Flood wreaks havoc in Gujarat, Rajasthan; PM Modi reviews situation in home state


New Delhi: Heavy rains since Friday have caused floods and flood situations across India, killing scores of people and leaving several hundreds homeless.

While some states like Gujarat and Rajasthan are seeing a rising death toll because of the extreme weather, the situation is reportedly improving in other states like Assam.

More than 30,000 people were relocated from low-lying areas in Gujarat while people stranded on rooftops and trees were evacuated in Rajasthan on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts in Gujarat, and announced a Rs 500-crore relief package for immediate assistance in addition to Rs 2 lakh compensation to the kin of the 83 people who have died so far.

Modi told reporters, “In such situations, it is the farmers who suffer the most. Insurance companies may be advised to quickly organise assessment of damage to crops and assets of farmers and initiate immediate steps to settle the claims.” During the last 24 hours, at least 12 talukas of Banaskantha, Patan and Sabarkantha districts received over 200 mm of rainfall, a release issued by the State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) said.

In Rajasthan, six persons, including two children, were killed in rain-related incidents on Tuesday and over 100 people have been rescued from various rain-hit regions. Rescue operations are being carried out in flood-hit Jalore, Sirohi and Pali districts.

Nineteen people were rescued from Jalore on Tuesday including seven who had taken shelter on a tree to escape the swirling waters.


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