Monsoon onset kills 45 across Gujarat
Ahmedabad: Heavy rains triggered by a deep depression in the weather system claimed as many 45 lives in Gujarat.
Amreli district was the worst hit by the rain fury as 13 people died when two houses collapsed in Nani Vaghaniya village near Bagasara town.
Saurashtra region was pounded by incessant rains with Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Rajkot and Ahmedabad among the worst-affected districts.
NDRF, Air Force and SRP teams were pressed into service at Gondal of Rajkot district and in Amreli district to rescue stranded people as many villages have been cut off and electricity supply has been disrupted.
According to state flood control room, three persons died in Bhavnagar, two in Gondal and three in Surat. Official report states that 28 persons have died in rain-related incidents from June 1 to June 23.
Residents of Bagasara, famed for its gold-plated imitation jewellery, remained on the edge as the town was pulverized by 636 mm rainfall in just 24 hours. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team rescued 85 stranded people in the town.
Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters air lifted 44 people after their bus got stuck in flood water on a state highway near Amreli.
Rescue teams also found bodies of two persons, who were missing along with five others from the bus.
Thousands of people have also been stranded as heavy rains triggered flash floods in rivers in Amreli, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Gir-Somnath districts. In Rajkot district, 4,121 people were shifted to safer locations from low-lying areas.
Ahmedabad city is also receiving heavy rains; some parts have recorded 200 mm of rainfall in the last four hours.
Amid reports of damage, however, there was some good news too in Saurashtra. The dams that had hit rock bottom were brimming, much to the relief of water-starved people. In fact, Bhadar dam, the region's biggest, is overflowing in just nine days of monsoon onset.
(With inputs from agencies)