Published: Fri, July 28, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Modi to conduct aerial survey of flood-hit Gujarat

Modi to conduct aerial survey of flood-hit Gujarat

Rescue operations yesterday resumed in rain-hit areas of Rajasthan's Jalore district where 19 people have been rescued.

Rains have hit hard in southwest Indian as monsoon pours heavy water in Gujarat triggering a flood-like situation. An IAF chopper appears above him, dropping a rope, and he makes a slow, suspense-filled ascent, finally helped into the helicopter by the Air Force officers.

Relief and rescue operations were intensified in the badly-affected districts of Banaskantha and Patan after a let-up in rainfall, with 15 Indian Air Force helicopters and 10 National Disaster Response Force, 11 State Disaster Response Force and six Border Security Force teams working in the region, officials said.

Almost a dozen teams of the National Disaster Relief Force and at least four MI-17V5 helicopters of the Indian Air Force have launched rescue operations in the flooded state. On Tuesday the death toll related to rain incidents reached 83 with nine more deaths in Gujarat.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in the state till the morning of July 29.

"Three teams each from the NDRF base in Ghaziabad and Mundali (Odisha), and four teams from Araokkonam in Tamil Nadu are being airlifted to strengthen relief and rescue efforts". By Tuesday, over 20 highways going through Gujarat got waterlogged, bringing transportation to a standstill in the state.

Three districts of the other parched Rajasthan too were affected by the inclement weather. The Chotila area in Surendranagar district gauged a massive 350 mm of rains, the state government said.

Flood situation continues to remain grim in north Gujarat due to incessant rains.

"This is one of the largest deployment undertaken", Kumar said while describing how teams of NDRF, IAF, Army, BSF, SDRF and other agencies engaged in rescue activities. In all, entire Gujarat has registered 534 mm of rain, which is 66 per cent of its total usual seasonal average of 810 mm. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took an aerial survey of Gujarat.

"The release of water from the Vasna barrage into the river has also caused inundation of low-lying areas", she said. Waterlogging and damage to tracks in Palanpur resulted in the Rajdhani Express and the Agra Express being stopped at Mehsana.

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