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27 July 2017, 06:31 | Lucy Hill

Incessant Rains Trigger Flood-Like Situation In Gujarat, NDRF Rescues 200 Stranded People

Around 2,245 people were evacuated from flood-affected areas and shifted to safer locations. File

The district administrations of Ranchi, East Singhbhum, Hazaribagh, Bokaro and Giridih have declared a holiday on Wednesday for students up to class 8 in view of incessant rains, official sources said.

Apart from disaster response force teams, authorities have sought help from Indian army and Air Force for relief and rescue in the affected areas of Banaskantha and Patan districts in the north of Gujarat.

The maximum number of deaths have been clocked in Banaskantha district, where 28 persons have died in the last three days since July 4.

NDRF along with Air Force has been pressed into the rescue operation, however, ongoing rains are hampering the relief work.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari announced a Rs 200 crore initial package for the immediate fix of national highways damaged in the flood-hit state, the English daily reported. More than 30,000 people have been relocated from low lying areas while around 2,500 people who were stranded in flood waters were rescued.

More than 36,000 people have been evacuated during the rescue and relief operations.

State government officials also said with rain-situation easing on Wednesday, sanitary teams from different municipal corporations including from Surat will be rushed to Banaskantha district to ensure cleanliness and sanitation.

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The brighter side of the flood situation is that several dams in drought-prone Saurashtra and northern Gujarat regions are filling up.

According to Pamkaj Kumar, more than two lakh food packets have been sent to Banaskantha, worst hit district, for distribution from various places.

As the flood water started to recede, at least 16 bodies were found from river Banas near Runi Kharia village in flood-hit Banaskantha district.

Several villages in the Barmer district are submerged under the water following damaged of a part of the Narmada canal which affected the normal life in the areas.

People stand on the promenade along the flooded Sabarmati river after heavy rain in Ahmedabad, India, Jul 25, 2017. The Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express was forced to go back to Ahmedabad from Mehsana.

In the neighboring state of Gujarat, at least 29 people have died amid torrential rains.

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