18 villages in Madhya Pradesh must be evacuated due to seepage from a new dam.

Residents relocated to safer areas after soil begins to slide from under-construction dam . Authorities relocate people in 12 villages of Dhar district and six villages of Khargone district .

BHOPALDHAR: Residents of 12 villages in Dhar district and six villages in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh were relocated to safer areas on Friday after authorities discovered that soil has begun to slide from an under-construction dam on the Karam river, according to another chief secretary (ACS) home Rajesh Rajora.On the day before the dam was reported water seepage, an alert for downstream villages had been issued.As rain battered the area, the dams reservoir filled up with water for the first time this monsoon.According to ACS Rajora, the 590-meter-long and 52-meter-high dam, which is a medium-level irrigation scheme, holds 15 million cubic meters (MCM) water in its reservoir.

Rajora said that a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Emergency Response Force (SDERF) team, as well as two helicopters and an Army column, have been on standby.The site was described as being occupied by senior officials, including a divisional commissioner, inspector general, district collector, superintendent of police, engineering-in-chief, and head of the water resources department, among others.Officials said MP water resources minister Tulsiram Silawat and industries minister Rajvardhan Singh Dattigaon were also at the dam site to oversee restoration work.Pankaj Jain, a Dhar collector who works in the morning, said that attempts to counter the seepage were unsuccessful.