Mar 1, 2024

Gujarat has been badly hit by floods and around 25,000 people have been evacuated to safety across the state in several districts in the north and central parts. High alert has been sounded because more than 20 highways of the state have been submerged. Delhi bound Rajdhani Express retuned to Ahmedabad from Mehsana because of water logging on the tracks. National Disaster Response Force and many other rescue agencies are at rescue work and the Indian Air Force has been kept on stand-by to evacuate people. The government has sent in more rescue worker because heavy rains is expected till July 29th. The flooding has badly affected Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Anand, Patan and many parts of Valsad district. More than 11, 000 people have been moved to safety areas in Banaskantha district alone and government has arranged food packets at temporary relief camps.

Sabarmati River is overflowing because of the rains putting the North Gujarat and Saurashtra in serious trouble. Heavy rains are happening in Rajasthan also and dams in Rajasthan like Dhantiwada, Sipu abd Dharoi are overflowing hitting the low lying areas of Pali, Jalore and Sirohi districts. 12 teams of the NDRF are stationed in North Gujarat and Saurashtra and Army and BSF personnel have also been positioned. Six more teams are also sent to the affected areas and resuce workers are working round the clock in Dhanera and Deesa towns of Banaskantha district. IAF choppers are on standby to rescue stranded people and one women who had delivered twins was rescued and another pregnant woman was rescued from Nan Matra village in Rajkot district. Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani conducted an aerial survey of Suredranagar and is stationed in state flood control room to supervise the operations directly. The death toll since June 2017 in Gujarat is around 70 due to rain related incidents. According to meteorological department Gujarat has so far received 56.61 % of the total expected rainfall so far. Rains have lashed many parts of the country like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh also and situation in Assam has shown some improvement. Meteorological department has also predicted more rains in the Gangetic region of West Bengal in the next 24 hours and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with senior officials to face the fury of nature.