MP rains: Death toll surges to 22, over three lakh affected

The death toll surged to 22 in Madhya Pradesh as normal life remained out of gear following heavy rains in most parts of the state on Monday. Over three lakh people have been affected by the natural calamity till now.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a meeting of Disaster Management on Monday. The CM was told by officers that over three lakh have been impacted by the recent incessant rain spell spread across 21 districts.
In Bhopal alone, around 80,000 are affected by the heavy rain. Besides, choppers are used for evacuating people stranded in rain water in Parasia in Chhindwara district.
Over 7,500 people stranded in the flood-affected areas have been shifted to safer places. Around 25,000 houses are completely damaged and 18,000 houses are partially damaged.
“A total 1,450 people have been rescued in the past 24 hours,” said government spokesperson.
Finance minister Jayant Kumar Malaiya said that officers guilty of sub standard construction of bridges which caved in Panna recently, would be punished while the contractors would be made to bear the cost of rebuilding the damaged dams.
Meanwhile, the search for the second person who went missing after a car fell down in river at Indore-Khandwa road on Sunday night is still on.