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9 dead as heavy rainfall lashes in Gujarat, NDRF rescues 30 people

Heavy rainfall in Gujarat has resulted in the death of nine individuals while over 1900 people have been shifted to a safer place. The National Disaster Response Force is currently deployed at several high-risk areas for rescue operations.

With heavy rainfall continuing to wreak havoc in Gujarat, nine people have been reportedly killed and nearly 1900 have been shifted to a new safer place. The Gujarat rain has massively affected the low-lying areas especially the Saurashtra region.

On Monday, the National Disaster Response Force team rescued 30 people stranded from the heavily flood-affected areas in Chikali village of Morbi district. The NDRF is currently deployed in major
high-risk areas for rescue operations.

Gujarat has been facing one of the worst cases of incessant rainfalls for the past few days. The state has received more than 102 percent of the annual average rainfall till Monday morning as normal life stays disrupted. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, southwest Rajasthan and Gujarat were to face isolated extremely heavy rainfall.

Affected areas due to Gujarat rains

“The low-pressure area lies over central parts of south Rajasthan and neighborhood. It is very likely to move nearly westwards across west Rajasthan during the next 2 days and become less marked thereafter. However, the associated cyclonic circulation is likely to meander over the south Rajasthan neighborhood region for the subsequent 2-3 days. The monsoon is likely to remain active during the next 2-3 days,” the IMD said. In 24 hours ending Monday morning, 251 talukas in 33 districts received rains, including seven talukas that received over 200 mm rainfall in Jamnagar, Mehsana, Morbi, and Patan districts, it said.

The Met department said Gujarat is very likely to receive an “active wet spell” during August 24 and August 25. The IMD department also issued an advisory to fishermen in the north and south Gujarat coasts till Tuesday citing heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places.

Meanwhile, Gujarat has reached a total of over 87,600 COVID-19 cases. 2,908 individuals have been reported dead due to the virus. There have been at least 3,167,300 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in India as of Tuesday morning.

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