One Dead After Heavy Rains In Gujarat, Connectivity Affected

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 16, 2017

"Around 2,000 people have been shifted to safer places in Rajkot district, while in Morbi district around 1,400 have been moved to other places", officials of the disaster control room said. For Rajkot, it is considered as a soaking of a decade since it was nearly ten years ago that the city had received such rains. In Rajkot, which received 17 inches of rainfall in the last 12 hours, authorities have requested citizens to avoid venturing out of their houses. "In Lodhika taluka of Rajkot, one person died when a couple fell in flood waters even as the wife was rescued", Pankaj Kumar said.

Official sources said that Rajkot in Saurashtra region had received 22 inches of rainfall in just over eight hours ending 11 am on Saturday. Hundreds of people in these three districts were shifted to safer places from low-lying areas near rivers and dams. Rajkot administration said the district disaster team was conducting rescue operation in low-lying areas.

"More than 10 dams in the district are on the verge of overflowing, water level in Nyari 1 and 2, and Aji 3 dams has risen to alert level", Rajkot collector Pandey said, adding that the NDRF teams have been put on a standby mode and more number of people living in the low-lying areas are being taken to safer places.

One Dead After Heavy Rains In Gujarat, Connectivity Affected

The State government, National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Air Force mounted rescue operations to airlift persons stranded due to floods.

The met department has forecast heavy rains in the next 48 hours and the Emergency Operation Centre has issued a high-alert.

Seven reservoirs have been put on high alert in the state while 5 are put on alert. Rupani also reviewed situation vis-a-vis water received in rivers-dams, migration, roads and water level at various dams. Other places which received heavy rainfall include Muli (160 mm) in Surendranagar district, Padadhari (159 mm) in Rajkot district, Kapadvanj (144 mm) in Kheda district, Kalol (133 mm) in Gandhinagar district, Vankaner (132 mm) in Morbi district, Jamnagar (124 mm), Deesa (117 mm) and Mahisagar (107 mm).

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