Heavy rains batter Gujarat: 25,000 evacuated to safety
At least 25,000 people have been evacuated to safety in various parts of Gujarat as heavy rains continued to lash in the state. Several districts in the north and central parts of Gujarat witnessed heavy rains.
A high alert has been sounded across the state as more than 20 highways of the state were submerged due to heavy rains. Heavy rains are expected till July 29.
Waterlogging on tracks forced the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express to return to Ahmedabad from Mehsana. While teams of National Disaster Response Force, and other rescue agencies are at work, the Air Force has been kept on stand-by to evacuate people.
Flooding has affected Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Anand, Patan and parts of Valsad districts in Gujarat. Around 11,000 people have been evacuated in Banaskantha district alone.
North Gujarat and Saurashtra were hit after heavy rains caused the Sabarmati river to overflow. Rajasthan's Dhantiwada, Sipu and Dharoi dams have also overflowed following heavy rains in South Rajasthan, hitting the low lying areas of Banaskantha, Patan and Anand districts.
Rail services between Ahmedabad and Delhi were stopped as the tracks were flooded.
Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani conducted an aerial survey. He has stationed himself in the state flood control room to supervise operations. The State Emergency Operations Centre said that the state has so far received 56.61 per cent of the total expected rainfall.