As monsoon moves over to the north, northern districts of the state such as Idar, Deesa should get ready to witness heavy rain for the next 24 hours. During the last 24 hours, at least 12 talukas of Banaskantha, Patan and Sabarkantha districts received over 200mm of rainfall, a release issued by the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) said. Though rains are likely to reduce but moderate rains with one or two heavy rains will still continue.
A cyclist wades through a flooded road following heavy rainfall in Ahmedabad on Thursday. While teams of National Disaster Response Force, and other rescue agencies are at work, the Air Force has been kept on stand-by to evacuate people. Since Tuesday three lakh food packets have been dropped in Banaskantha, while an additional 18000 food packets dropped in neighbouring Patan district. "If we find bodies, we will tagging them using the GPS system and further action will be initiated", said Pankaj Kumar, Principal Secretary, Revenue department who has been overlooking the rescue and relief activities.
In addition to Gujarat, the States of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have been severely affected by the monsoon, as well as pockets in the States of Odisha and Bihar. The road and rail network has also been affected in the region.
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"NDRF rescued 450 persons on Tuesday, 56 on Wednesday; IAF 114 on Tuesday, and 40 on Wednesday, while Army rescued 580 persons on Tuesday and 214 on Wednesday, " the minister said. 10,300 people have been evacuated from Banaskantha, 9790 from Patan district and another 950 people from Morbi district.
The rescue operations in flood-hit Gujarat are on in full swing. Of the 203 reservoirs in the state, high alerted has been declared for 39. Narmada Mahotsav and Swagat Online program scheduled on tomorrow also cancelled due to heavy rain and flood. In all, entire Gujarat has registered 534 mm of rain, which is 66 per cent of its total usual seasonal average of 810 mm.