Navsari, July 20: One person died after a car was washed away by flood following heavy rainfall in Navsari in Gujarat earlier on Friday. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that over 700 people had been rescued from flooded spots in the last one week as rains lash south Gujarat and Saurashtra, affecting 25 villages. Also Read - Black Fungus Cases on Rise in COVID-19 Survivors in Gujarat, Causing Blindness in Many
As many as 32 people have lost their lives in rain-related accidents in the state since the onset of monsoon, he said, after holding a meeting to review the damage caused by rains. The Revenue department has formed 161 teams to assess the loss of property and damage to crops, he announced. Also Read - Sonu Sood For PM? Vir Das' Idea Gets Janta's Approval on Twitter
In the last one week, over 700 persons were rescued and shifted to safer places by local authorities and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the chief minister said. “Twenty-five villages in 11 districts of Saurashtra and south Gujarat are badly affected. As waters have started receding, we will now start the work of assessing the losses so as to distribute compensation,” he said. The state received 3 per cent more rain this year compared to the rainfall till July 19 last year, he said. Also Read - Live Guitar Session & Antakshari: Gujarat Medicos Take The Musical Route to Cheer Up Covid Patients
Meanwhile, because of the heavy rains in several parts of the state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Gujarat on Friday had to be postponed. The prime minister was supposed to visit Valsad, Junagadh and Gandhinagar to take part in various programmes. Modi decided to postpone his visit so that the relief and rescue work in Valsad and Junagadh districts, which are affected by incessant rains, does not get disturbed.