Sunday, 17 December, 2017

In Pics: Gujarat floods wreak havoc

Around 2,245 people were evacuated from flood-affected areas and shifted to safer locations. File Incessant Rains Trigger Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat, NDRF Rescues 200 Stranded People
Christy Curtis | 28 July, 2017, 01:40

The worsening floods killed another eight people in Gujarat, taking the toll to 82, as rescue teams stepped up efforts to save thousands of people marooned in submerged towns and villages. An IAF chopper appears above him, dropping a rope, and he makes a slow, suspense-filled ascent, finally helped into the helicopter by the Air Force officers.

While over 200 people stranded in floods have been rescued by the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies, the state administration has shifted more than 6000 residents of low lying areas.

With 659 mm of rain, north Gujarat has received 90% of its average rain in the past 36 hours.

As many as 778 villages in Banaskantha and Patan districts continue to be without electricity supply. Narmada Mahotsav and Swagat Online program scheduled on tomorrow also cancelled due to heavy rain and flood.

In the last 24 hours, Ahmedabad alone has received 200 mm of rainfall, according to official figures.

Heavy showers pounded parts of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, and affected normal life in the metro cities of Kolkata and Mumbai.

In Ahmedabad, over 50 families were evacuated to safer places from the low-lying areas of the Sabarmati river, which cuts through the middle of the city. REUTERS/Gene Blevins/File Photo Indian rickshaw pullers wade through a water logged street following heavy rains in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

In Rajasthan, four MI-17V5 helicopters of the IAF from its bases at Jamnagar, Jodhpur and Phalodi have been assigned target areas for conduct of relief operations.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Ahmedabad in the late afternoon and then left for an aerial survey of the affected areas of North Gujarat accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Roads in state capital Kolkata continued to be waterlogged.

This recovery of bodies in the Khariya village has taken the flood related death toll in Gurajat to 119 since the beginning of the monsoon season, reports Times of India.

The large-scale flooding in Gujarat prompted authorities to declare a state-wide "high alert" even as teams from disaster relief forces, Army and Air Force remained involved in rescue operations. The Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express was forced to go back to Ahmedabad from Mehsana.

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