Four dead, eight feared drowned in heavy rains

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Rajkot, Sep 25 (UNI) The heavy rains lashing Saurashtra region of Gujarat have claimed four lives and eight members of a family were feared drowned when their car was swept away today in swirling waters at Ranghoda village, about 28 kms away from Bhavnagar.

Amreli, Junagadh and Bhavnagar districts of the region continue to be pounded by the rains, leading to disruption of vehicular traffic after several areas were submerged under knee-deep water.

A motor-cyclist and his pillion rider were on their way to a farm yesterday when their vehicle skidded on Bhamodra road, near Savarkundla and fell into Navli river in Amreli district.

To save their lives, eight people had made a human chain but six of them could not stick to the chain and were swept away in swirling waters.

However, four of them were saved by people. Three of the four bodies were retrieved from the river and have been identified as Jayantibhai Thummar (45), his brother Chaturbhai (38), and Himatbhai Pipaliya (50). The body of Rajubhai Khokhar (29) could not be located by divers till late night, official reports said.

Heavy rains, ranging from 50 mms to 150 mms, were received in Khambha, Una, Chalala, Savarkundla, Bagasara, Lathi and Rajula in Junagadh and Amreli districts respectively.

In Bhavnagar district, 30 dams on small and medium rivers were overflowing.

The state flood control department has issued an alert in various places in the district.

Meanwhile, a search has been launched for the eight members of a Jain family, whose car was swept away in strong currents of Rangholi river. They were on their way to the pilgrimage centre of Palitana.

The car driver was saved by villagers, police said.


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