India – Gujarat Floods Leave 94 Dead, Thousands Displaced

Gujarat in India has seen heavy rainfall for the last 10 days, causing major floods in at least 5 districts of the state.

Heavy rain between 15 and 16 July caused flooding in the districts of Banaskantha, Gandhinagar, Arvalli, Rajkot, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Kutch and Surendranagar. Over 400 people had to be rescued and 9 people died.

Since then the rain has continued to fall. Gujurat’s State Emergency Operation Centre reports that as a whole the state has received around 68% more rainfall than the average July.

Over 1,000 mm of Rain in 4 Weeks, 800 mm in 2 Days in Dantiwada

At least 15 locations have recorded more than 1,000 mm of rain since the start of July, including Rajkot, which has seen 1002 mm, Dantiwada 1380 mm, Dharampur 1473 mm, Dantiwada 1380 mm, Kaprada 1815 mm, Pardi 1260 mm, Umergam 1321 mm, Valsad 1338 mm and Vapi 1541 mm.

Dantiwada in Banaskantha district recorded 805 mm of rain in a 48 hour period between 23 to 25 July.

94 Dead, Thousands Displaced

Gujurat’s State Emergency Operation Centre says that 50 villages or localities in the 5 districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkatha, Patan, Ahmedabad and Mahesana are currently affected.

A further 11 people died in flooding yesterday (26 July), bringing the total number of flood related deaths to 94 so far this monsoon.

As of 26 July there were over 18,000 people currently staying in 29 relief camps set up by the authorities.

Personnel from the Indian Army, Air Force, state forces and 18 NDRF teams are providing rescue, evacuation and relief operations.

Earlier today, Pankaj Kumar, Principal Secretary of the Revenue Department of the Government of Gujarat, said that 36,822 (around 6,000 families) had been moved from flooded areas. As many as 100 people had been rescued on 27 July alone, with 17 of them airlifted to safety.

Prime Minister’s Visit

The situation is so dire, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, made an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Gujarat on 25 July to see the situation himself.

He said that 10 more helicopters would be pressed into action for rescue and instructed all agencies involved in relief operations, including the Indian Air Force, to put in their best possible effort for immediate rescue and relief. He also called for the immediate restoration of water supply, electricity and communication links.

The Prime Minister announced ex-gratia of two lakh rupees to the next of kin of the deceased, and fifty thousand rupees to those seriously injured in the floods.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi takes stock of the flood situation in affected parts of Gujarat, on July 25, 2017. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani is also seen. Photo; Government of India

 

An aerial view of flood affected area of Gujarat, on July 25, 2017. Photo: Government of India

Rainfall

Heavy rainfall fell from 15 to 16 July causing significant flooding as reported here.

After a very brief pause on 17 July, the heavy rain continued unabated across all areas of the state from 18 July onwards. Below are the locations and figures for the highest reported daily rainfall in the state. The figures are from Gujurat’s State Emergency Operation Centre.

  • 26 July: Himatanagar, Sabarkantha district – 219 mm
  • 25 July: Dantiwada, Banaskantha district – 463 mm
  • 24 July: Dantiwada, Banaskantha district – 342 mm
  • 23 July: Kalol, Gandhinagar district – 219 mm
  • 22 July: Chotila, Surendranagar district – 325 mm
  • 21 July: Veraval, Gir Somnath district – 169 mm
  • 20 July: Mangrol, Surat district – 180 mm
  • 19 July: Choryasi, Surat district – 201 mm
  • 18 July: Valsad, Valsad district – 277 mm

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