August 2, 2016 9:23:58 pm
The Coast Guard on Tuesday morning rescued 28 people stranded due to flooding in Valsad, Gujarat after overnight rains lashed the state. The Coast Guard Air Station in Daman received information about some people being trapped on a roof top as water level at Auranga river rose one metre above the danger mark. A Coast Guard Chetak helicopter was quickly pressed into action to rescue the people within 15 minutes of receiving the information. Braving strong winds and inclement weather, the helicopter crew rescued a total of 28 persons and shifted them to a safe location.
“The helicopter crew quickly assimilated the situation and also identified a safe location for shifting the stranded personnel,” a press release by the Coast Guard said. The rescue operation is still underway as many more are feared stranded due to continued flooding in the area.
Earlier today, three persons drowned at Bhagrawada village in coastal Valsad, while two other drowned in Orsang river near Bodeli in Chhota Udepur district, dustrict officials said. Three bodies have been fished out while operation was on to find other two, they said.
In south Gujarat, Valsad received 245 mm rainfall in 24 hours till this morning, Navsari 96 mm, Dangs 104 mm of rainfall. Chhota Udepur in east-central Gujarat received 28 mm rainfall. The state has received 299.27 mm rainfall, or 37.55 per cent of average rainfall.
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