Narendra Modi to conduct aerial survey of flood-hit areas

PTI
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The prime minister then decided to undertake an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of north Gujarat, the PMO said.

AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected Banaskantha and Patan districts in north Gujarat where thousands of people are marooned due to incessant rains. 

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani called on the prime minister at Parliament House this morning and apprised him of the situation arising out of the heavy rains and flood in parts of the state.  The prime minister then decided to undertake an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of north Gujarat, the PMO said. 

The Army, IAF, NDRF and local teams have intensified rescue and relief operations as several parts of the two districts were inundated with flood water. During the last 24 hours, at least 12 talukas of Banaskantha, Patan and Sabarkantha districts received over 200 mm of rainfall, a release issued by the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC). 

Dantiwada in Banaskantha remained the worst-hit with a whopping 463 mm rainfall, followed by Palanpur (380 mm), Vadgam(357 mm), Amirgadh(337 mm) and Lakhani (305 mm). 

"The Prime Minister would land at the Ahmedabad Airport at around 4 pm and then leave for Banaskantha to conduct an aerial survey of the region, to understand the problems being faced by people," Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel said. At least 400 people were rescued in Banaskantha district Monday morning. A large number of locals were stranded in the floods after torrential rains wrecked havoc in northern Gujarat for last three days.

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