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Rain toll in Gujarat touches 28

Rain continues to batter several areas of the state for the third consecutive day.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2007 21:04 IST

Rain continued to wreak havoc in Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions for the third consecutive day, forcing the administration to evacuate people from low-lying areas, even as the death toll in rain related incidents in the past three days rose to 28.

The worst affected areas were Jamnagar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts of Saurashtra while districts of South Gujarat including Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat and Navsari has been receiving torrential downpour.

About 10 persons died in different rain-related incidents in Jamnagar on Monday, official sources said.

Similarly four persons died in Junagadh district due to drowning. This has raised the death toll to 28.

According to flood control department officials, rains have claimed more than 60 lives in Gujarat since June 2007 with majority of them losing their life to lightning.

Several dams in the state including the Sardar Sarovar dam built on Narmada river, has been overflowing.

Army has been asked to remain on standby to provide assistance to the people.

The district administration in Junagadh has evacuated over 3,500 persons from 14 affected villages most of which are situated on the banks of the Ozat river.

The rail traffic has been affected from both the sides, after flood waters washed off a section of the tracks in Junagadh district.

First Published: Jul 03, 2007 14:23 IST