A bridge over the Phofal river collapsed, blocking the road connecting Jam Kandorna and Gondal in Rajkot district, officials said.
Flooding. (symbolic photo)
Rajkot and Jamnagar districts of Gujarat received heavy rains during the last 24 hours and more than 200 people trapped in the floods were rescued while more than 7,000 people were shifted to safer places in both the districts. The officers provided this information. Besides a national highway in Jamnagar, 18 state highways passing through Rajkot, Jamnagar and Junagadh districts of Saurashtra region were closed due to floods, affecting traffic, he said. He said that after heavy rains the connectivity of many villages has been cut off from the roads.
A bridge over the Phofal river collapsed, blocking the road connecting Jam Kandorna and Gondal in Rajkot district, officials said. After overnight rains in Rajkot and Jamnagar, the rain in both the districts reduced slightly on Tuesday, while the neighboring Junagadh district received heavy rain during the day.
rescue operation underway
Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) officials said that Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel will visit Rajkot and Jamnagar districts to take stock of the situation. Indian Air Force (IAF), to assist in the relief and rescue operations being carried out by teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in the two districts badly hit by heavy rains, according to officials. The Navy and Coast Guard were called in.
Rajkot’s Lodhika taluka received the highest rainfall of 516 mm (mm) in the state during the 24-hour period ending at 6 am on Tuesday, the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) said in a fresh bulletin. The SEOC said that Visavadar taluka of Junagadh district of Saurashtra received 468 mm of rain, while Kalavad in Jamnagar received 406 mm, Rajkot taluka 325 mm and Dhoraji in Rajkot received 250 mm of rain.
People were rescued by Airforce helicopter
Officials said that Indian Air Force helicopters rescued 22 people stranded at several places in Jamnagar district. A total of 150 people were rescued in the district. He said that the Air Force also rescued seven villagers in Rajkot while a total of 56 people were rescued in the district. Rajkot District Magistrate Arun Mahesh Babu said, “A Navy team is assisting in the operation to trace two people who went missing after their car was washed away by strong water in Rajkot on Monday.”
Jamnagar District Magistrate Saurabh Pardhi said teams of the Navy and Coast Guard also helped the Jamnagar administration to rescue 150 to 160 people in the city as local rescue teams could not reach there due to the rise in water level. Gujarat has received only 69.24 percent of the normal rainfall during the monsoon season.
According to the data released by SEOC, Gujarat has received 219.2 mm of rain so far this month. 65.3 mm in August, 176.7 mm in July and 120.4 mm in June.
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