28 July, 2017
At least 48 people have been killed as large swaths of western India have been lashed by heavy monsoon rains and flooding.
India's Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rain over both states for the rest of the week.
Following the release of water from the Dharoi dam into the Sabarmati river, teams of the district administration and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shifted around 10,000 people, including almost 2,500 from 11 locations within the city, during the morning hours, collector Avantika Singh said. The toll may go up as rescue operations are on. Efforts were on to evacuate 30-40 more from Sirohi and Jhabadiya village in north Gujarat, Defence Ministry spokesperson Wing Commander Abhishek Matimaan said.
Meanwhile, in Assam, 60,000 people are affected in districts such as Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Barpeta, Biswanath, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Morigaon, Golaghat and Nagaon due to floods.
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Heavy showers pounded parts of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, and affected normal life in the metro cities of Kolkata and Mumbai. AIR correspondent reports that NGOs and Voluntary organisations have come out in big numbers for sending relief materials to the affected people.
On Wednesday, around 650 more people were rescued from villages of the district by various agencies.
The Centre Thursday rushed 10 additional NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams to Gujarat, which is reeling under floods and heavy rains, a senior official said. In all, entire Gujarat has registered 534 mm of rain, which is 66 per cent of its total usual seasonal average of 810 mm.
It is reported 20 Gujarat state highways are submerged, while train services between the state capital Ahmedabad and New Delhi have been suspended after tracks flooded. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has placed its resources on standby and is also keeping a close watch on the flood situation in the country.