India – 400 Rescued From Floods in Gujarat

India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Air Force were called in to rescue people stranded by flooding in the state of Gujarat over the weekend 15 to 16 July.

Some areas recorded more than 300 mm of rain in 24 hours, causing major flooding across the state. Rajkot recorded 206 mm of rainfall, almost as much as the 240 mm it would see on average during the whole of July.

Gujarat Principal Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar reported that 9 people have died. Fatalities were reported in the districts of Banaskantha, Gandhinagar, Arvalli, Rajkot, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Kutch and Surendranagar.

NDRF and military have rescued around 400 people over the last 3 days. According to reports, hundreds of people have been evacuated in the Rajkot, Jamnagar, Morbi and Surendranagar districts in Saurashtra Division and moved to safer places away from rivers and dams.

NDRF flood rescue in Surendranagar, Gujarat, India July 2017. Photo: NDRF / Government of Gujarat

Previous Flood Events in Gujarat

NDRF was deployed in Gujarat last year as a result of severe flooding in the districts of Valsad, Chhota Udepur, Navsari and Surat after heavy rain on 02 August, 2016.

Over 50 people died in Gujarat after major floods hit in late June 2015.

Gujarat was also hit by major floods in September 2014 when over 20,000 people were evacuated after the Vishwamitri River in the district and city of Vadodara overflowed.


Figures according to Government of Gujarat for a 24 hour period, 15 to 16 July 2017.

  • Abdasa (Kutch) – 322 mm
  • Jodia (Jamnagar) – 259 mm
  • Dasada (Surendranagar) – 236 mm

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