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Gujarat floods: 25,000 people shifted to safer locations

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Gandhinagar: As many as 25,000 people were shifted, mostly in Banaskantha, as the district faced its worst floods in recent years.

On Monday around 1,000 people stranded in floods were rescued from various villages with the help of Army, Air Force, Border Security Force (BSF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) that were rushed to the district.

Heavy rains in adjoining Rajasthan worsened the situation in the region and water released from Dantiwada and Dharoi dams started inundating several villages in the region. With more heavy rains forecast, six additional teams of NDRF were called in from Pune to augment the efforts of 14 teams that are already deployed across the state.

Two IAF helicopters were also pressed into service in Banaskantha to rescue stranded families. However, continuous rainfall and strong winds hampered the relief operations and one carrying food packets and other material to Dhanera had to return to Deesa.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and revenue minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama also rushed to Deesa to oversee the rescue and relief operations.

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