Gujarat floods: Death toll rises to 119

Georgia Reed
July 27, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked BJP MPs from Gujarat to play an active role in providing relief to flood-hit people in the state and asserted the Centre was committed to helping the affected. Several teams from the Army, India Air Force and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are working round the clock to rescue people stranded in islands created due to flood water.

Heavy rainfall has lashed Gujarat for three days now, throwing life out of gear in major cities, including Ahmedabad.

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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.

The region has already received about 95 percent of its seasonal average of 659 millimeters.

As of now, more than 200 people have been rescued, while hundreds of others have been relocated to safer areas. According to official sources, total 500 roads are closed in flood hit areas including 6 national highways and 26 state highways.

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State government officials also said with rain-situation easing on Wednesday, sanitary teams from different municipal corporations including from Surat will be rushed to Banaskantha district to ensure cleanliness and sanitation.

While Dholidhaja, Vansal and Nimbam dams in Surendranagar, Machchhu-1 and Ghodadharoi in Morbi and Kankawati dam in Jamnagar districts have received up to 90 per cent of their water storage capacity.

Twenty-three dams in Saurashtra, four in Kutch, four in central Gujarat and one dam in south Gujarat were full.

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

Summary: The Ahmedabad city received almost 72 mm of rains in the last 12 hours ending at 11 am today.

These places were followed by Umergam of Valsad (58mm), Deodar of Banaskantha (55 mm), Kaprada of Valsad (53 mm), Idar of Sabarkantha (52 mm), Tharad of Banaskantha (50 mm), Poshina of Sabarkantha (50mm), Siddhpur of Patan (48mm) and Vijaynagar of Sabarkantha (47mm).

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