Chief Minister presides high-level meeting to review widespread rainfall situation in Gujarat
Even as the weatherman predicts rainfall in Saurashtra and Kutch region during the next 24 hours, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today expressedconcern at the rainfall situation in the region and particularly in Rajkot and Jamnagar. Hetook stock of the latest situation Addressing a high-level meeting to review the widespread rainfall situation at the State Emergency Operation Centre, he alerted the state administration and district collectors to
rescue people marooned in the low-lying areas and shift them to safer areas.
Nearly 6,000 people in the state have been shifted to safer places. They included airlifting through helicopter a woman at Bambhla in Jamnagar district, and a group stuck along with a truck at Vavdi village near Dhrangadhra. So far, 11 deaths have been reported in rain-related incidents.
As many as 18 NDRF and 11 SDRF troupes are busy in rescue operation, as two boatstroupes from Vadodara and Navasari have been sent to Rajkot.Good rainfall in the catchment areas during the last 24 hours has filled up the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam on the Narmada as well as the Ukai dam. Widespread rainfall has resulted in 17 dams overflowing and 42 other dams filled up to 70 per cent. Reservoirs in the state are 60 per cent full now, as compared to 56 per cent till this time last year. He directed the authorities to release water from the dams to ensure people living in downstream are not affected.
The state has received 634.82mm rainfall till now, as compared to 459.91mm till corresponding period last year. Those present at the meeting included Chief Secretary .N. Singh, Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary K. Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretary for Revenue Pankaj Kumar and others.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat