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Gujarat: Rain fury claims 9 lives, over 400 rescued


Ahmedabad : At least nine persons have died and over 400 people rescued by the National Disaster Response Force and the Air Force as heavy rains lashed many parts of Gujarat in the past two days, leading to swollen rivers and overflowing reservoirs.

Rescue operations gained momentum on Sunday as the rains took a break after lashing several parts of the state, especially Saurashtra and Kutch, throwing normal life out of gear and leaving thousands stranded in flood waters.

Gujarat Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama visited the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) in Gandhinagar to take stock of the situation in Morbi, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Kutch districts, which bore the brunt of the rain fury.

“With the help of NDRF and Air Force, we have rescued 405 persons in different parts of the state in the last 48 hours. Nine persons have lost lives while 2,004 persons have been shifted to safer places,” said Chudasama.

“Today 40 persons were rescued in Jodia tehsil of Jamnagar. Seven persons were rescued in Surendranagar using a helicopter. We are taking the help of NDRF and the Air Force,” he said.

The Meteorological Centre here said light to moderate rains would continue in many places over the next two days.