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At least 8 Killed, over 9000 Moved to Relief Camps in Madhya Pradesh; Rescues and Airlift Ongoing

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At least eight people were killed and more than 9,000 have been moved to relief camps as hundreds of villages across 12 districts of Madhya Pradesh were affected by floods following heavy rains since Thursday. People airlifted and rescued from flood-affected areas of Somalwada in Sehore by Indian Air Force.

Red and orange alerts have been issues for very heavy to heavy rainfall today in 16 of the state's 52 districts as the monsoon trough passes over the north-central parts of Madhya Pradesh.

In the last two days, over 7,000 people stranded in 454 villages of 12 districts were evacuated as heavy rains hit large parts of the state, Mr Chouhan told reporters.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning and had earlier spoken with defence minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday evening to convey them the flood situation in the state.

Chouhan sought their help in rescue operations being carried on by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Home Guards, police and personnel of other departments.

Flood-hit districts of the state include Hoshangabad, Raisen, Sehore, Bhopal, Vidisha, Chhindwara, Balaghat, Seoni, Katni, Sagar, Shivpuri and Ujjain, as per official information.

A large number of people were airlifted with the help of Air Force helicopters, including 62 people from Somalwada village alone in Sehore district. Army personnel too have joined the rescue operations. 

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