Heavy Rains Hit Gujarat: 2 Dead, Nearly 1,900 Shifted To Safer Places

| July 18 , 2018 , 19:45 IST

Heavy rains continued to lash the state of Gujarat and resulted in the death of 2 people while few were feared of drowning and almost 1,900 people have moved to safer places from south Gujarat and few regions of the Saurashtra.

According to media reports,  people were relocated from sites of Navsari, Gir Somnath, Surat, and Bhavnagar, and other districts, by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and other rescue teams till Tuesday evening.  

The Met department has said that heavy rains are likely to be experienced in south Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat over the next five days due to a cyclonic circulation over the Arabian Sea.

Heavy rains affected Rajkot city and surrounding areas as the city recorded as much as 177 mm rain in the last 12 hours till 6 am on Tuesday whereas more than 500 residents of Chikhli Billimora, Vansda, Gandevi in Navsari districts were affected by swelling of Ambika and Kaveri rivers.

According to the Government officials, Ambika river had crossed the danger mark of 28 feet and was flowing at 28.20 ft, while Kaveri river was flowing at 17 ft which were just 2 feet below of danger level.

Neighbouring cities like Una also lashed by 177.8mm rain overnight whereas Junagadh district, and Manavadar received 279.4mm rain in 12 hours till 6 pm on Tuesday, resulted in floods in many villages.

Government officials also revealed that two national highways, 12 state highways have been closed. The power supply has been disrupted at 113 villages.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Gujarat on July 20 has been postponed due to heavy rains in across the state.