NEW DELHI, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in floods in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has risen to 22, with seven more people dying in the past 24 hours.
"As per our records, 22 people have died in flood-related incidents in the state and some nine people are missing," a senior government official told the media in state capital of Bhopal Tuesday.
Local TV channels reported that nearly 2,500 houses have been destroyed in flash floods triggered by heavy rains in the state and over 7,000 people were rescued by disaster management officials.
The weather department has predicted more rains across the state in the next 24 hours and 34 districts have got more than average rainfall.
"All relief agencies have been asked to work on war-footing to avoid any more deaths in floods," the official said.