With heavy rains lashing the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the death toll due to flood-related mishaps has gone up to 15, state's chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said today.
Seven persons died due to flood in different parts of the state in the past 24 hours, he told reporters.
Yesterday, the chief minister said eight persons had died due to the heavy downpour in the past couple of days.
Chouhan today convened a meeting of top officials, including chief secretary Anthony de Sa and director deneral of police Rishi Kumar Shukla, and reviewed the situation due to the heavy rains in the state.
Chouhan said all the 51 district collectors should extend immediate help to the people in distress.
Those living in the camps should not face any problem, he said, adding that clean drinking water should be provided to the people.
Health officials should keep a watch in the areas affected by floods, he added.
Meanwhile, Indian meteorological department's Bhopal centre director Dr Anupam Kashyapi said that heavy to very heavy rains are likely to lash Indore, Ujjain and Hoshangabad divisions, besides some parts of the state capital in the next 24 hours.
He said the rain activity will continue in other parts of the state due to moisture in the atmosphere.
Less monsoon activity will be witnessed in eastern MP in the next 24 hours, he said, adding the rainfall is expected to reduce in the entire state on July 12.
The heavy rains had earlier thrown normal life out of gear, affecting road, railway traffic, and snapped power supply in many places across the state.