Incessant rain hits Gujarat, over 25000 people evacuated so far

Posted July 28, 2017

With rains in the region subsiding in the last 24 hours, 8,518 persons have been sent back to their homes.

So far a total of 111 people have died in rain-related incidents in the state this monsoon which includes 29 bodies that were found on Wednesday.

This week's deaths have taken the toll to 83 since the start of the monsoon season, which runs from June to September. Three persons were injured when a building crumbled in the Gaekwad Haveli locality in the early hours, Ahmedabad Chief Fire Officer M. Dastoor said. Rajasthan minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that in Jalore five people were precariously perched atop a tree and were unable to climb down due to strong currents.

Meanwhile, military was on Tuesday called out to help in relief and rescue operations in some districts of Gujarat after copious rains caused floods, leaving thousands of people marooned. Modi, who flew over Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan districts of North Gujarat, said a team of the union Urban Development and Rural Development Ministries would visit the state to assess the extent of damage and suggest short-term as well as long-term measures. They have already evacuated 36,000 people from affected areas.

Almost a dozen teams of the National Disaster Relief Force and at least four MI-17V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force have launched rescue operations in the flooded state.

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Apart from Banaskantha, the floods have badly impacted Patan district also.

"We will try to restore electricity to these villages at the earliest, like we did in Chotila, Morbi, and Tankara in Saurashtra", the Minister said. Several areas in Gujarat remained cut off following heavy rains in the city. Rescue and relief operations are going on a full swing. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images Indian men transport goods on a three wheeled cargo bicycle along a road as heavy monsoon rain falls in Kolkata on July 23, 2017. North Gujarat was especially affected, with 1,000 rescued and 15,000 moved to safety over the last two days.

As many as 31 of the 203 dams in Gujarat were filled to the brim, with 41 others holding more than 70 per cent and 131 less than 70 per cent of their capacities.

Authorities have shifted over 25,000 people to safer places as heavy rains and floods killed two people in India's western states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, officials said Tuesday.

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