In Pics: Gujarat floods wreak havoc

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Around 11,000 people have been evacuated in Banaskantha district alone. 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.

"NDRF rescued 450 persons on Tuesday, 56 on Wednesday; IAF 114 on Tuesday, and 40 on Wednesday, while Army rescued 580 persons on Tuesday and 214 on Wednesday", the minister said. A high alert has been sounded as more than 20 highways of the state got submerged into floods.

Ranvijay Singh, a government official, says hundreds of rescuers using motor boats saved 789 people, including some pregnant women, from being swept away by the swirling flood waters in six districts in Gujarat state. So far, more than 50,000 people have been rescued in the two districts.

Talking to the news outlet "The Hindu", Gujarat Principal Secretary (revenue) has said, "Extremely heavy rains in Saurashtra region since last 24 hours".

The downpour continued in other parts of the state as well affecting relief and rescue operations in worst-hit north Gujarat region where 25 people, including 17 of a family, drowned in floodwaters.

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Meanwhile, the State has already received more than 65% of the season's average rainfall, with North Gujarat receiving over 200% ofthe average rainfall till Wednesday. Authorities in Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts have stepped up their preparedness for rescue-and-relief operations while the situation in Balasore district is also being monitored.

L.B. Bambhaniya, administrator of flood-ravaged Banaskantha district in Gujarat, said 350 villages had been waterlogged, hitting cotton and groundnut crops. But the meteorological department has predicted heavy rains in Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Arvalli, Mehsana and Patan for next 48 hours. Rajasthan's Jalore, Pali and Sirohi districts have been inundated and road and rail traffic has been thrown out of gear.

The Odisha government has dispatched one Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) team each to the northern Keonjhar and Bhadrak districts, as the threat of floods loomed large due to the rising water level in major rivers. Heavy rains are expected till July 29, said the SEOC release.

Official sources said Modi would also hold meetings with Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and Gujarat officials after his aerial review.

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