PM to carry out aerial survey of flood-hit North Gujarat

While the Air Force has been kept on standby and rescue agencies are at work like teams of National Disaster Response Force and other, to evacuate people.

According to authorities, the overflowing of the Dantiwada and Sipu dams has worsened the situation.

An extra responsive team of IAF and NDRF has been placed in position if the situation escalates in the state.

In Banaskantha district, 11,000 people have been evacuated. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani conducted an aerial survey in parts of Surendranagar district to take stock of the situation, an official release said.

As many as 25,000 people were shifted, mostly in Banaskantha, Gujarat, as the district faced its worst floods in recent years.

Almost 90,000 people are bearing the brunt of the floods in 11 districts of the state, according to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Banaskantha too registered 56.61 per cent of the total expected rainfall, State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) said in a report.

"PM then made a decision to undertake an aerial survey of flood affected areas of North Gujarat this afternoon, after the swearing-in ceremony for the new President", read an official statement. The district administration has sounded a high alert and advised people not to venture out.

Skymet Weather has evaluates the cause of the heavy rain to be a low-pressure area over South Gujarat.

According to State Emergency Operation Centre, the state has received almost 46 per cent of its average monsoon rainfall of 810 mm till July 21. Read Also No "Model State" this The Indian Army joined rescue and relief operation in Deesa, Banaskantha where 7,000 persons were shifted to safe places. Howrah, Hooghly, West and East Midnapur, and parts of Birbhum, Purulia and Bankura districts, besides Kolkata, experienced heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued forecast of Light to moderate rain or thundershowers very likely at most places in the districts of Gujarat region, Saurashtra, Kutch and in Diu, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli till the morning of July 27.

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