Death Toll From Flooding Nears 120 in Western India

Posted July 28, 2017

He further praised the courage of the people of Gujarat, "The people of Gujarat are blessed with a strong spirit of resilience".

Summary: The Ahmedabad city received almost 72 mm of rains in the last 12 hours ending at 11 am today. Over 53,000 have been evacuated to safe places and over six lakh food packets distributed, he added.

Evacuated about 36 thousand people. 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.

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

Banaskantha, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad, Morbi, Gandhinagar, Kutch, Mehsana and Valsad were among the districts hit by the large-scale flooding.

Gujarat's main city Ahmedabad has had more than 50 centimetres (20 inches) of rain in four days, twice the average for July. Of the 203 reservoirs in the state, high alerted has been declared for 39.

On yesterday evening, more rescue workers were sent into the affected areas.

"NDRF rescued 450 persons on Tuesday, 56 on Wednesday; IAF 114 on Tuesday, and 40 on Wednesday, while Army rescued 580 persons on Tuesday and 214 on Wednesday, " the minister said.

Heavy rains in Gujarat, Rajasthan and other parts of the country sees flooded streets, choked traffic and distrupting normal life.

The Prime minister alsoand chaired a meeting with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Patel and top officials of the state government to take stock of the situation.

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. Two main dams in Banaskantha, Dharoi and Sipu are overflowing, forcing the authorities to release waters in downstream rivers.

Talking to the news outlet "The Hindu", Gujarat Principal Secretary (revenue) has said, "Extremely heavy rains in Saurashtra region since last 24 hours".

In Assam at least 75 people have been killed and a state-wide emergency relief operation has been underway since April. Assam had asked the Centre for Rs 2,393 crore in funds to carry out repairs in the aftermath of the statewide floods.