28 Killed by Floods in Western India – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat

Parts of western India have seen over 400 mm of rain fall in the last 7 days. The states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have all been affected, and as many as 28 people are reported to have died since 25 July 2015.

The state of Gujarat is currently experiencing the worst of the flooding and heavy rain. AFP, quoting Gujarat authorities, report that over 2,000 villages have been affected.

According to WMO figures, 164 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Bhuj, Kutch district, on 28 July 2015. Earlier, the same city saw 210 mm of rain fall between 25 and 26 July 2015.

The city of Rajkot recorded 96 mm of rain fall on 28 July 2015. Rajkot has seen more than 70 mm of rain fall for five of the last seven days. Since 23 July, a total of 423.2 mm of rain has fallen in the city.

ECHO report that “the rains have caused the death of 22 people in the northern and Kutch regions of Gujarat between 27 and 28 July 2015. Several districts have been affected; the Banaskantha district (four deaths), Patan, Rajkot and Kutch (three deaths each) while Sabarkantha, Surat and Navasari districts respectively registered one death”. The ECHO office in Delhi is monitoring the situation.

Gujarat is still recovering from the flood disaster that struck in June this year which left over 50 people dead and forced 10,000 from their homes.

Elsewhere in western India, flooding has also been reported in 6 districts of Madhya Pradesh, where 2 people have died since 24 July, and in the state of Rajasthan, where four deaths have been reported. The worst affected areas of Rajasthan are Jhalawar, Bundi and Kota districts, according to local media.

Floods in Gujarat, June 2015. Photo courtesy of the Indian Ministry of Defence / Indian Air force
Floods in Gujarat, June 2015. Photo courtesy of the Indian Ministry of Defence / Indian Air force