Death toll in Gujarat floods reaches 119; rescue op underway

The weather department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain at several places across the state in the next two days.

"We are in the process of distributing over six lakh food packets to the affected". AIR correspondent reports that NGOs and Voluntary organisations have come out in big numbers for sending relief materials to the affected people.

The NDRF teams present in the state are engaged in rescue and relief operations in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Aravalli, Bhuj, Banaskantha, Dwarka, Rajkot, Patan, Surat, Valsad and Morbi districts of the state. The Air Force has been kept on stand-by to evacuate people.

While reviewing the situation PM Narendra Modi inspected the devastation in the parts of Gujarat that are badly hit by the floods and heavy rains. A high alert has been sounded as more than 20 highways of the state got submerged into floods.

Indian Express also reported death of four people on Saturday adding to the list of 61 persons who have recently lost their lives in rain and flood-related incidents. In the evening, more rescue workers were sent into the affected areas.

Wing Commander Abhishek Matiman, the defence spokesperson for the region, said that the Army has rescued 113 people and efforts are on to evacuate about 40 others from Sirohi and Jhabadiya village in North Gujarat.


The rains have caused Sabarmati river to overflow.

Crews in boats rescued almost 800 people from the floods, some of whom were pregnant women, in six districts in Gujarat state, according to government official Ranvijay Singh.

More than 36,000 people have been moved to safe areas and helicopters and boats were used to rescue the worst-hit.

A dozen teams of NDRF have been stationed in various parts of North Gujarat and Saurashtra.

Five National Highways, 153 State Highways and 674 Panchayat roads remained closed for vehicular traffic due to floods, hampering relief and rescue operations.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation issued a warning to people not to venture near electricity poles and street lights as it might prove fatal due to the water-logging. Now the situation in Assam stabiliziruemost on the background of the lack of rain in recent days.


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