At least 25,000 people have been evacuated across Gujarat after several districts in the north and central parts of the state were flooded due to heavy rains. Besides, a high alert has been sounded as over 20 highways of the state got submerged.
The Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express returned to Ahmedabad from Mehsana due to water logging on tracks. Teams of National Disaster Response Force and other rescue agencies are at work. The Air Force has been kept on standby to help evacuate people. Heavy rains are likely to happen till 29 July.
The flooding has affected regions including Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Anand, Patan and parts of Valsad districts in Gujarat. Food packets are being served at temporary relief camps. North Gujarat and Saurashtra were hit after Sabarmati River to overflow. Rajasthan’s Dhantiwada, Sipu and Dharoi dams have also overflowed after heavy rains in South Rajasthan.
Teams of NDRF have been positioned in parts of North Gujarat and Saurashtra. Personnel from the Army and the BSF have been also been deployed.
So far 70 people have died in Gujarat due to rain related incidents since June. As per State Emergency Operations Centre, Gujarat has received almost 56.61% of the total expected rainfall.