Gujarat floods: 25000 people evacuated as heavy rain lash state

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In northern Gujarat, heavy rains caused the Sabarmati river to overflow, while several dams have overflowed in neighbouring Rajasthan, where at least 10 people have died in the last two days due to drowning or houses collapsing.

Receding flood waters in Banaskantha laid bare a massive tragedy in Khariya village of Kankrej taluka on Wednesday when 17 bodies -all close relatives -were recovered on the bank of Banas river.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, has stationed himself in state flood control room to supervise the operations. The Indian Army rescued as many as 29 passengers from a bus from Godan-Badanwari road on Wednesday night.

The Army, IAF, NDRF and local teams have intensified rescue and relief operations as several parts of the two districts are inundated.

An extra responsive team of IAF and NDRF has been placed in position if the situation escalates in the state. As many as 11,000 people were evacuated exclusively from Banaskantha district alone, NDTV reported.

Apart from Gujarat, the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have been hard-hit by monsoon flooding, while pockets of the eastern states of Odisha and Bihar have also been affected.

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While over 200 people stranded in floods have been rescued by the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies, the state administration has shifted more than 6000 residents of low lying areas.

According to the newspaper Times of India most affected by the number of victims is now the state of Gujarat, located on the West coast.

Banaskantha, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad, Morbi, Gandhinagar, Kutch, Mehsana and Valsad were among the districts hit by the large-scale flooding.

As many as 400 villages in Saurashtra went without power because of heavy rains last week. "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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently conducted an aerial survey of the affected areas and announced interim assistance of Rs 500 crore for the state. We are also taking the help of the Air Force whenever required.

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