Torrential rains pounded parts of Gujarat today, leading to a deluge-like situation at several places, resulting in the death of one person, officials said today.
Official sources said that Rajkot in Saurashtra region had received 22 inches of rainfall in just over eight hours ending 11 am on Saturday. For Rajkot, it is considered as a soaking of a decade since it was nearly ten years ago that the city had received such rains.
With more rains forecast in the next 24 hours, district administrations have put NDRF teams on alert.
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More than 2,000 people have been rescued from low-lying areas in the region and shifted to safer locations, he added. Hundreds of people in these three districts were shifted to safer places from low-lying areas near rivers and dams. As many as 20 villages of Sayla taluka in Surendranagar district remained cut off from the district whereas diversions and alternate routes were being created in Banaskantha, Tharad and Vav to ensure that they did not remain cut-off. Following heavy rains, Aji and Macchu rivers in Rajkot and Surendranagar districts respectively, have swelled. Rains threw normal life out of gear in these districts, and the Air Force and the National Disaster Response Force were pressed into service to rescue people. Rajkot administration said the district disaster team was conducting rescue operation in low-lying areas.
During the review meeting, Rupani instructed the state administration to remain extra alert as the weather department has given a warning of heavy rains in Gujarat in the next 48 hours. "The NDRF teams have been stationed in Tankar, Chotila and Valsad, Surat of South Gujarat and Palanpur in north Gujarat", an official release said.
According to the figures arriving from State Emergency Operation Centre, as on 8am today, 7 reservoirs have been put on high alert while 5 are put on alert. Rupani also reviewed situation vis-a-vis water received in rivers-dams, migration, roads and water level at various dams. Alert has been issued for Dholi in Bharuch district, Und-2 in Jamnagar, Aji 2 in Rajkot, Dholidhaja in Surendranagar.