25000 evacuated after flood fury hits Gujarat, Rajasthan; Army joins rescue efforts

Incessant Rains Trigger Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat, NDRF Rescues 200 Stranded People

Rain fury in Gujarat: Highways, roads washed away

Almost 25,000 people, primarily in Banaskantha and Patan districts, were evacuated to safety on Monday as Gujarat faced one of its worst flood situations in recent times.

The state, on the other hand, has so far received 66% of its total seasonal rains at 534 mm. Local media also reported that Rupani is in constant touch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has expressed concern over the flooding in Gujarat.

State Minister of Disaster Management and Relief, Gulab Chand Kataria said the condition in Jalore, Pali and Sirohi is critical due to heavy rainfall that occurred in the last few days.

The rescuers found six bodies in flooded villages on Monday and Tuesday, raising the death toll in Gujarat to 70 since the start of the monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

The Army and the Air Force have been pressed into rescue operations. Read Also No "Model State" this The Indian Army joined rescue and relief operation in Deesa, Banaskantha where 7,000 persons were shifted to safe places.

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The administration is making arrangements for the distribution of food packets for affected people, the chief minister said.

Thankfully the rains have taken a respite in North Gujarat, paving way for speeding up rescue and relief operations in the region.

Meanwhile, the government has issued high alert in North and Central Gujarat districts where the heavy to extremely heavy rains likely. A cyclonic system concentrated over northeast Gujarat has resulted in heavy rains lashing the district of Banaskantha on Monday. Rivers and natural reservoirs too have been overflowing.

In Gujarat, transport has been brought to a standstill as 19 state highways and 102 roads are closed due to waterlogging.

"We are ready for the situation and have deployed police and administrative personnel to aid people in case of eventuality", Mukesh Kumar, Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, said.

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