Gandhinagar : Heavy rains lashed Gujarat through Friday onto Saturday with rivers from South Gujarat to Saurashtra in spate, dams overflowing and relief & rescue operations underway in the state.
Official sources confirmed three rains related deaths and the Indian Air Force as well as the National Disaster Rescue Force((NDRF) have been pressed into service for rescue of the flood marooned population. Over 5000 people have been moved to safety.
Heavy rains battered the state. True to the Meteorology department predictions, 12 districts received over 100 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. The state has so far received 270 mm or 33.4 per cent rains as compared to 20 per cent it received last year, said Pankaj Kumar, principal secretary of the Revenue department of the state.
Official sources said that Rajkot in Saurashtra region had received 22 inches of rainfall in just over eight hours ending 11 am on Saturday. For Rajkot, it is considered as a soaking of a decade since it was almost ten years ago that the city had received such rains. Other towns in the region to experience heavy rains are Tankara (17 inches), Rapar (11 inches), Padadhari-Mundra-Anjar (six inches) in the last 24 hours.
Deesa in North Gujarat has recorded 109 mm of rains.
Two teams of the NDRF have been called out in Chotila district. The Highway between Surendranagar and Limbdi has been closed and over 31 roads have been closed to traffic due to inundation as a precautionary measure and 150 villages were without power.
Official sources said river 1500 people have been moved to safer places in Morbi district and 1400 relocated in Tankara. Reports from South Gujarat also spoke of administration moving people to safer grounds in Valsad and Surat district with most rivers in spate.
The Met office predicts heavy rains in Gujarat over the next 24 hours.