfall: Khandwa is also included in the districts with 20 to 59 percent more rainfall than the average in the state. Khandwa district has received a total of 36.29 inches of rain till Sunday 8 September, while the average rainfall in the district is 32 inches. 

Above average rainfall in four districts of Nimar: Burhanpur, Khargone and Barwani districts of Nimar besides Khandwa have received above average rainfall. According to Meteorological Department Bhopal, all these four districts have been categorized as districts with more than 20 or 59 percent rainfall.

Conditions of heavy rains in Rampura of Neemuch worsen: In Neemuch district, heavy rains started on Sunday and continued on Monday. Rivers and streams are in spate. On Sunday, after the torrential rains in Rampura tehsil for 2 hours, the city became waterlogged. Many low-lying localities were inundated including Lalbagh, Bada Bazaar, Purani Sabzi Mandi, Kushalpura, Madar Bad etc, Water flowing through the roads also washed away a handcart and a bike.