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More than 1.6 million affected after extremely heavy rains hit Gujarat, India

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Very heavy rains affecting the Indian state of Gujarat over the past few days have caused massive floods in parts of the state, affecting more than 1.6 million people.

The flooding affected 1 660 245 people across 44 villages in the districts of Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Valsad, and Junagadh.

According to data provided by Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), Lodhika in Rajkot district registered 516 mm (20.3 inches) of rain in 24 hours to September 14 while Kalavad in Jamnagar recorded 406 mm (16 inches).1

At least 18 dams overflowed in the Jamnagar district where NDRF team rescued 31 people, including 11 women and seven children.2

The Indian Air Force airlifted 24 people from villages in Kalavad and Jamnagar talukas.

Nearly 7 000 people have been evacuated — 2 553 in Rajkot, 3 966 in Jamnagar, 224 in Porbandar, and 5 in Junagadh.

2 people have been killed, 5 homes destroyed and 28 damaged. In addition, dozens of roads have been closed due to floods, including the State Highway-15 and National Highway-01.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an Orange alert for Tuesday and Red alert for Wednesday for several places of Saurashtra, Gujarat.

References:

1 NDRF rescues 31 stranded in Kalavad as floods ravage Gujarat’s Jamnagar – IndiaToday

2 India – Dozens Rescued, Thousands Displaced by Floods in Gujarat After 500mm of Rain in 24 Hours – FloodList

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