Rajya Sabha member Vijay Rupani of the BJP has demanded declaration of national calamity in Gujarat,and aid to be provided on an urgent basis. Rupani made the demand in view of the heavy damage to standing crops and loss of 75 lives due to torrential rains in parts of the state.
Rupani,during Zero Hour on Monday,said that due to heavy rains,19 talukas in the state have received over 1,000 mm of rain,and over 37 talukas have received 500 mm of rain in one go. Besides,of the 225 talukas in the state,224 had received seven inches of rain,resulting in many places getting marooned. All this has heavily damaged roads in rural areas,affected power lines and damaged water channels,Rupani said. He called for urgent and maximum possible aid to the state as per provisions under the national calamity relief.
He said Mangrol,Sutrapada,Veraval and Maliya talukas in Junagadh district were inundated on July 15; two days later,50 villages in Lalpur taluka were affected due to heavy rains in that region. Again,between July 21 and 24,heavy rains lashed Junagadh and Porbandar districts with 15 to 20 inches on record in 10 hours in Kutiyana,Ranavav and Porbandar talukas.
On July 25,two IAF helicopters dropped 70,000 food packets in Porbandar district and nearly 8,000 people were moved to safer places in Junagadh district,Rupani said.