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Rain and floods claim 15 lives, cause destruction in Madhya Pradesh

The authorities have enlisted the help of the Army and called for helicopters to be used for rescuing people marooned by floods

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BHOPAL, August 20, 2016: Since Friday, fifteen people have died across Madhya Pradesh in the devastation caused by three days of continuous rain and resulting floods, including building collapses in Sagar and Satna districts, officials said on Saturday.

The authorities have enlisted the help of the Army and called for helicopters to be used for rescuing people marooned by floods.

Seven members of an artisan’s family died and three were seriously injured early on Saturday in Baniyani Ghat area of Rahatgarh in Sagar district when their house collapsed due to continuous rain, police said.

The collapse resulted in the death of Manu Rani (55), Vikas (18), Vipin (13), Sanjana (10), Kallu (30), Sarla (25) and Tamanna, who was one-and-a-half-years old.

The three injured are in a serious condition in a hospital.

In Maihar town in Satna district, a newly built, three-storey building with construction workers’ families living in it collapsed amid heavy rain on Saturday, burying many people under the rubble, police said.

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Four people have so far been pulled out of the rubble; many more are feared trapped and efforts are being made to rescue them, the police said.

The building was constructed by Madhya Pradesh Housing Board, a state government agency.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met reporters here and discussed the situation brought about by the rain and floods.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

He confirmed the incident in Satna and said a rescue and relief operation was underway.

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Rescue operations are also underway elsewhere in Satna, Rewa, Panna and other districts to save people trapped by floods, Chouhan said.

The government has also been setting up relief camps in safer places for people in flood-hit areas to find shelter in, he said. (IANS)

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has reorganised ministries to strengthen service delivery. Several functions that have been in Uhuru’s office such as Presidential Delivery Unity, Budget & Policy Strategy and Kenya South Sudan Liaison Services have been moved to other various ministries.In an executive order made on Friday, Uhuru merged the Interior and Immigration departments.The State Department for Interior and Citizen Services will be domiciled within the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of national government.The Irrigation docket was moved from the Agriculture Ministry to the Water Ministry. government

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The function of national cohesion has also been moved to the Interior ministry.

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