Udaipur : Several parts of Udaipur division including Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh have been recording heavy rains for past two days. Highest rainfall in the division was recorded at Begu in Chittorgarh district at 302 mm, followed by Nagaliya in Pratapgarh at 220. An elderly couple died after their mud house collapsed on friday morning in Berakatra village of Nayawas gram panchayat in Kotra tehsil of Udaipur district.
Meethiya (62) and his wife Dhapu (55) were caught inside the debris as the kutcha house fell, a rescue team pulled out their bodies hours later, sources informed. In Banswara, a major casualty was averted after gallery of a government school building collapsed due to heavy rainfall in the area. A portion of the building collapsed at Ahiapada government primary school in Jhaulana sub block on friday morning. Fortunately, all of the students were in their classes and no one was standing in the verandah, sources claimed. One of the teacher had a narrow escape due to the collapse.
After the prediction for heavy rainfall, holiday was declared for students of government and private schools on Friday in Chittorgarh and Rajsamand by their respective district collectors. In Chittorgarh, several colonies were marooned and streets were submerged in the rain water. Collector Shivangi Swarnakar visited various parts of the city to assess the flood like situation caused by the heavy downpour. Water had entered many homes in Gandhinagar kachhi basti, railway colony and other low lying areas.
With around 3 inches of rain in Udaipur city and heavy downpour in the catchment area, most of the reservoirs have started receiving good inflow of water from the rivers and streams. The rainfed Sisarma river ran at eight and a half feet by Friday afternoon and the water flowed into Pichhola lake thereby increasing the level to 7 feet. The water level at Madar dam was gauged at 14 feet against its holding capacity of 24 feet and after the reservoir is full, its water would be released to FatehSagar lake, officials of the water resources department said.
In Rajsamand, RamDarbar dam overflowed while Bagheri dam received 7 feet water in eight hours, the water level was gauged at 20 feet and it is expected to overflow past midnight since heavy downpour continued till late evening. The major water body Jakham dam in Pratapgarh district too overflowed on Friday morning after heavy rainfall in past two days. The Vajpura-Dhariwad route adjoining the Jhakam dam was closed and cut off from the rest of the villages as water overflowed on the road.