Rains Batter Mumbai, Kolkata; 3 Dead In Gujarat

Rains Batter Mumbai, Kolkata; 3 Dead In Gujarat
Rains Batter Mumbai, Kolkata; 3 Dead In Gujarat
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28 July, 2017

Heavy rains pounded Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar districts today, disrupting rail and road traffic, even as people dissatisfied with relief measures clashed with police in Arvalli district. Many private offices and shops did not open till late in the afternoon due to heavy rains.

A cyclist wades through a flooded road following heavy rainfall in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Following the release of water from the Dharoi dam into the Sabarmati river, teams of the district administration and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shifted around 10,000 people, including almost 2,500 from 11 locations within the city, during the morning hours, collector Avantika Singh said.

According to Pamkaj Kumar, more than two lakh food packets have been sent to Banaskantha, worst hit district, for distribution from various places.

"Three teams each from the NDRF base in Ghaziabad and Mundali (Odisha), and four teams from Araokkonam in Tamil Nadu are being airlifted to strengthen relief and rescue efforts".

Monsoon flooding also hit India's northeastern Assam, affecting almost 1.9 million people and killing at least 70.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conduct an aerial survey of the flood situation in Gujarat.

The state government is also planning to bring in divers from the Indian Navy for assistance in flooded regions of Banaskantha. Two people - a mother and daughter - were killed in Udaipur as Army and Air Force contingents rushed in to help with flood relief work in both Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel Modi accompanied Modi on the aerial survey.

On Sunday, the Indian Air Force evacuated a woman who had just delivered twins and another pregnant woman from the remote Nana Matra village in Gujarat's Rajkot district.

At least three persons were injured when an old house crumbled in the Old City area last night, while over five dozen trees were uprooted. By Tuesday, over 20 highways going through Gujarat got waterlogged, bringing transportation to a standstill in the state.

The state, meanwhile, continued to see relatively milder amount of rains on Wednesday, with an average rain of seasonal rains reaching 555.2 mm or 68.52%.


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