Ahmedabad, July 24: Around 25,000 people were relocated to a safe place in Gujarat after heavy rains battered several districts in the north and central parts of the state on Monday. Banaskantha, a district in Gujarat on Monday faced its worst ever floods in the recent years. A high alert has also been issued in the state as key roads have been submerged, hitting the Delhi-Ahmedabad traffic. The state government is also seeking help from the centre, while teams of National Disaster Response Force, the Air Force and other rescue agencies are at work, more rescue workers have been sent in to help those who are affected by floods. Also Read – Monsoon 2017: Rains Wreak Havoc in Gujarat, Assam Flood Situation Improves  

Here are some updates on the story:

  • Heavy rains have affected Sabarkantha, Banaskantha and parts of Valsad districts in Gujarat. Around 25,000 people have been evacuated out of which around 11,000 people have been rescued from Banaskantha district alone.
  • The rescue workers in large numbers are in the Dhanera and Deesa towns in Banaskantha district where residential colonies continue to be submerged in water.
  • The National Disaster Response Force also started their rescue operations in Kalol of Gandhinagar and Deodhar area of Banskantha. Both the districts received eight inches of rainfall in the last two days, an official said.
  • The rescue team present at the spot had also started supplying food packets at temporary relief camps.
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers are ordered to stay on standby alert to rescue people stranded in flood-hit areas. On Sunday, the IAF officials safely evacuated a woman who had just delivered twins and another pregnant woman from Nana Matra village in Rajkot district of Gujarat which was cut off due to the floods.
  • According to a report, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has stationed himself in state flood control room to supervise flood operations. Rupani also conducted an aerial survey of Sundernagar.
  • Vijay Rupani has also called an emergency meeting with senior state officials and had ordered the administration to help people as heavy rains are expected till July 29.
  • In Gujarat, transport has been brought to a standstill as 19 state highways and 102 roads are closed due to waterlogging.
  • In last 24-hours the state has so far received almost 56.61 per cent of the total expected rainfall, State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) said in a report. In last one month at least 70 people died due to rain related incidents.
  • Apart from Gujarat, rains also lashed several parts of the country, even as the situation in deluge-ravaged Assam showed signs of improvement. Heavy showers were also witnessed in parts of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh.