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Death toll in heavy rains, floods in India's Gujarat rises to 15

17 July 2017, 03:48 | Myron Mathis

Death toll in heavy rains, floods in India's Gujarat rises to 15

Death toll in heavy rains, floods in India's Gujarat rises to 15

Thousands of people were rescued and shifted to safer location in different districts of the Indian state, officials said. In Rajkot, authorities have asked citizens not to venture out of their houses. Heavy losses have been restricted due to guidelines from the state administration given to NDRF and Disaster Management team.

"A middle-aged couple was swept by water near Jeta Kuba village in Lodhika taluka this morning".

In Chotila town of Surendranagar district, 18 inches of rainfall was recorded while Kaprada in Valsad district of South Gujarat received 10 inches of rainfall. True to the Meteorology department predictions, 12 districts received over 100 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Official sources said that Rajkot in Saurashtra region had received 22 inches of rainfall in just over eight hours ending 11 am on Saturday.

The monsoon flooding has clogged roads and submerged areas.

"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. The Bhogavo river passing through Surendranagar and Rajkot districts flooded many villages downstream.


Rajkot administration said the district disaster team was conducting rescue operation in low-lying areas.

With more rains forecast in the next 24 hours, district administrations have put NDRF teams on alert. The state has so far received 270 mm or 33.4 per cent rains as compared to 20 per cent it received a year ago, said Pankaj Kumar, principal secretary of the Revenue department of the state.

Commercial capital of Saurashtra region, Rajkot received more than 22 inches of rains till late evening.

Gujarat Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama visited the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) in Gandhinagar to take stock of the situation in Morbi, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Kutch districts, which bore the brunt of the rain fury.

Following heavy rains, Aji and Macchu rivers in Rajkot and Surendranagar districts respectively, have swelled, after which people living in low-lying areas near the river have been alerted.



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