Gujarat floods: IAF, NDRF carry out rescue work

RSTV Bureau
Gujarat: Army personnel rescue villagers, who were stuck in the flooded villages due to heavy downpour at Surendranagar district, in Gujarat on Saturday. PTI Photo

Gujarat: Army personnel rescue villagers, who were stuck in the flooded villages due to heavy downpour at Surendranagar district, in Gujarat on Saturday. PTI Photo

Heavy rains created a flood-like situation in several parts of Gujarat, leaving three persons dead.

Surendranagar, Rajkot and Morbi districts in Saurashtra region were the worst affected by the heavy rains. The IAF, and the NDRF along with district authorities conducted massive relief and rescue operations at different places.

Rail and road traffic in Saurashtra region were disrupted as over a dozen state highways were affected and several trains cancelled due to waterlogging in Maliya Miyana town of Morbi district which threw normal life out of gear.

As many as 214 people, who were stranded at different places in these affected districts, were rescued.

Morbi district disaster relief team officials said Maliya Miyana village was flooded after water was released from Machhu 2 and 3 dams and around 50 persons were rescued.

Ten gates of Machhu-2 and 14 gates of Machhu-3 dams were opened, leading to release of 55,000 cusec and 59,000 cusec of water respectively, they said.

“Two hundred people were rescued from different parts of the district by NDRF, IAF and fire brigade teams,” Morbi District Collector I K Patel said.

Three persons died after being swept away by water at Jasdan taluka in Rajkot, Lathi in Amreli, and Junagadh, a state emergency operations centre official said.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who headed a disaster review meeting, told reporters that Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Somnath districts in Saurashtra received heavy rainfall.

As many as 65 roads and 10 state highways were damaged due to the rains, he said.

“NDRF, IAF and state rescue teams have so far rescued 214 people, stranded at different places,” Rupani said, adding that 6,235 people have been shifted at safer places from low lying areas near rivers and dams.

According to Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner B N Pani, a two-storey building in Hathikhana area of the city collapsed but there was no casualty.

Surendranagar is the worst affected district in the Saurashtra region as over 350 mm rainfall was recorded in the temple town of Chotila.

The Indian Air Force, in a release, said four MI-17V5 helicopters were deployed for rescue and relief operation in different areas of Surendranagar and Morbi districts.

“In all, four IAF helicopters were today engaged in rescue and relief work. More requests have been received from the civil administration as reports last came in with three aircrafts currently engaged in ongoing missions at various locations,” it said.

The NDRF said its teams carried out rescue operations in Limdi and Chotila talukas of Surendranagar district, where five persons were evacuated to safer places, six persons were shifted to safety in Rajkot, and 15 in Amreli.

According to MET office, Gujarat is likely to get light to moderate rains in the next four days while heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted in isolated areas.

(With inputs from PTI)