Rain wreaks havoc in Gujarat; hundreds evacuated

Rain wreaks havoc in Gujarat; hundreds evacuated

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Gandhinagar, Aug 5 : Over 50 people were airlifted, while hundred others shifted from low-lying areas by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) across the state due to a surge in water levels of several rivers due to heavy rainfall.

Extremely heavy rainfall lashed several parts of south and central Gujarat in the past 24 hrs with Umarpada taluka in Surat receiving the maximum rainfall of 587 mm, Meteorological Department said in a bulletin issued here on Monday. The water level in several rivers flowing through Gujarat along with that of Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam has reached a considerable level.

'The downpour stopped at 6am today,' the bulletin stated adding Umarpada taluka received about 1000 mm of rain in last two days. As per the MeT reports, the total rain percentage of this season in the state has crossed 62 per cent mark today.

As many as 49 talukas received a heavy downpour between 6am to 10am with Vansada in Navsari district seeing a maximum rainfall of 207 mm, followed by Wagahi receiving 200 mm in Dangs district and Ahwa in the same district--93 mm, whereas Tapi in Dolvan saw 43 mm of rain.

'Mangrol in Surat 451 mm, Kaprada in Valsad 363 mm, Hansot in Bharuch 351 mm, Dediapada in Narmada 318 mm, Valia 203 mm, Mandvi in Surat 202 mm, Quant in Chhota Udepur 201 mm, Subir in Dangs 187 mm and Songarh in Tapi 185 mm,' bulletin reported further.

MeT has predicted more rain today and the day after.(UNI)