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Flood crisis: Gujarat calls for armed forces

June 30, 2005 15:16 IST
Last Updated: June 30, 2005 16:33 IST

A high alert has been sounded and the armed forces kept on standby as major dams and lakes in rain-battered Gujarat were overflowing.

The death toll in the state crossed 30, official sources said on Thursday.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was expected to carry out an aerial survey of the worst-affected areas has not been able to do so owing to bad weather, official sources told PTI.

"Heavy rains have been reported from Anand, Kheda and Vadodara districts and the army has been requisitioned. Several people who were stranded in Adala in Ahmedabad and Surendranagar district overnight were rescued this morning (Thursday) even though the rain in the areas has not subsided," state Relief Commissioner Rajesh Kishore told PTI.

One person was killed in a wall collapse in Anand district on Thursday night.

Heavy rains in Gujarat, over 15,000 evacuated

Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who was expected to carry an aerial survey of the worst-affected areas, has not been able to do so owing to bad weather, official sources said.

The state government has already evacuated more than 30,000 people across the state after rain water flooded their habitats.

Flash floods in Leh; bridges washed away

Reports from Vadodara, one of the worst-affected districts, said 10,000 people from low-lying areas of the city were shifted to safer places following heavy rains in the catchment area of Vishwamitri and Wante rivers.

Pratapura Sarovar reservoir and Ajwa lake are overflowing and people living in the vicinity have been alerted to shift to safer places.

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