Ahmedabad: Gujarat’s Banaskantha on Wednesday when 18 bodies — all close relatives — were recovered from a river bank, taking the flood related death toll since the beginning of monsoon to 119. The toll may go up as rescue operations are on.
Khariya was among 30 villages where an alert had been sounded after water level in the Banas river swelled due to influx of water from the dams following heavy downpour.
Two Army columns, three NDRF teams and a BSF team are engaged in the rescue and relief operations, and are being aided by 10 IAF choppers in Banaskantha.
On Wednesday, at least 650 people were rescued from villages of the district. Of these, 272 were airlifted to safety.