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Gujarat disaster mechanism on alert

The Gujarat govt has instructed its disaster management wing to remain on alert following a forecast of heavy rains.
None | By Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2006 10:56 PM IST

The Gujarat government has instructed its disaster management wing and all district administrations to remain on alert for the next 48 hours following a forecast of heavy rains, officials said on Sunday.

The instructions were issued at a review meeting called by Chief Minister Narendra Modi to assess the situation following heavy rains in the state over the past three days.

More than 25,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in south and central Gujarat, which have been affected the most by heavy rains.

Modi made a district-wise assessment of the situation in Surat, Valsad, Navsari, Vadodara and Anand districts in south and central Gujarat.

There were 10 deaths in the state in rain-related incidents in the past three days, while a total of 44 people have died during this monsoon from the beginning of July, officials said.

Traffic has been disrupted on 147 major and minor roads that were innundated by flood waters. However, officials said that these roads would be cleared in a few hours as the waters would subside automatically.

Some villages of Anand district have been without power following heavy rains on Saturday night. Officials have assured the Chief Minister that the supply of power would be restored by Sunday night.

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