Two dead, hundreds evacuated as rains batter Gujarat

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Meanwhile, three people as they were swept away by overflow of water at Jasdan taluka in Rajkot, said the officials. On Monday NDRF team rescued more than 32 people from Dhanera APMC areas and shifted them to a safe place via boat.

Two pregnant women were stranded in the village of Nana Matra in Vinchia tehsil of Rajkot district that had been cut off from rest of the district due to heavy rains on Sunday.

Heavy rains in Gujarat in the past few weeks have created havoc in the state due to flooding in several parts of the state. Several rivers in the southern and western districts of the state have swelled, but authorities ruled out any immediate flood threat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the state on Tuesday for an aerial survey of the flood situation.

As monsoon moves over to the north, northern districts of the state such as Idar, Deesa should get ready to witness heavy rain for the next 24 hours. Howrah, Hooghly, West and East Midnapur, and parts of Birbhum, Purulia and Bankura districts, besides Kolkata, experienced heavy rains.

"Two people each in Udaipur and Sirohi districts have been killed in heavy rain, while as more than 3,000 people were rescued from flooded regions in Jalore and Sirohi", an official said.

Thankfully the rains have taken a respite in North Gujarat, paving way for speeding up rescue and relief operations in the region. The district administration has sounded a high alert and advised people not to venture out.

As of now, more than 200 people have been rescued, while hundreds of others have been relocated to safer areas.

According to MeT department, in East Rajasthan, Mount Abu Tehsil in Sirohi district recorded 77 cm of rainfall, Mount Abu (district Sirohi) 73 cm, Reodar (district Sirohi) 40 cm, Sirohi (district Sirohi) 38 cm, Pindwara (district Sirohi) 30 cm, and Abu Road (district Sirohi) 27 cm in the last 24 hours.

"Two helicopters have been launched from Deesa (in Gujarat) for rescue and relief in Banaskantha and Patan districts of Gujarat and two helicopters with medical supplies have taken off from Jodhpur Air Force Base for operations in Jalore and Pali districts of Rajasthan", it added.

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