Torrential downpours caused by the remnants of Cyclone Biparjoy have wreaked havoc in several districts of Rajasthan, resulting in massive floods and loss of life. As rescue operations continue, authorities are grappling with the aftermath of the heavy rainfall, with thousands of people displaced and significant damage to infrastructure reported. Read more about the devastation caused by cyclone Biparjoy triggering massive floods in Rajasthan, in this article.
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Rising Toll and Rescue Operations
Seven lives have been tragically lost in rain-related incidents, underscoring the severity of the situation. However, relief forces have successfully rescued 265 individuals thus far. The affected districts, including Ajmer, Jalore, Sirohi, Barmer, and Pali, have borne the brunt of this calamity.
In response to the unfolding crisis, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has made the decision to cancel his scheduled visits to Bundi, Kota, Jhalawar, and Dausa. Instead, he will focus his efforts on the rain-affected areas, demonstrating his commitment to the welfare of the affected communities.
Gehlot’s revised itinerary includes visits to Barmer, Sirohi, and Jalore districts on Tuesday, followed by visits to Pali and Jodhpur districts on Wednesday. By prioritizing the affected regions, Gehlot aims to assess the extent of the damage and provide immediate relief measures.
Impact and Rescues in the Hardest-Hit Districts
Jalore, Sirohi, Pali, and Barmer districts have been severely affected by the flooding, as officially stated. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF), and the Army have undertaken extensive rescue operations, successfully saving a total of 265 individuals from various locations across these districts.
Moreover, approximately 15,000 people have been relocated from low-lying areas to safer zones, ensuring their safety amidst the ongoing crisis. Initial assessments indicate that significant damage has occurred, including 8,700 makeshift houses being destroyed, 8,500 electric poles uprooted, 2,000 transformers rendered inoperable, and partial damage to 225 government school buildings.
While no red alert has been issued for any district on Tuesday, the weather office has cautioned about the likelihood of heavy rainfall in specific areas. Isolated regions of Sawaimadhopur, Baran, and Kota districts may experience very heavy rainfall, while Bundi, Tonk, Jhalawar, and Karoli districts are expected to witness heavy rains.
As Cyclone Biparjoy’s remnants continue to unleash torrential downpours in Rajasthan, the affected districts face unprecedented flooding and damage. The efforts of the rescue teams, government agencies, and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot demonstrate a collective commitment to saving lives and minimizing the impact of this natural disaster. With ongoing relief measures, the focus remains on the welfare and rehabilitation of the affected communities.
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