Gujrat gears up to meet heavy rains warning

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Ahmedabad, Jul 1 (UNI) Weather office today issued heavy to very heavy rainfall warning for parts of Saurashtra and South Gujarat during the next 36 hours.

In its bulletin, it said moderate to rather heavy rainfall is likely in all districts of Gujarat during the next 24 hours.

Heavy rains lashed Ahmedabad and other parts of the state this evening.

According to the forecast issued by the Indian Meteorology Department IMD, the offshore trough, responsible for rainfall in coastal parts, has been extended from Gujarat coast to Kerala coast with embedded cyclonic circulation over northeast Arabian Sea and under this scenario, widespread heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely over south Gujarat and Saurashtra region, during the next 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the state fire department has also geared up for the monsoon season and have been conducting drills on the banks of Sabarmati river here.

Fire department has got 10 new boats for rescue operations from the Gujarat Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), which are being tested and will be sent to different districts. These are special boats, which will be used for rescue operations.

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