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38 dead as heavy rains lash Saurashtra, South Gujarat

A view from an IAF helicopter of the floods in Gujurat after heavy rains on June 24, 2015.
A view from an IAF helicopter of the floods in Gujurat after heavy rains on June 24, 2015.
At least 38 people have died in incidents related to the heavy rains that lashed Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions yesterday, official sources said.
 
Amreli district in Saurashtra bore the brunt, with most of the deaths reported from there, including 13 people who died when two hosues collapsed near Bagasara town.
 
Deaths were also reported from Bhavnagar district, Gondal in Rajkot district as well as from Surat district in South Gujarat.
 
The heavy downpour was caused by a depression over the Arabian Sea.
 
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been deployed for rescue and relief efforts in the affected areas, along with companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRP).
 
The rains caused large-scale submergence of low-lying parts in many areas of the state, with Gavdka and Khari villages of Amreli district being the worst affected, where IAF helicopters rescued 87 people with the help of two Mi-17V5 helicopters yesterday and air-dropped 120 kgs of food packets.
 
 
Heavy rains flood several areas in Gujarat
Today, the Air Force has put four Mi-17 V5 helicopters into service for rescue and relief operations in Amreli. Two additional helicopters are on standby at Jamnagar in case there is a need to step up operations. 
 
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel held a meeting with top state government, IAF and India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials in Gandhinagar yesterday and said the situation must be constantly monitored in the affected villages. Utmost priority should be given to rescue stranded people, she said.
 
She also reviewed the availability of rescue equipment, food stocks and medical supplies.
 
"I appeal people not to panic & co-operate with the administration in its rescue and relief efforts," she said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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