Around two weeks after flash floods ravaged the district, two more human bodies were recovered from the banks of Shetrunji river in Liliya taluka of Amreli district on Monday, taking the death toll to 47.
Cattle-herders grazing their cattle near the banks of Shetrunji river in Krakach village spotted the bodies lying at different spots near the confluence of Shetrunji and Gagadio rivers at around 3 PM and alerted police.
The bodies, partially covered with mud were found from either side of Amreli-Gariyadhar state highway, police said.
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“One of the bodies has been identified to be that of one Ghanshyambhai Patel. We are in the process of ascertain the identity of the other body. With this, the death toll in the district due to floods has gone up to 46 plus one unidentified body,” superintendent of police of Amreli, Antrip Sood told The Indian Express.
The SP further said that with the recovery of two bodies, the number of persons missing since June 24 floods has come down to seven.
Dharmishtha Goswami, police sub-inspector of Liliya said that relatives of Patel identified him from the clothes he was wearing and his limbs. Patel, a 55-year-old farmer from Devaliya village of Amreli taluka, was reported missing after some parts of district received up to 26 inches of rain within a few hours and rivers swelled.
“The other body has almost decomposed and reduced almost to a skeleton. We are contacting relatives of those who are on the list of missing persons to establish its identity,” Goswami, who went on the spot to oversee recovery of the bodies said.
Bagasara, Kukavav and Amreli were the worst affected talukas of Amreli district after it was pounded by torrential rain under the influence of a deep depression which had developed in the Arabian sea.
More than 5000 cattle and hundreds of wild animals were also washed away in the flood. So far, carcasses of 11 Asiatic lions, the endangered species found only in Gir forest and adjoining area, have been recovered.
The incessant rain and subsequent flood also led to collapse of thousands of homes and damage to agricultural land.