Flooding in Gujarat, India

Flooding continues in the Indian state of Gujuarat, after 3 days of torrential rain. Parts of Gujarat were initially badly hit on Tuesday and Wednesday, 25th September, especially the of city of Ahmedabad. The heavy rains have since continued and also moved further west bringing floods to Rajkot city and the Saurashtra region on Thursday 26th September.

Three people were initially reported killed in the floods. However, this figure is now being reported as as high as 13 deaths since 22nd September. Wednesday as many as 40,000 evacuated from their homes. A further 20,000 or more people have now been reported as evacuated. The total number of those evacuated is around 62,000, according to some media reports in India.

Leader of Opposition Shankarsinh Vaghela in Gujarat claims that no relief camps had been set up for those shifted from the flood-hit areas. He has accused the Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, of ignoring the needs to those suffering while he tours other states, campaigning to “further his prime ministerial ambitions.”

The flood were a result of persistent heavy rainfall across the state since 21st September. Rajkot city saw as much as 39cm in 24 hours, leaving around 3,000 to evacuate their homes. All the major rivers in the central and southern areas of the state, including the Vishwamitri river, were reported as showing dangerously high levels.

Gujarat suffered from flooding in August this year. In July the state government announced that it is close to completing its pilot trial of a new flood mapping project in the Mahi river basin.

Sources: The Hindu; Business Standard; India TV News

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