Floods wreak havoc in country: Gujarat, Rajasthan worst hit, Assam recovers
According to the MeT department, several parts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till Friday.india Updated: Jul 27, 2017 20:22 IST
Heavy rains led to flood-like situations in several parts of the country with at least 29 people dead in Gujarat on Thursday and four of a family swept away by gushing waters in Jharkhand even as things improved slightly in deluge-affected Assam.
According to the MeT department, several parts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are expected to receive “heavy to very heavy rainfall” till Friday.
The death toll in the current monsoon season in Gujarat stood at 123, officials said. The Centre rushed 10 additional NDRF teams to the state on Thursday.
Prior to the 29 deaths, reported from Kankrej and Dhanera talukas of Banaskantha on Thursday, 94 people had lost their lives in various rain-related reasons in the state till Wednesday, said principal secretary, revenue, Pankaj Kumar.
“The bodies of 17 people, including 14 of a family, were found at Kharia and a nearby village of the Kankrej taluka today. At Dhanera, the authorities found seven bodies in the early hours from Sihori village, while two more bodies were found later,” Kumar told a press conference.
Besides, two persons lost their lives in Palanpur town of Banaskantha due to a wall collapse, while one more person died in a similar incident at a nearby village, he added.
The police found 25 bodies, while another body was found by the locals later.
“More bodies are likely to be found as the water recedes in over a dozen villages located along the banks of the Banas river,” said AD Parmar, inspector, Thara Police Station, under which Kharia falls.
Kharia and Sihori, both situated along the banks of the Banas, were severely inundated after water from the Dantiwada dam on the river was released on Tuesday.
Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said the state had already received 555.02 mm of rain, which is around 68.52% of the expected annual rainfall of Gujarat.
“In the last two days, as many as 1,930 people have been rescued by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Air Force, Army, BSF and our own administration in north Gujarat. Over the last one week, as many as 53,004 people were also shifted to safer locations,” said Chudasama.
The Gujarat government announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased, in addition to the Rs 2 lakh compensation announced by the Centre.
Around 1.5 lakh cusecs of water was released from the dam following heavy rains in neighbouring Rajasthan, which resulted in inundation of several villages along the banks of the river in Banaskantha.
State emergency operation centre officials said as per the latest figures available with them - excluding the 25 deaths reported today - eight people had died in Banaskantha and Patan districts in the last two days due to the floods.
In Rajasthan, the army rescued 27 people from areas which faced flood-like situation over the last two days due to heavy downpour even as the situation improved gradually.
As many as 15 people were killed in rain-related incidents, 640 were rescued and 2,225 evacuated to safer places in Jalore, Sirohi, Pali and Barmer districts since Monday, an official has said.
Meanwhile, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Jodhpur and Udaipur divisions since Wednesday while the weatherman has warned of heavy rainfall in southeast and southwest parts of the state till Friday.
The flood situation in Assam improved substantially even as over 13,000 people across seven districts in the state were still affected. Altogether 79 people have lost their lives in flood-related incidents.
Till Wednesday, 23,000 people in nine districts were affected by the deluge.
The authorities are running 14 relief camps and distribution centres in five districts.
Currently, waters of Dhansiri river was flowing above the danger mark at Numaligarh in Golaghat.
In West Bengal, West Burdwan, Bankura and Purulia have received very heavy rains since Saturday, leading to inundation of several areas, with the rivers in this region are in spate.
In Himachal Pradesh, the under-construction south portal of Rohtang Tunnel near Dhundi, 25 km from Manali, was damaged by a massive landslide triggered by rains leading to blocking of the Manali-Rohtang highway.
In Jharkhand, an ambulance with four members of a family were washed away by the waters from the overflowing Koel river in Lohardaga district.