Gujarat: Rain toll goes up to 61; Met Dept issues warning

Meanwhile, rain continued to lash several parts of Gujarat on Thursday with Valsad, Banaskantha, Tapi, Mehsana, and Ahmedabad districts receiving most of the rainfall. Umargam taluka in Valsad received 114 mm (4 inch) rainfall, the highest in the state.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 21, 2017 5:49 am
water logging, traffic jam, gujarat weather, rain related death, monsoon in gujarat, ndrf, national disaster response force, indian express Waterlogging across Ahmedabad city brought traffic to a halt on Thursday evening. Javed Raja

THE GUJARAT relief department on Thursday confirmed 61 rain-related deaths in the state, which has been witnessing heavy rains this monsoon. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams on Thursday found the body of a labourer who was swept away near Chotila town of Surendranagar district five days ago.

The labourer identified as Vinu Chauhan (24) had swayed in the floodwater on Saturday while his friend managed to escape to the shore. This incident has raised the death toll in the torrential rains to five in Surendranagar alone.
Director of the relief department A J Shah added, “Around 966 animals have died.”

Meanwhile, rain continued to lash several parts of the state on Thursday with Valsad, Banaskantha, Tapi, Mehsana, and Ahmedabad districts receiving most of the rainfall. Umargam taluka in Valsad received 114 mm (4 inch) rainfall, the highest in the state.

Ahmedabad recorded an average rainfall of 38.3 mm on Thursday. The highest rainfall was received in the city’s Central zone with 57.50 mm, followed by West zone with 55 mm and the North zone with 51.50 mm. Due to heavy rainfall, four gates of the Vasna barrage were opened to 3 feet.

Major roads of the city were flooded leading to traffic jam in the evening. Parimal underpass along with Usmanpura, Mithakali, Akhbarnagar, ITI and Shahibaug were closed till late evening. Several incidents of felling of trees and damaged vehicles were also reported. Slums along the Naroda road and areas in Kubernagar, Sardarnagar and Memco crossroads got flooded.

The Met department has issued warning of heavy rainfall in the state till July 24. Morbi, Surendranagar, Rajkot and Jamanagar districts of Saurashtra were pounded by rain over the week, leading to flood-like situation in many areas. Four persons have been confirmed dead in Jamangar district so far while one is still missing. In Rajkot as well one person was being washed away in Aji river.

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jul 24, 2017 at 6:00 am
    Gujrat floods are posing grim situation, while some rivers – dams there appear to be overflowing. Helicopter service and NDRF has been pressed into service for rescue. Rajasthan and other States have also been impacted. This Vedic astrology writer had , however , alerted against massive floods and connected serious problems in Gujrat , Rajasthan and other States through article “ 2017 – an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September” issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016. The alert had indicated that near and during August-September in 2017 , Gujrat , Rajasthan and other States of India could be visited by massive floods with connected off shoots of health hazards , epidemics , damage to plants, crops including food crops, calling upon more care and appropriate strategy. Going by news reports as on 22 July 2017 , it can be said that the alert has been meaningful.
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