Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Floods wreak havoc in Rajasthan and Gujarat, thousands stranded

Gujarat floods Ahmedabad rains Monsoon gujarat rescue operations ahmedabad Gujarat rains Gujarat flood latest news indian express india news The IAF helicopter successfully rescued a person who was stranded inside a marooned “Dargah” in Limbdi taluka of the same district
Jerome Frank | 27 July, 2017, 18:31

At least 650 people were rescued from the Banaskantha district on Wednesday out of which, 272 were airlifted, reports TOI. While the Air Force has been kept on standby and rescue agencies are at work like teams of National Disaster Response Force and other, to evacuate people.

Almost three days after their village Dabhipura in Dantiwada taluka of Banaskanthan was inundated in flood waters, families returned on Wednesday.

Army and Air Force contingents have been rushed in to assist in relief and rescue operations.

One more death was reported from Morigaon district of Assam even as the overall flood situation improved in the state.

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. Power supply in 778 villages in Banaskantha and Patan districts, disrupted by torrential rains and heavy flooding, was being restored by the government's energy department.

The intensity of the rains has reduced on Wednesday and the relief and rescue efforts continue in north Gujarat.

The relocation occurred as upstream along the Sabarmati River water was being released from the Dharoi dam about 60-70 km from Ahmedabad.

23 thousand more people have been shifted to the safer places during the last 24 hours from the flood hit North Gujarat.

In neighbouring Rajasthan, a usually arid state, six people were killed in three flood-hit districts. Rajasthan's Jalore, Pali and Sirohi districts have been inundated and road and rail traffic has been thrown out of gear.

The IAF's four MI-17 V5 helicopters rescued 14 people in Deesa and dropped over 300 kilograms of food packets in the district. The Rajkot-Ahmedabad national highway is also closed due to water-logging.

In the neighbouring coastal state of Odisha, extremely heavy rains and thundershowers, along with high-speed surface winds, are expected tomorrow due to the formation of a low pressure area over the region.

PM Modi conducted an aerial survey of two flood-ravaged districts in Gujarat, a seven-member central team led by Union home ministry joint secretary VS Sekhar arrived in Guwahati to assess the situation.

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