Swift action by IAF, NDRF, State police gives lease of life to thousands affected in Gujarat flood
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 25-Jul-2017

Gandhinagar, July 25: More than 30 thousand people shifted to safer places following heavy Rain and flood in Gujarat. Incessant rains in some districts of Saurashthra and Surendranagar since Friday evening in Gujarat have been wreaking havoc that has left hundreds stranded.

It was reported that the Chotila town in Surendranagar recorded the highest rainfall of 350 mm, while Vadia in Amreli district received over 250 mm rainfall.

Concerning the flood affected people Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited Gandhinagar State Control Room and reviewed the flood situation. He also visited Deesa to personally review the flood control measures in Banaskantha district.

Government’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is taking the initiative of rescuing people who are affected by floods to the safer areas. Rescue operations being carried out by 4 teams of National Disaster Response Force, two teams of State Disaster Response Force, two teams of State Reserve Police Force and 60 Armies along with boats.

CM Rupani thanked NDMA for the helping hand extended to rescue flood-hit people.

At present, the flood situation in Banaskantha district is that all the 14 tehsils are affected. A rescue operation is still going on as over 33,000 persons evacuated to 12 relief camps.

The Minister appeal citizens to have patience as emergency services have been inundated with several requests for help.

Previously on Monday, Indian Army reached Deesa in Banaskantha district for rescue and relief work.

State Environment Minister Shankar Chaudhary‏ monitored the ongoing rescue operations done by National Disaster Response Force with MI-17 V5 helicopters across Banaskantha.

Environment Minister informed, “Narmada's main canal near Khariya village of Banaskantha has been damaged due to heavy rainfall”. He also requested everyone who is nearby the area to stay alerted.

Chaudhary also informed that state has launched a helpline service for the citizens of Gujarat due to heavy rainfall. Now they can call on 079-23276944 for help. There are several other helplines, which are as follow: