Army, Air Force begin rescuing flood-affected people in Gujarat

28 July 2017, 12:08 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Incessant Rains Trigger Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat, NDRF Rescues 200 Stranded People

Around 2,245 people were evacuated from flood-affected areas and shifted to safer locations. File

The Bhavnagar-Ahmedabad highway was heavily flooded after several villages near Dholka were inundated following release of 1.24 lakh cusecs release from Dharoi dam.

"As many as 43,056 persons have, meanwhile, been relocated from across Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Patan, Aravalli, Ahmedabad, Dahod and Mehsana districts".

The weather improved in Bengal on Tuesday with no heavy rain in most parts since last night.

Downpours in Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Somnath districts of Gujarat claimed three lives and led to a flood-like situation in the region.

These helicopters are also used for dropping and supply of relief material (food, water and medicines) to villages inaccessible by road to the rescue teams operating on ground.

An extra responsive team of IAF and NDRF has been placed in position if the situation escalates in the state.

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At least 60 people have died in the northeastern state of Assam due to flooding since the start of the monsoon season and another 14 people died in the nearby state of Arunachal Pradesh last month after a mudslide swept through a village. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati had Modi of ignoring other states that also have been affected by the floods.

Evacuated about 36 thousand people. A high alert has been sounded as more than 20 highways of the state got submerged into floods.

On Wednesday, around 650 more people were rescued from villages of the district by various agencies.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, has stationed himself in state flood control room to supervise the operations.

During a rescue operation in flood-hit Gujarat, an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter on Tuesday winched a man, who was clinging onto an electric pole amidst gushing flood waters. Narmada Mahotsav and Swagat Online program scheduled on tomorrow also cancelled due to heavy rain and flood. The traffic was thin and people preferred to stay indoors.Rains took a respite in Saurashtra region, helping the administration to begin taking stock of the damage and work on rebuilding roads to re-establish connectivity with the habitats cut-off due to torrential rains. Now the situation in Assam stabiliziruemost on the background of the lack of rain in recent days.



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