Flood ravages Gujarat as heavy rains continue

UNI
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Hundreds of people from localities adjoining the Sabarmati river bank were evacuated to safer places as the week-long heavy rains have now led to flash floods

AHMEDABAD: The Sabarmati river front was closed for the public on Tuesday, while hundreds of people residing in localities adjoining the river bank were evacuated to safer places, even as the catchment areas of Aravali mountain range on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border continued to receive heavy rains for over a week now leading to flash floods.

So far, over 80 people have died, either drowned or swept away in the swirling flood waters. Thousands of people trapped in floods have been shifted to higher places in North Gujarat, which has faced the maximum brunt. Army, BSF and National Disaster Relief Force personnel have been engaged in rescue and relief operations, using helicopters, boats, and rafts.

Several villages have been marooned and cut off as their approach roads have been washed away.

Teams of Army, IAF, NDRF, SDRF, local police and fire brigade have been engaged in rescuing people stuck in floods. Two National Highways, 20 state highways, and over 350 district roads have been closed due to submergence or severe damages.

“The Indian Army has rescued over 113 people, while efforts are on to evacuate 30-40 more from Sirohi and Jhabadiya villages in North Gujarat,” Defence spokesperson Wing Commander Abhishek Matimaan said. The IAF, that has four MI-17V5 helicopters deployed for rescue operations, winched over 14 people from Deesa. They also dropped over 300 kg of food packets at designated places in the district to aid people marooned in the villages.

‘’More than two lakh food packets have been sent to Banaskantha from other districts for distribution,’’ Principal Revenue Secretary Pankaj Kumar said.

The North Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan have been the worst affected by floods due to continuous rains in the last 36 hours, with Tharad receiving 24 inches of rain, Dhanera about 20 inches, Dantiwada 18 inches, Palanpur 15 inches, Deesa and Diyodar 13 inches, Patan 12 inches and Vadgam about 11 inches of rain. 

- So far, over 80 people have died, either drowned or swept away in the swirling flood waters
- Thousands of people trapped in floods have been shifted to higher places in North Gujarat, which has faced the maximum brunt.
- Teams of Army, IAF, NDRF, SDRF, local police and fire brigade have been engaged in rescuing people stuck in floods.
- The IAF, that has 4 MI-17V5 helicopters deployed for rescue operations, winched over 14 people from Deesa and dropped over 300 kg of food packets

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