Incessant rains throw life out of gear in Veraval

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Veraval (Gujarat), July 25 (ANI): Torrential rains for over a week have thrown normal life out of gear in the port city of Veraval in Gujarat.

Consequently, schools and colleges have remained closed.

Floodwater entered many houses and shopping complexes in the city.

The worst sufferers among the traders are those whose establishments are at basement levels in commercial complexes.

"Last year, I had run into losses of hundreds of thousands of rupees because my shop was flooded.

This year too, I have incurred a heavy loss. The administration is just watching and doing nothing. If the administration had any contingency plan, the situation would not have become so bad," complained Bakul Patel, a shopkeeper.

Apart from the local administration staffers, the personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been pressed into rescue operations.

About 5,000 people have been shifted to safer places.

Meanwhile, the River Devka has crossed the danger mark, flooding vast stretches of low-lying places in the inland region.

Agricultural lands with sown crops have been badly damaged.

The overall losses caused by the heavy downpour are estimated to be millions of rupees.

Official sources said that Veraval region received over 400 mm of rain on Thursday. As per meteorological forecast, there would be no let up till Saturday morning.

The rains have stopped today. (ANI)

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