Rajasthan Rains: Number Of Dead Rises To 16

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Rajasthan Rains: Number Of Dead Rises To 16

250 people were rescued by teams of Army, Air Force and the NDRF in Rajasthan today.


Jaipur:  Two more rain-related deaths were reported from Rajasthan's Jodhpur district today, taking the number of dead to 16 as about 250 people were rescued by teams of Army, Air Force and the NDRF in parts of the state hit by heavy rains over the last few days.

58-year-old Bulaki Das and his wife Kiran Devi had come from Bikaner for treatment at Jodhpur's MDM Hospital and were staying in a room in the basement of a nearby guest house. On Tuesday, following heavy rains in the city, water entered the basement and the couple drowned," District Collector VC Mallik said.

The family of the victims have in a complaint alleged negligence on the part of the guest house management. Its manager is at large, police said.

Joint teams of Army, National Disaster Response Force and police evacuated 216 people last night from a village in Sapotara area in Karauli district, while eight people were airlifted in Alwar today.

"A group of eight people, including three women, as many children and two men, was airlifted by an IAF helicopter and moved to Bansur town," defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha said.

In Sawai Madhopur district, 25 people were rescued and shifted to safer places. A column of army is also carrying out rescue efforts in the district. The situation in Chittorgarh and Bhilwara districts is improving, Relief Secretary Rohit Kumar said.

Incessant rains have also hit normal life in Jodhpur district, where army was deployed last night. Rivers in Jalore, Chittorgarh, Bhilwara and Pali districts are in spate following heavy rains.

Heavy to very heavy rains continued to pound Jaipur and Jodhpur districts today. Chittorgarh had 67 mm of precipitation. The weather department has warned of more rains in the state tomorrow. 
 


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