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Heavy rain lashes south Gujarat, 89 families evacuated from low lying areas in Surat

PTI  Ahmedabad, September 24, 2013
First Published: 10:51 IST(24/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:53 IST(24/9/2013)

Families had to be evacuated from low lying areas of Surat, after one person died in a wall collapse in Jhagadia in Bharuch, due to heavy rains lashing South Gujarat and central Gujarat on Monday, district authorities said.

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Heavy rains in Surat city forced the district administration to shift 89 families from low-lying areas to safer places, the officials said.

"Eighty nine families residing in low-lying areas of Surat city have been shifted to a school in Adajan area and provided with basic facilities there," Surat district collector J Shivhare said.

Meanwhile, one person died in a wall collapse on Monday in Jhagadia in Bharuch, the district collector informed.

"A 22-year-old man died in a wall collapse in Bharuch district's Jhagadia taluka," Bharuch collector Avantika Singh said.

Surat collector Shivhare said that less rain over the upper and lower catchment areas of the Ukai Dam on the Tapi river since the afternoon has led to receding water level. As a precautionary measure, he said that some families, who feared that the water would enter their homes, shifted themselves to a nearby school.

The Bharuch collector said that the situation is being monitored continuously in the district and that incessant rains have hampered receding of water in the city.

"The water level on Golden Bridge which connects Bharuch with the industrial city of Ankleshwar touched 27.2 feet," Singh said.

Ahmedabad and other areas of central Gujarat also received heavy rains resulting in waterlogging and cancellation of the Champions League 20-20 cricket match here.

Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) attributed the recent spell of heavy rains in Gujarat to a low pressure area over the central parts of South Madhya Pradesh and its adjoining areas.

"An upper air cyclonic circulation, which still lies over south Madhya Pradesh and neighbourhood extending upto 4.5 km, will result in heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours. This upper air cyclonic circulation is expected to shift to Saurashtra and Kutch area in the coming days," IMD regional director Jayant Sarkar said.

The IMD also advised fishermen not to venture into the sea for the next 24 hours.


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