Death toll in Gujarat floods rises to 213
The torrential rains have so far claimed the lives of nearly 213 people in nothren Gujarat, according to the data provided by the state flood control room on Monday.
More than a million households had been affected and losses to farmlands were being assessed. Over 4000 animals have been killed and around 50,000 cotton farmers are struggling to drain water from their land and homes.
The death toll in Gujarat jumped from Wednesday's total of 123 after rescuers picked up 25 bodies, including 17 members of a single family from two submerged villages in hard-hit Banaskantha district of Gujarat.
The waters recede from low-lying areas, allowing workers to reach remote spots where bodies are starting to appear. "The death toll in Gujarat this monsoon has risen to 213," A J Shah, director of relief operations with the Gujarat government, told AFP.
Only after a post-mortem is conducted we can officially confirm death of a person. The post-mortem process took place since many bodies were found resulting in delays in confirming the latest deaths.
Meanwhile, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani who visited flood-hit areas in the state has said that he will be camping in the flood-hit districts of North Gujarat for the next five days to ensure faster action. He also extended financial help within 2 days to the flood affected people.
Till now, more than 17,800 people have been rescued so far with the help of Army, Indian Air Force, NDRF, and SDRF, besides police and fire personnel. The helicopters and boats are still at place to reach those still stranded.