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Gujarat: Heavy rain causes flood-like situation, 1 dead

Gujarat: Heavy rain causes flood-like situation, 1 dead

The high-alert has been issued for Fatehgadh in Kutch district, Kankavati in Jamnagar, Demi 3 and Machhu 3 in Morbi district, Khodapiper in Rajkot, and Marshal and Trivenisang in Surendranagar district.

At least 7 persons died on Friday and Saturday as heavy to very heavy rains lashed several parts of Gujarat. Tankara town in Morbi district, where a flood-like situation has developed, recorded 14 inches of rainfall in just four hours resulting in water-logging. True to the Meteorology department predictions, 12 districts received over 100 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

In Rajkot, heavy rain has caused water-logging in parts of the city. In Rajkot, authorities have asked citizens not to venture out of houses. "While Navalbhai Khunt (45) could not be saved, his wife was rescued", Rajkot District Collector Vikrant Pandey said.

"Rajkot city received 400 mm of rainfall till 11 am", Rajkot Municipal Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani said, adding that they have alerted citizens not to venture out of their houses.

Over 1500 people have been shifted from low lying areas to safer places. As many as 20 villages of Sayla taluka in Surendranagar district remained cut off from the district whereas diversions and alternate routes were being created in Banaskantha, Tharad and Vav to ensure that they did not remain cut-off.

Following heavy rains, Aji and Macchu rivers in Rajkot and Surendranagar districts respectively, have swelled, after which people living in low-lying areas near the river have been alerted. Rajkot administration said the district disaster team was conducting rescue operation in low-lying areas.

The State government, National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Air Force mounted rescue operations to airlift persons stranded due to floods.

During the review meeting, Rupani instructed the state administration to remain extra alert as the weather department has given a warning of heavy rains in Gujarat in the next 48 hours.

Level of water in Narmada dam is 117 meter which is 85.26 per cent of its capacity.