Heavy rains affects several states; 70 dead in Gujarat

RSTV Bureau
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A vehicle stuck in debris after a landslide occurred on the Jammu-Srinagar highway due to heavy rainfall in Ramban district of J&K on Thursday.

At least 70 people have died in Gujarat due to heavy rainfall and a serious flood-like situation in many parts of the state. Amreli remains the worst affected district with 26 casualties and large number of residential structures submerged in water.

“Around 70 people died due to heavy rains,” Gujarat Health minister and the state government spokesperson Nitin Patel made an official announcement about the serious situation.

Apart from Amreli, the districts of Bharuch, Jamnagar, Kutch and Rajkot too face a grim situation due to the flood-like situation. At least five deaths were reported in each of the four districts according to the Gujarat state emergency control room.

With crises looming large in the state cited for its development index, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday conducted an aerial review of several parts of the Saurashtra region, like Amreli and Gondal, which are badly flooded due to heavy rains.

The state government has now has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased. The government has also assured victims an additional aid for the damages caused to their property and livestock.

“We have decided to give a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to families of all the deceased. In addition, we have also decided to give cash doles for the next ten days to people in affected areas,”” Nitin Patel added.

Besides, deaths were reported from several other parts of the state as well. Four have died in Devbhoomi-Dwarka, while three deaths each have been registered in the districts of Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Surendranagar. Two deaths were registered in Dahod, Mehsana, Morbi and Surat, while one death each has been registered in Kheda, Porbandar, and Valsad, as per official figures.

Meanwhile, heavy rains have wrecked havoc in other parts of the country too. Incessant rains in many parts of Uttarakhand have affected the holy Chardham Yatra. Though no casualties are reported but the pilgrimage to Kedarnath and Badrinath has been halted with MeT department predicting more rains and fears of landslides in the higher altitudes areas over next two days. Uttarakhand was badly affected by the 2013 flashfloods where more than five thousand lives were lost along with heavy damage to the property.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir, yet to recover from the heavy flooding last year, too is on the receiving end of the heavy rainfall. The state authorities have to order the closure of JK national highway after landslides were reported at several places between Banihal and Peera sectors. However, the water level of Jhelum is now receding after crossing the danger mark on Thursday morning.

(With inputs from the PTI)