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Rain claims six lives in MP

Statesman News Service | Bhopal |

At least five persons, including three of the same family, were killed in separate incidents of wall collapses and drowning in Bhopal due to incessant rain during the whole night on Tuesday.

The state capital received more than 6 inches rainfall in about 15 hours.

According to police, a woman and her two minor daughters died after the wall of their house collapsed upon them in their sleep at around 3.30 a.m. The woman’s husband also suffered serious burn injuries after he got electrocuted, as current spread in the house due to the wall collapse.

The incident took place in the Dhobi Ghat area under the Shyamla Hills Police Station jurisdiction. Police said the deceased were identified as Shumaila and her daughters Tazeem and Areeba.

In another incident, a six-year-old girl, Deepa Ahirwar died after being buried under the wall of her house in the Berasia area, which collapsed due to heavy rain at around 5 a.m.

According to police, the incident occurred in village Golkhedi where Vishnu Ahirwar lives with his family. The family was sleeping when the wall collapsed and Vishnu’s daughter Deepa was killed.

In a separate incident, a 15-year-old boy was washed away in a nullah in the Teela Jamalpura area.

Police said the boy, Waseem, son of Jamal Khan, was standing at the edge of a nullah in the area, which was overflowing due to the heavy downpour. At around 6 a.m., the boy lost control and his foot slipped. He fell into the heavy stream of water and was washed away.

Police said the boy was missing till afternoon and rescue workers and divers were trying to search for him.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief at the deaths in the separate incidents. The government has announced an exgratia financial compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.