Updated: September 13, 2021 7:59:56 pm
At least three persons died and three others, including a businessman, were reported missing as torrential rains lashed parts of Gujarat on Monday, leaving many low-lying areas inundated and people stranded.
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials have joined rescue operations in flood-affected areas of Jamnagar. An IAF chopper rescued people stranded in the floodwaters in the Dushasiya village of Jamnagar.
At least two people in Jamnagar and one in Rajkot were confirmed dead in rain-related incidents while at least five more were reported missing in Rajkot district.
District authorities said Ramesh Aghara, a resident of Jamjodhpur town in Jamnagar district, and his wife Manisha were killed after their car was swept away by a rivulet while they were trying to cross a submerged causeway across it near Samana in Jamjodhpur taluka on Monday morning.
“They were reportedly on their way to Rajkot for some shopping when their car was swept away. A farmer spotted their car stranded in the rivulet and informed us. We launched a rescue operation but the couple was found dead in their car downstream the causeway,” Dharmesh Kachhad, a state government official in Jamjodhpur said.
Manju Gamara, a resident of Kagdadi village, also died after the car in which she was travelling was swept away in a river. Three others who were driving in the same car were reported missing, district flood control room of Rajkot said.
The heavy downpour led to flooding in many parts of Rajkot and Jamnagar cities as well as in rural areas of the twin districts.
Around 1,300 people were moved to safer places from low-lying areas of Jungleshwar, Ramnathpara, Popatpara, Laludi Vokali etc in Rajkot city, Rajkot municipal commissioner Amit Arora said. More than 1150 people were evacuated from vulnerable areas in Gondal, Lodhika, Rajkot rural and Upleta talukas of Rajkot district, Rajkot district collector Arun Mahesh Babu said.
In Jamnagar district, 4200 people were evacuated, including around 1500 from Jamnagar city as rivers and streams swelled following torrential rain, Jamnagar district collector Saourabh Pardhi said.
“We sought help of the Indian Air Force to rescue around 100 people who were trapped in floodwaters in rural areas. The IAF deployed four helicopters to airlift people with the help of NDRF teams. The flood situation is serious in Banga, Dhudesia, Kunad, Khandhera, Alia, Modu and Shekhpat villages of Kalavad and Jamnagar rural talukas,” the Jamnagar collector said.
Meanwhile, the Rajkot collector said that help of the IAF has been sought to airlift people from Kolithad and Vejalpur villages of Gondal taluka. “In view of the forecast of heavy rain till 18th of this month, we have instructed mamlatdars in the district to shift people living in low-lying areas to safer places as a precautionary measure,” said Babu.
In Rajkot city and adjoining areas, schools and colleges were ordered shut after roads were left waterlogged, hindering vehicular traffic and throwing normal life out of gear.
Following instructions issued by the newly sworn-in Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, multiple teams of the 6th Battalion of the NDRF from Vadodara were rushed to Jamnagar on Monday, an NDRF spokesperson said.
The NDRF teams have been deployed in the Kalavad taluka of Jamnagar to rescue stranded people.
NDRF said that on Monday, the jawans of the 6th battalion (Vadodara unit) of NDRF have rescued a total of 41 people, comprising of 13 women, 11 men, and seven children, from areas affected by the floods caused by an overflowing Kalavadi river in Jamnagar.
The water level in the Ukai dam is just 3 feet near the danger mark of 345 feet. After witnessing heavy inflow of water in the upstream areas, 53,000 cusecs of water was discharged in the afternoon by the authorities.
The dam has enough storage of water to cater to requirements like irrigation, industrial and domestic purpose of Surat, Navsari, Ankleshwar and Valsad for the next two years.
Due to the heavy rainfall in the upstream areas of the dam in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, the dam started receiving over 75,000 cusecs of water till 10 am on Monday, which increased up to 88643 cusecs at 2.30 pm.
The water level in the Ukai dam was 340 feet at 12 pm. In just two hours, the water level rose to 341.31 feet.
Meanwhile, seven floodgates of the Bhadar-II dam near Dhoraji in Rajkot have been opened. The floodwaters being discharged from the dam are likely to flood low-lying areas of downstream Dhoraji taluka, a government release stated.
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