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Gujarat rains: 14 dead, Army mobilised
July 02, 2007 14:35 IST
Heavy rains in several parts of Gujarat threw life out of gear, forcing the administration to mobilise army and paramilitary forces for rescue operations, even as death-toll in rain related incidents reached 14.
"We are mobilising the army in the rural areas of Ahmedabad as several pockets of the district are still innundated even though rain has subsided since Monday morning," said D Thara, District Collector, Ahmedabad.
In Junagadh district, heavy water logging has been reported in several parts.
About 700 school children in Alfa school in Junagadh town are kept inside the school premises as precautionary measure as the administration does not want to risk leaving them due to the adverse weather conditions.
"About 1,500 people have been evacuated from Dandhuka region of the district," she added.
A police constable was swept in flood water near Botad town of Bhavnagar district on Sunday night, official sources said.
Of the ten persons who were swept away in Orsang river of Vadodara district, only five bodies have been recovered.
"Four persons have died in Bharuch district following a wall collapse in the town last night," said N V Upadhaya, Resident Deputy Collector, Bharuch.
About 1,000 people have been evacauted from Bharuch with the district receiving 462 mm of rains in last 24 hours.
The administration has pressed boats in Bhadra taluka where 250 people are stranded in the flood waters.
In Navsari district of South Gujarat, all the three major rivers have been in spate following heavy rains.
About 1,000 people living in low-lying areas of the district have been evacuated.
Similarly, heavy downpour in Bhavnagar district has forced the district adminsitration to evacuate about 1,200 people.
Water in several major dams in Gujarat, including the Sardar Sarovar dam, have been overflowing.