Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Gujarat: Flood in low-lying areas after heavy rains, NDRF rescues stranded people

Heavy rains continued in some parts of Gujarat on Monday, inundating many low-lying areas and leaving people stranded. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials have joined the rescue operation in flood-hit areas of Jamnagar. An Indian Air Force chopper rescued people trapped in flood waters in Dushasia village of Jamnagar.

Around 300 people have been evacuated from the low-lying areas of Gondal and Uplet talukas of Rajkot, a government release said. Rajkot Municipal Corporation has said that a total of 1,090 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas of the city till 2 pm. Rajkot city and surrounding areas, Schools and colleges have been ordered to close After the roads were waterlogged, vehicular movement was disrupted and normal life came to a standstill.

Rajkot Municipal Corporation has said that a total of 1,090 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas of the city till 2 pm. Following the directions issued by newly-sworn Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, several teams of NDRF battalions from Vadodara were moved to Jamnagar on Monday, an NDRF spokesperson said.

NDRF teams have been deployed in Kalavad taluka of Jamnagar to rescue the stranded people. NDRF said that on Monday 6. NDRF battalion (Vadodara unit) has rescued a total of 41 people, including 13 women, 11 men and seven children, from flood-affected areas of Kalavadi river in Jamnagar.

The water level of Ukai Dam is just 3 feet near the danger mark of 345 feet. After seeing heavy inflow of water in the upstream areas, 53,000 cusecs of water was released by the officials in the afternoon.

RajkotNyari Dam in Rajkot overflowed after heavy rains. The dam has sufficient water storage to meet the needs of irrigation, industrial and domestic purposes of Surat, Navsari, Ankleshwar and Valsad for the next two years. Due to heavy rains in the upstream areas of the dam in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, the dam started receiving more than 75,000 cusecs of water till 10 am on Monday, which increased to 88643 cusecs at 2.30 pm.

At 12 noon, the water level in the Ukai dam was 340 feet. The water level rose to 341.31 feet in just two hours. Meanwhile, seven floodgates of Bhadar-II dam near Dhoraji in Rajkot have been opened. A government release said that the flood waters being released from the dam are likely to flood the low-lying areas of downstream Dhoraji taluka.