Heavy rain claims 4 lives in Gujarat; 200 evacuated

A couple carry their belongings as they wade through a waterlogged street in Surat on Thursday. PTI

Over 150 fishermen near the Rupen port in Dwarka taluka of Jamnagar district were moved from their settlements along the coastline to safer locations due to heavy rains in the region since Wednesday afternoon, they said. People were shifted to a school building in a nearby village, where they have been provided with food and water, officials added.

Incessant rains have also led to water-logging in Surajkaradi village of Dwarka taluka, officials said adding that Dwarka has received 249 mm of rainfall since Wednesday.
In Surat, water level in Mithi rivulet in Limbayat area reached the danger level of 7.50 metre due to incessant rains and high tide in the sea on Wednesday night, district officials said. Water from the rivulet entered the areas of Kamrunagar following which 70 people were shifted to safe locations, they said. According to Surat district authorities, people from Azadnagar in Rasulabad areas were also shifted in the wake of rise in water level of the rivulet.

Rain-related deaths were reported from many parts of the state including Bhavnagar district where two persons died on Wednesday after being swept away by strong water current in an overflowing check dam following heavy rains in Palitana taluka. In Valsad, two persons were feared dead after they were swept by strong currents in Varoli river passing through Khatalvada village in Umergam taluka of the district. Umergam received 256 mm of rainfall since Wednesday, while other parts of Valsad district also recorded substantial rains which include Kaprada 288 mm, Pardi 283 mm, Dharampur 232 mm and Valsad taluka  190 mm.

Moderate to heavy rainfall was reported from all parts of the state except Kutch district where the weather remained dry. According to the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), heavy to very heavy rainfall has been recorded in most parts of south Gujarat including Surat, Valsad, Navsari, Tapi and Dangs districts. Heavy rains also lashed many parts of Saurashtra including Porbander, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Rajkot and Bhavnagar districts. Jamnagar has received 92 pc of the seasons rainfall, while Junagadh and Porbander have recorded 99 and 143 pc respectively. The state has received 44 pc of the seasons rain.

The weather department, meanwhile, has predicted moderate to heavy rain with thundershowers at many places across the state and also issued warning for ports and fishermen in the state. Officials of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said there is a east-west trough across Gujarat region along with an offshore trough extending from south Gujarat to Kerala coast which are likely to bring rains to many parts of the state.

Also, heavy to very heavy rains are likely to occur at a few places with isolated to extremely heavy showers over Gujarat state, Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli, they said. The IMD has issued warning to the fishermen not to venture into sea. Heavy rains continued to pound Junagadh with most talukas recording over 100 mm of rainfall. The highest rainfall was recorded in Kodinar.

PTI

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