Two dead, 3,500 relocated as rains lash parts of Gujarat

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Ahmedabad: Two persons, including a school boy, drowned as incessant rains lashed Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions, with Gir Somnath being among the worst-affected districts in the state, officials said on Tuesday.
According to the officials, 3,500 people have been shifted to safer places in different districts of the state.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who flew to Gir Somnath from Gandhinagar to hold a review meeting with district officials, was forced to return as the helicopter could not land at the Keshod air strip due to bad weather, an official said.
He was later flown in a special Air Force helicopter.
One Devendra Chavda (18) drowned in flood waters last night near Bhupgat town in Rajkot district, and efforts were on to trace his body, a Fire department official said.
Sandeep Rathod (7) was washed by the rising waters of the Mini river when he was crossing it on his way back home from his school near Angadh village in Vadodara district, a Nandesari police station official said. “The incident took place yesterday, and his body was recovered on Tuesday,” he said.
Gir Somnath in Saurashtra has been the worst-hit district, along with Junagadh, Amreli, Jamnagar and Rajkot, while in south Gujarat, Valsad and Navsari district have been badly affected.
Educational institutions in Rajkot, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts remained shut on Tuesday, even as 20 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were pressed into service to carry out rescue and relief operations alongside local authorities wherever required.
According to the officials, over 3,500 people across all the affected districts were relocated to safer places, and over 150 roads were closed as a precautionary measure.
Several villages were being provided drinking water through tankers.
A train running between Una-Delwada stuck near Una town in Gir Somnath district and passengers were rescued by the NDRF, an official of the Western Railway said, adding that some of the long-distance trains are running behind the schedule as heavy rains and waterlogging have hampered their movement.
Many towns in Gir Somnath turned into islands as the district has been witnessing heavy rains for the third consecutive day.

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