Monday, 15 October, 2018

Gujarat floods: Modi to undertake aerial survey today

Incessant Rains Trigger Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat, NDRF Rescues 200 Stranded People Rain fury in Gujarat: Highways, roads washed away
Ben Pena | 25 July, 2017, 14:05

The control room in Gandhinagar was inundated with emergency calls as many people were stranded at different places.

Three state ministers - Dilipkumar Thakor, Shankar Chaudhary, Keshaji Chauhan - and union minister Haribhai Chaudhary have been stationed at Banaskantha and Patan districts, while two IAS officers, JP Gupta and Harit Shukla, have been helping the district administrations.

Heavy rain have thrown normal life out of gear in many parts of Saurashtra and the Southern part of Gujarat. Principal Secretary (revenue) Pankaj Kumar said, "More than 1,000 people were rescued and 15,000 evacuated from Deesa and Banaskantha district". The rescue operations have been conducted jointly by the State and National Disaster Response Forces, the Indian Army and the Air Force.

The rains have caused Sabarmati river to overflow. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast extremely heavy rains in North-East Gujarat due to low pressure created in South Rajasthan. Chief minister Vijay Rupani tweeted: "Govt is doing its best to rescue those hit by flood".

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Four Disaster Response Force teams have also been deployed for rescue operations in flood-affected districts including Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Pali and Sirohi.

"The aircraft landed at Jasdan helipad where they were handed over to the medical team already waiting", the release added. Two trains were partially terminated in Jodhpur Railway division today due to water logging on the Bhiladi-Samdari railway route. Waterlogging and damage to tracks in Palanpur resulted in the Rajdhani Express and the Agra Express being stopped at Mehsana.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday started massive aerial relief and rescue operations in the flood affected regions of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Gujarat has already received almost 56.61 per cent of the total expected rainfall, informed State Emergency Operations Centre.

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