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Thousands displaced in Gujarat floods, situation remains grim

September 27, 2013 3:44 PM |

The number of people displaced due to floods in Gujarat has reached over 60,000. Since Wednesday morning, 20,000 more people have been evacuated due to flooding in Saurashtra, Rajkot and south Gujarat districts.

The death toll in the state has reached 13 and the number is expected to increase further after water levels recede and rescue operations pick up pace in flood affected areas.

Rajkot, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Porbandar have received very heavy rain in the last 48 hours. Rajkot recorded 392 mm of rain on Wednesday, which is the highest rainfall figure for the city in a single day. The previous record was 238.1mm in 1984.

Bharuch, Vadodara, Navsari and Surat are the other areas severely affected by floods. The situation in Ahmedabad is no better as incessant rains have caused water logging in many parts of the city. In Vadodara, the water level of Vishwamitri river that flows through the city continues to be above the danger mark raising fears of  the situation worsening.

Meanwhile, weather analysts have predicted more rain in the north and northeastern parts of the state in next 48 hours.


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