According to government officials, at least 200 people have been killed and more than 10,000 homes damaged in the state of Madhya Pradesh as of Monday, September 16, following heavy rain and associated flooding. The inclement weather has affected 33 districts across the state.
In the districts of Mandsaur and Neemuch, 46,000 people were evacuated on Sunday, September 15. Around 32,000 families located between the Indira Sagar and Sardar Sarovar dams in Khandwa and Narmada districts are still at risk due to rising water levels. Personnel from the State and National Disaster Response Force (SDRF/NDRF) has been deployed to the flooded areas.
Additional rain and associated flooding are likely in the affected areas in the coming days. Associated business and transportation disruptions are likely.
Heavy rain and flooding are relatively common during the summer monsoon, which usually hits India from July to September.
Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate adverse weather and power and transportation disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.
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