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3 die as heavy rain lashes Gujarat

| | Gandhinagar | in Sunday Pioneer

Three died and at least 1,500 individuals were moved to safer place in Saurashtra region of Gujarat due to heavy to very heavy rain on Saturday forcing Government to call on Indian Air Force (IAF) and National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) teams in to service.

Official sources in the State confirmed three deaths due to heavy downpour. Till evening constant rain continues in the region and meteorology department has forecast heavy rains for the next 48 hours Saurashtra, North and Central Gujarat. Fishermen in the coastal areas of the State have been advised not to venture in the high seas for the next 24 hours.

As many as 12 districts in the state received over 100 mm of rains in last 24 hours till 5 pm on Saturday. The state has received 270 mm or 33.4% of rains, compared to 20% it received last year, Pankaj Kumar, principal secretary, state revenue department said.

Commercial capital of Saurashtra region, Rajkot received more than 22 inches of rains till late evening. Still overcast situation is prevailed and more rain expected. Interestingly generally Rajkot receives average rain fall of hardly 15 inches in the entire season. Despite the unprecedented rain people of the parched city celebrated flood like situation as their water woes for the rest of the year will be ended.

Chotila town in Surendranagar district saw 18 inches of rain, Tankara 17 inches, Rapar 11 inches and Padadhari-Mundra-Anjaar receiving six inches of rains in last 24 hours. Surendranagar in Saurashtra too recorded over 140 mm of rains, followed by Deesa in North Gujarat with 109 mm of rains. Over 1500 persons have been relocated to safety in Morbi district, with maximum of 1320 people in Tankara moved to safety.

In Rajkot, as many as 93 different areas were inundated. Two teams of NDRF were pressed in to service in Chotila district. The highway between Surendranagar and Limbdi had to be shut down. As many as 31 roads in the state were closed for traffic and about 124 villages had to go without electricity.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani convened a high level meeting to review the situation created following the heavy rain in the State. He instructed district collectors of the affected areas to be prepared for possible flood like situation.




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