Gandhinagar, 22 July 2023: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel reviewed the situation in Junagadh district after reaching the State Emergency Operation Center in Gandhinagar. During the review meeting, the Chief Minister held a video conference with the Junagadh District Collector and took stock of the situation.
The Chief Minister obtained information on arrangements to evacuate people to safe places and food packets in the water-affected areas in Junagadh. Chief Secretary Shri Raj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary of the Revenue Department Shri Manoj Kumar Das, District In-Charge Secretary Shri Manish Bharadwaj, and Relief Commissioner Shri Alok Pandey also participated in this review meeting.
Junagadh Collector Shri Anil Ranavasiya and Commissioner Shri Rajesh Tanna, along with Superintendent of Police Shri Teja, provided information about the prompt and timely work done by the local administration.
Two teams each of NDRF and SDRF, along with the local administration, are working on a war footing to carry out relief operations in Junagadh. Additionally, arrangements have been made to send de-watering pumps from nearby cities, including Rajkot, to immediately evacuate waterlogged areas.
The administration has made necessary arrangements, including food packets, for the people who have been evacuated from Kalwa Chowk and surrounding societies in Junagadh city due to heavy rains and waterlogging from Girnar mountain.
As the rain has stopped in the city in the last few hours, the water level is decreasing, and the situation is now under control.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel assured the administration of providing all necessary help in districts experiencing heavy rainfall, including Junagadh.
The Collector of Junagadh provided details to the Chief Minister, stating that the city is flooded due to more than 10 inches of rain. As a result, around 200 people have been rescued immediately, and approximately 750 people were shifted to safe places earlier. To aid the affected population, around 20,000 food packets have been prepared for distribution in the heavily flooded areas.
Currently, the water situation in the city is under control, but the district administration remains on high alert to deal with heavy rains during the night. Electricity has been restored in 80 percent of the city, and teams are working tirelessly to restore electricity in the remaining areas.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat