Under construction Karam Dam caves in; villages flooded

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Bhopal/Dhar: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reviewed the situation and gave instructions on Sunday 14 August to the concerned officials to ensure nobody was in harm’s way after the side wall of the Karam Dam being constructed in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh at a cost of 304 crore rupees, broke and the gushing water had started flooding the nearby villages on Sunday evening.

The villagers, who were alerted in advance, had fled to safer places anticipating danger from the Karam Dam. A leakage in the draining channel turned into a major breach and the massive pressure of water eventually broke the dam wall.

On Sunday evening, Chief Minister Chouhan was at the control room in Mantralay to review the situation. He gave critical directives. Taking note of the water flowing out of the dam, Chouhan told the officials concerned to ensure saving every life was their priority. 

Chouhan was apprised by the officials present at the Karam Dam that the outflow of water had increased and that people had been alerted. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Home Rajesh Rajoura were present.

Chief Minister Chouhan also directed Indore Commissioner Pawan Sharma on Sunday that the villages should be vacated and people be moved to safer places.

Bridge collapses

Raisen: Heavy rain damaged a newly constructed bridge over Bina River near Begumganj in Raisen district in Madhya Pradesh. This new bridge over Bina River could not withstand even the first monsoon.

Bridge caves in

Part of a bridge built on NH 46 last year on the Kaliasot river near the industrial town of Mandideep near Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh caved in after heavy rain in the last week of July. 

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