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Under water, Surat still waits for help
Sheela Bhatt | August 09, 2006 18:10 IST
"Three people have died in the
Boats of the Indian Army have not been able to enter the city so far. Government sources say that rescue or relief work of a substantial nature haven't even started yet.
More than seven lakh people are marooned on terraces and on high grounds are desperately waiting for help.
There are shortages of drinking water and food. The transport system between Ahmedabad and
Water levels have reached 15-20 feet in many areas and locals fear that many more people may have drowned in the flood waters.
The collector office in
In addition, the Gujarat government has said that since high tides in the Gulf of Cambay have been predicted at 8 pm on Wednesday,
While the Opposition in Gujarat has criticised the government for not taking enough preventive measures in
An influential minister in Gujarat told rediff.com that
He also said that in 130 years, this is the first time that such flows have been witnessed. No human efforts are possible to manage these waters, he stressed. He said normal flow is less than 4 lakh cusecs of waters in the monsoon.
The inflow into the Ukai has reduced to 7.5 lakh cusecs per second on Wednesday, he said.
He also added that
Another cabinet minister actively involved in the rescue work told rediff.com, "The flooding of
The level helplessness in the city can be judged from the fact that full-scale rescue and relief operation has not started yet. However, Kaushik Patel said, "We have distributed, two million food packages and four million water and milk pouches by helicopter."
Officials say the situation in some other parts of
A senior officer said, "The television media should not exaggerate the situation in
Patel said, "Hundreds of workers of non-governmental organisations are ready to help and are waiting for the waters to recede. More than 2,000 medical fully-equipped workers will reach
He said losses could run into billion of rupees because