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Two die due to rains in Saurashtra region

Written by: Staff
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Rajkot, July 6 (UNI) Two people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Bhavnagar district as normal life was disrupted there following a heavy downpour, reports reaching here today said.

Rains continued to lash several parts of Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Junagadh and Jamnagar districts for the second day today.

A fisherman Haresh Batia was killed when a mound of earth caved in at Amla village of Bhavnagar district in heavy rain.

A 30-year-old man was swept away due to strong water currents at causeway near Vithalwadi area of Bhavnagar district, a report from Bhavnagar said.

Two kutcha-houses were also washed away in flooded waters at Bhegali village in Talaja taluka of the Bhavnagar district. Members of both the houses were also swept away in swirling waters.

However, no causalties have been reported.

Kumbarwada area of the city was flooded with waters as people waded through knee-deep waters.

Road services were severely affected in Bhavnagar district as heavy rains caused water-logging in low-lying areas and other parts of the city. The road trafic was severely affected on Bhavnagar-Ahmedabad highway due to water-logging.

Local administrations were busy clearing the flooded waters.

Bhavnagar city recorded 185 mm of rainfall, while Shiore 160 mm, Vallabhipur and Gariadhar recorded 150 mm each, Gadhada recorded 120 mm and Palitana received 100 mm of rainfall, official sources said.

Visawadar town of Junagadh district recorded 213 mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours, a report from Junagadh said, while rainfall ranging between 45 to 92 mm were recorded in Vanthali, Junagadh, Talala, Bheshan, Sutrapada, Una and Veraval in Junagadh district.

The level of the Bhadar dam, one of the main reservoirs of drinking water for Rajkot city increased by six feet during the last 24 hours following heavy rainfall in the catchments area, while nine other dams of the districts also received fresh waters by six inch to eight feet, officials from irrigation control room said.

Rajkot city recorded 100 mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours, making the season's total to 216 mm, weather office said.

Jasdan town of the district recorded 144 mm of rainfall during the same period, collector control room sources said.

Water-logging was reported in parts of Raya Chokadi, Civil Nagar, Vrundawan Society, Panchwati main road and Diwan parathe in the city, fire brigade sources said. Two trees also fell in Vrundawan society and Ranchhodnagar area. However, no one was injured in the incidents, the sources said.

Parts of Kutch, Jamnagar, Surendranagar and Amreli districts also received rains.

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