Ahmedabad: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) asked the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Tuesday to keep its personnel ready in case of an exigency, in the wake of heavy rains leading to a flood like situation in parts of Gujarat and south Rajasthan.
"R K Jain, member secretary NDMA took stock of heavy rainfall situation arising with the warning issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for continuous rainfall in next 48 hours in Gujarat and south Rajasthan.
He convened a meeting with the DG IMD, NDRF, Central Water Commission and Resident Commissioners of Gujarat andRajasthan and directed for pre-positioning of NDRF team at strategic locations as per predicted rainfall and likely flood like situation," IMD Director General Laxman Singh Rathore said.
Rathore added that Jain has also instructed the NDRF teams to be kept ready to meet any exigency as per the state government's requests.
The states of Rajasthan and Gujarat have been witnessing incessant rainfall due to a depression over it.
This has also led to a flood like situation in many parts of the two states.
Incessant rains lashed Gujarat on Tuesday, causing death of 11 persons in various rain-related incidents, affecting normal life and prompting the MeT Department to issue warning to fishermen against venturing into sea.
The downpour since Monday disrupted normal life even as the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Reserve Police (SRP) teams were dispatched to Banaskantha in North Gujarat in the view of flood-like situation.
As per the information given by the Disaster Control Room and police, of the 11 deaths due to rain-related incidents, four were reported from Banaskantha district, three each from Rajkot and Patan districts, and one was from Sabarkantha.