Monsoon fury lashes Gujarat, Gir Somnath swamped with 14 inches of rain

Gujarat is bracing for trouble after heavy rain left many places across the state submerged or water logged.Heavy rain forecast over the next two days can potentially worsen the situation.

india Updated: Jul 02, 2017 10:44 IST
Hiral Dave
Hiral Dave
Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad
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An auto-rickshaw moves through a waterlogged road after heavy rain in Ahmedabad.(REUTERS)

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) carried out rescue operations in several villages in Gujarat which were submerged or heavily water logged following torrential rain over the last 24 hours.

Parts of Gir Somnath, Morbi-Tankara and Wankaner- in Saurashtra and Banaskantha in north Gujarat have been severely affected in the rain. Fourteen inches of rain fell in Gir Somnath, 11 inches in Morbi-Tankara while Wankaner received 7 inches of rainfall since Saturday morning, the state government’s information department said on Sunday.

As many as 221 of total 250 talukas in the state recorded minimum 5 inches rainfall.

In Ahmedabad city, which saw around 2 inches of rain, a young two-wheeler rider named Prem Prakash Chauhan died after he reportedly fell in a water logged pit.

Chief minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday said that state disaster management department has been put on alert to tackle the situation.

“Khakhra village in Tankara was worse affected. Two persons were rescued when their car was drowning in Tankara,” said a disaster management official.

People residing in low-lying areas in affected districts have been shifted to safer places, officials said.

There is no immediate relief in sight with the Met office forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next for next two days.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 10:43 IST