25000 evacuated as massive flooding prompts high alert across Gujarat

Modi, who flew over the Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan districts of North Gujarat, said a team from the Urban Development and Rural Development Ministries would visit the state to assess the damage and suggest both short- and long-term measures.

The weather improved in Bengal on Tuesday with no heavy rain in most parts since last night.

A cyclist wades through a flooded road following heavy rainfall in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Since Tuesday three lakh food packets have been dropped in Banaskantha, while an additional 18000 food packets dropped in neighbouring Patan district. This death toll may go higher as more bodies may be discovered as the rescue operations in Gujarat are still going on.

According to reports, 70 people have died in Gujarat due to rains till now. As many as 11,000 people were evacuated exclusively from Banaskantha district alone, NDTV reported. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati had Modi of ignoring other states that also have been affected by the floods.

The Indian Army Contingents at work are accompanied by eleven Engineer Task Forces and three medical teams. We are also in the process of distributing over six lakh food packets to the affected people, " he said.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in the state till the morning of July 29. In all, entire Gujarat has registered 534 mm of rain, which is 66 per cent of its total usual seasonal average of 810 mm.

The Army and Air Force reached the flood-hit Deesa of Banaskantha districts for rescue operations.

Crews in boats rescued almost 800 people from the floods, some of whom were pregnant women, in six districts in Gujarat state, according to government official Ranvijay Singh.

It is reported 20 Gujarat state highways are submerged, while train services between the state capital Ahmedabad and New Delhi have been suspended after tracks flooded. The Rajkot-Ahmedabad national highway is also closed due to water-logging.

There is an inter-ministerial team in Assam for the ground zero assessment of the flood situation but the central government has failed to provide the required support or assistance to the state.

  • Jon Douglas