Udaipur : Some 350 children and fifty teachers are forced to stay back in a private school in Bhainsroadgarh gram panchayat under Rawatbhata block of Chittorgarh district since Saturday afternoon due to the incessant rains and heavy outflow of water from two dams of the region. Due to heavy rains in Madhya Pradesh, the Gandhi Sagar dam received heavy inflow of water and the sluice gates were let open.
Heavy discharge of water from another dam at RanaPratap Sagar too lead to submergence of roads in the area and the entire village has been disconnected from all sides. The students who went to school on saturday could not go back home since as the roads are completely deluged.
“The children and staff are absolutely safe. Our ADM, four patwaris and other officials including the local SHO are stationed in the school to monitor the situation” Collector Shivangi Swarnakar told Udaipur Kiran. Over the criticism that the administration failed to rescue the stranded people even after 24 hours, the collector said that the people are not stranded at all, they are just disconnected for the time being.
“We have considered all the options to take them out however, our foremost priority is safety of the lives and it was not advisable that the children be transported through other way as all the roads have similar bridges with water flowing over them. Parents are in touch with the school management as well as the officials and they too have given consent to let the children stay in the school until the water recedes” the collector said. The officer informed that food, bedding and other arrangements have been made with the help of the villagers.
The school also has a second branch in the village and some of the students have been shifted there so that there is no problem of toilets. Meanwhile SDM RawatBhata Ram Gurjar said that the inflow of water level in the dams are gradually reducing and once the outflow comes down, necessary steps would be taken to transport the children safely to their homes.