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PM Modi conducts aerial survey of flood affected regions in Gujarat

PM Modi conducts aerial survey of flood affected regions in Gujarat

Torrential rains due to southwest monsoons have wrecked havoc in the state as more than 25,000 people have been evacuated from parts of north and central Gujarat. Floods claimed three lives on Sunday. The review meeting was attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel and other senior ministers as well as officials.

Mr Modi was addressing the media at Ahmedabad Airport after undertaking aerial survey of flood-affected areas of the State.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced Rs 500 crore for Gujarat for rescue work after an aerial survey of the flooded areas and Rs 2 lakh compensation to the kin of the 83 people who have died and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

With 659 mm of rain, north Gujarat has received 90% of its average rain in the past 36 hours.

The rains are expected to continue in the state. The state government has asked authorities to remain alert due to the rain forecast.Meanwhile, the IMD has said that heavy to very heavy or extremely heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places over Gujarat region on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The IAF is also working with the National Disaster Response Force to help provide relief.

Since morning, 113 people stranded in Shihori village of the district have been rescued and shifted to safer locations by the Indian Army personnel, who have been conducting the rescue operation using boats, said a release by the Defence PRO. The fatalities were reported from Mahuva and Umarpada in Surat and Khandheri of Gir-Somnath district where a man drowned in an inundated causeway. (PTI) In Gujarat floods, some of the worst affected areas include Banaskantha, Patan, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Ahmedabad, Morbi, Gandhinagar, Kutch, Mehsana and Valsad. Of the 203 reservoirs in the state, high alerted has been declared for 39. According to the press statement, Gujarat has so far received nearly 56.61per cent of the total expected rainfall. Temple town Varanasi recorded almost 100 mm of rain.

According to local meteorological department officials, Sirohi district received 757 mm rainfall - highest in the state until Monday.

At the meeting, a detailed presentation on heavy rain situation was made by the Principal Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar.