Since June 1, there have been up to 69 fatal rain-related incidents in Gujarat, the majority of which were caused by lightning strikes.
According to state Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Rajendra Trivedi, deaths were also caused by power pole collapses, drownings, the tree falls, and wall collapses.
Rajendra Trivedi while briefing the media at a review meeting held at the State Emergency Operations Center, Gandhinagar today, said that the intensity of rains in Gujarat is less today than yesterday.
Stating that the administration is fully equipped to deal with the rainfall situation in the state, he said that the Chief Minister is constantly reviewing the rainfall situation.
“Out of the state’s eight districts, three—Bharuch, Chhotaudepur, and Narmada—have come out of the red alert zone. While Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Dang, and Valsad are the five districts that are still on red alert. While the entire administration is taking extra care, it is ideal that the citizens do as well,” said Trivedi.
The minister provided more information, stating that 27,896 civilians have already been relocated to safer areas within the state. Of those, 9671 people have returned home after the water receded, while 18,225 people are still staying in shelters. For all of them, arrangements have been made, including meals, and proper grooming has been carried out.
Out of the 14,610 ST bus routes operating in the state’s villages, 73 have been closed, 11 have been undone, and 62 will be undone by this evening. Similarly, power was cut off in 124 villages out of over 18,000 villages. The power will be restored to 105 villages by this evening. The restoration of power in 19 villages is expected to take two days.
A total of 436 roads, 12 panchayats, and 15 state highways have been closed to vehicular traffic. A national highway that passes through Kutch has also been closed but will reopen by this evening.
A total of 18 teams of NDRF and SDRF are deployed for rescue operations in the rain-hit districts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel to take stock of the situation in the state. The Prime Minister has assured all necessary help, including the NDRF deployment in the rain-affected regions of the state.