Gujarat: Heavy rains in the state have affected normal life in various districts including Aravalli. Meanwhile, the Gujarat government's Directorate of Information on Tuesday informed that a total of 157 people stranded in low-lying areas in the district following heavy rainfall in the region were rescued by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams. The NDRF shifted the people of Lakeshwari village to safer places.
Taking to social media platform, X, Gujarat government's Directorate of Information, said, "157 people trapped in water in Lakeshwari village of Baid taluka were shifted to a safe place."
11,900 people from low-lying areas were shifted to safer place
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel had informed that approximately 11,900 people from low-lying areas of districts including Vadodara, Bharuch, Narmada, Dahod, Panchmahal, Anand and Gandhinagar have shifted to safe shelters, where their food and health-related services are also being taken care of.
Patel is in coordination with the collectors of the respective districts affected by heavy rains. Earlier in the day, he had said that presently 10 contingents of both NDRF and SDRF have been deployed in rescue operations at various places.
Water levels were hovering, over 40 feet, nearly 12 feet above the danger mark of 28 feet, on Bridge No. 502 between Bharuch - Ankleshwar on the River Narmada, forcing closure of the railway traffic and cancellations. In view of this, Patel has also appealed to people to follow the instructions given by the government.
Bharuch faces flood-like situation
Bharuch, a city in Gujarat, is currently grappling with severe flooding caused by continuous heavy rainfall. The incessant downpours have led to rising water levels and widespread inundation in various parts of the city. In response to the flooding, which was exacerbated by the release of water from the Narmada Dam, the Narmada district administration has taken precautionary measures. As a safety measure, schools and colleges in the area were ordered to remain closed on Monday.
Red alert in these regions
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Saurashtra and Kutch regions are under a Red Alert for heavy rainfall on September 19.