Bhopal, Aug 16 :Forty-five people have been rescued while six are still missing after a sudden increase in water level following a heavy downpour at the Sultangarh waterfall in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri district due to strong currents.
The picnickers were stuck and trapped on rocks downstream after the waterfall swelled suddenly on Wednesday. Thirty four people, who were standing on the river rocks got stuck, while 15 were washed away.
While the administration has not confirmed the number of casualties or people missing in the incident, officials said State Disaster Relief and helicopter services were pressed in to rescue over 30 people, who were left stranded on a rock.
A video clip of the tragedy, being circulated on social media, showed at least five people were swept away by the waters, even as bystanders pegged the number at 10. The Indian Express could not individually verify the authenticity of the clip.
“The overnight rescue, which continued till 3 a.m. on Thursday managed to salvage 45 of those stranded on Independence Day. A missing report of six has been filed in Gwalior,” Superintendent of Police Rajesh Hingarkar told .
Madhya Pradesh Police confirms that 45 people have been rescued from Sultan Garh Waterfalls in Shivpuri after water level increased due to a sudden release of water from a dam
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The rescue teams, including the Border Security Force (BSF) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), were sent several hours after the incident.
The operation was stalled further till midnight due to heavy flow of water. It was only after the water receded that those stranded were taken out with the help of thick ropes.
The Indian Air Force also saved five lives but the IAF helicopter could not continue its operation due to darkness.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “Happy to share that collective efforts of BSF, SDRF, Police, Homeguards & locals of Shivpuri Dist. has paid off. Everyone from the Sultangarh Water Fall have been rescued. Heartily thankful , who supervised the rescue operations. My deep gratitude to everyone invovled.”
Shivraj Singh Chouhan has thanked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman for their help.