Death toll in India's Gujarat rains, flood rises to 94


The flood situation remains particularly dire in Gujarat, prompting an aerial survey by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as rescue operations remain in full force. At least four teams of the National Disaster Relief Force, two of the State Disaster Relief Force, another two of the State Reserve Police Force and one column of the Army were engaged in relief and rescue work.

Heavy rainfall has lashed Gujarat for three days now, throwing life out of gear in major cities, including Ahmedabad. "We have done everything possible", said Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, revenue minister who apprised media persons of the flood situation in the state.

Ranvijay Singh, a government official, says hundreds of rescuers using motor boats saved 789 people, including some pregnant women, from being swept away by the swirling flood waters in six districts in Gujarat state. The district administrations in Gandhinagar, Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha and Arvalli have directed all schools and educational institutes to remain closed on Wednesday in view of the weather department's warning for more rain.

Rescue operations are being carried out in flood-hit Jalore, Sirohi and Pali districts.

The state recorded 555.2 millimetres of rainfall, or 68.52 per cent of the average seasonal precipitation. In the evening, more rescue workers were sent into the affected areas.

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A dozen teams of NDRF have been stationed in various parts of North Gujarat and Saurashtra.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced a Rs 200 crore initial package for the immediate fix of national highways damaged in the flood-hit state, the English daily reported. Numerous helicopters are already conducting sorties and PM Modi announced 10 more Indian Air Force helicopters will be pressed into service.

Food packets and water bottles have also been dispatched to villages surrounded by water. The Dholidhaja, Vansal and Nimbam dams in Surendranagar; the Machchhu-1 and Ghodadharoi in Morbi; and the Kankawati dam in Jamnagar districts are at 90 percent capacity.

Heavy rains also pounded Ahmedabad which received over 100 mm of precipitation since last night.

Around 4,716 inmates are housed in 19 relief camps.Chief Secretary V K Pipersenia on Wednesday apprised a seven-member inter-ministerial Central team, on the prevailing floods and measures taken by the state government to deal with the situation.