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Gujarat Chief Minister reviews flood situation in Dhanera-Banaskantha

Heavy rainfall warning for next three days in north Gujarat, state administration directed to give top priority to rescue people  

  • Dantiwada dam getting 1,50,000 cusec water, Sipu dam 1,16,000 cusec;
  • 1,800 people living downstream areas evacuated, 200 more being shifted;
  • One column of Armed Forces, one platoon of SDRF, 15 teams of NDRF rushed;
  • Narmada Mahotsav suspended, Ahmedabad Heritage postponed from to August 6.

In the wake of heavy rainfall warning in the north Gujarat region for next three days, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today directed the districts administrations to accord top priority to ensure not a single person drowns in the floods, to rescue people stranded in floodwater and to shift those living in the low-lying areas to safer places.

Reviewing the flood situation due to heavy rainfall in Dhanera-Banaskantha region, Mr. Rupani also directed restoring road connectivity and power, next surveying loss to agricultural activity. He is in constant touch with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Over 1,50,00 cusec of water is reaching the Dantiwada dam and 1,16,000 cusec reaching Sipu dam. Over 1,800 people living downstream areas evacuated, 200 more people are being shifted from Gandhinagar-Kalol-Mansa areas.

One column of Armed Forces has been rushed from Dhrangadhra to Banaskantha and three Air Force helicopters have reached Deesa. One platoon of SDRF and 12 NDRF teams comprising 36 boats reached Dhanra, Deesa, Palanpur.

Ministers Shankerbhai Choudhry, Dilipkumar Thakor and Keshaji Chauhan are supervising the rescue operations. Senior officer Harit Shukla has been sent to Banakantha to assist the rescue operation.

Even as people have taken shelter on rooftops and mounds, two senior officers have been asked to supervise distribution of 50,000 food packets supplied by Ambaji, Unjha and BAPS temples and other trusts.

In view of the grim situation, Narmada Mahotsav Rathyatra scheduled from July 27 has been suspended and Ahmedabad Heritage City Mahotsav postponed from August 1 to August 6.

Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, acting Chief Secretary Arvind Agrawal, Principal Revenue Secretary Pankaj Kumar, among others, were present at the review meeting.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat