India – Heavy Rain and Floods in Gujarat Affect Over 1 Million

Heavy rainfall in the state of Gujarat in western India has caused severe flooding in at least 7 districts, affecting over 1 million people.

Gujarat authorities reported areas of Chhota Udaipur and Panchmahal districts recorded 400 to 550 mm of rain in 24 hours to 11 July.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs reported that as of 11 July, flooding occurred in 300 villages across the districts of Chhota Udaipur, Tapi, Navsari, Narmada, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal and Valsad, affecting 1,194,069 people.

Teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Gujarat State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Police and the Indian Coast Guard have been deployed to assist with rescues and evacuations.

Around 40 homes have been damaged or destroyed. Over 1,500 people have been evacuated and dozens of people rescued from floods in Chhota Udaipur and Valsad. Sixteen people stranded on the banks of the Ambika river in Valsad had to be rescued by Indian Coast Guard helicopter.

The Ministry of Home Affairs reported that 07 people lost their lives and 03 were injured in rain-related incidents in the state in 24 hours to 11 July.

At least 61 people have now lost their lives and 40 have been injured as a result of severe weather Gujarat since the start of this year’s monsoon. Twenty-six districts have been affected, 25 houses destroyed and 1,509 damaged.

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Featured image. For illustration only. Floods in Valsad, Gujarat, August 2016. Photo: NDRF