25000 evacuated as heavy rains batter Gujarat

Idar in Sabarkantha also figured in the top five places of India that received maximum rainfall in the past three days.

Apart from disaster response force teams, authorities have sought help from Indian army and Air Force for relief and rescue in the affected areas of Banaskantha and Patan districts in the north of Gujarat. "On Tuesday we had rescued 700 people from Kankrej taluka and till Wednesday evening we have rescued an additional 459 persons", he added.

The IAF's four MI-17 V5 helicopters rescued 14 people in Deesa and dropped over 300 kilograms of food packets in the district.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of the states hardest-hit by monsoon flooding on Tuesday, including Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Rajasthan, and Gufarat - his home state.

Also from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, he declared Rs 2 lakh to the family of those killed due to floods and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured.

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So far, over 80 people have been reported to be dead, while over 40,000 people have been evacuated.

As many as 778 villages in Banaskantha and Patan districts continue to be without electricity supply.

Almost 46,000 people have been sheltered in safe places in Banaskantha district till Tuesday evening, even as 1,000 people have been rescued so far. The schools in the city were shut, even as rumour of local administration having issued warnings of worst rains in 100 years began circulating in social media.

The state, meanwhile, continued to see relatively milder amount of rains on Wednesday, with an average rain of seasonal rains reaching 555.2 mm or 68.52%.

Hundreds of rescuers using motor boats saved 789 people, including some pregnant women, from being swept away by the swirling floodwaters in six districts in Gujarat state, said Ranvijay Singh, a government official. As many as 31 of the 203 reservoirs in the state are full. The Dholidhaja, Vansal and Nimbam dams in Surendranagar; the Machchhu-1 and Ghodadharoi in Morbi; and the Kankawati dam in Jamnagar districts are at 90 percent capacity. Seventeen trains passing through the affected region to Delhi and north India have been cancelled, six terminated midway and two trains have been diverted.

  • Sonia Alvarado