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Inclement weather once again disrupts Simhasta Kumbh Mela in MP

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh), May 9: Chaos prevailed at the ongoing Simhasta Kumbh Mela here on Monday as high-speed wind and accompanying rain disrupted the smooth conduct of the second ‘shahi sn’ (royal bath). Many pandals or makeshift tents collapsed due to the inclement weather while scores of others were waterlogged, leading to panic among the pilgrims who ran helter-skelter to save themselves. Many watch towers at the venue were damaged and trees uprooted. However, there was no report of loss of life. A sewer pipe was damaged in the Ramghat area, leading to contamition of the Kshipra waters, which led to anger among hundreds of holy men and pilgrims who have congregated on the river banks for the holy dip. The pilgrims complained that the sewer had been damaged three days ago and it broke down on Monday just ahead of the ‘shahi sn’. The river water was stinking as a result, making their bathing ritual a difficult proposition, they said. The Met department had forecast high-speed wind and rain for Monday but the administration allegedly did not take preventive measures. Weather office director Anupam Kashyapi told reporters here that he had regularly been warning the Ujjain authorities about the weather conditions prior to the outbreak of monsoon. On May 5, a downpour and accompanying high-speed winds led to collapse of hundreds of temporary structures at the Kumbh site, burying dozens of devotees as hundreds others ran for their lives. (IANS)

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