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PM Modi to Conduct Aerial Survey of Flood-ravaged Gujarat

While the state government has left no stone unturned to ensure rescue and relief work is satisfactory in the face of nature’s fury, the aerial survey by the PM is seen as a step to further create goodwill among the people.

Meghdoot Sharon | CNN-News18

Updated:July 25, 2017, 3:41 PM IST
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PM Modi to Conduct Aerial Survey of Flood-ravaged Gujarat
A man sits on a car after his vehicle got stuck on a flooded road after heavy rains in Ahmedabad. (Photo: Reuters/ Amit Dave)
Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unscheduled visit to conduct an aerial survey of flood affected areas in North Gujarat assumes significance in the backdrop of the state going to polls in less than five months. While the state government has left no stone unturned to ensure rescue and relief work is satisfactory in the face of nature’s fury, the aerial survey by the PM is seen as a step to further create goodwill among the people.

“Chief Minister Vijay Rupani met the Prime Minister in Delhi and apprised him of the flood situation in Banaskantha and Patan districts. The Prime Minister readily agreed to conduct an aerial survey of the affected region. While the state government has pumped in all resources to meet the emergency, the central government too will provide assistance now,” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel in Gandhinagar.

In the past ten days or so, army columns, Air Force helicopters and NDRF teams have been working tirelessly in rain-ravaged parts of Saurashtra and North Gujarat. The state government has promptly sought the help of the defence personnel to provide rescue and relief to those affected by the rain. About 70 people have lost their lives in rain related incidents this season.

Gujarat has been hit with incessant rainfall over the past fortnight. During the first spell, several parts of South Gujarat received heavy to very heavy rainfall. Excessive water logging occurred in parts of Valsad, Navsari and Dangs districts. Even as rain abated in South Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch received extremely heavy rainfall last week. Parts of Morbi, Rajkot and Jamnagar districts received as much as 500 mm of rainfall in less than 48 hours.

Now with the rain subsiding in Saurashtra over the weekend, it is the turn of North Gujarat to bear the brunt of nature’s fury. Dhanera, Deesa and Patan blocks of North Gujarat have been worst hit with incessant rainfall taking place since Sunday. The situation has worsened further because of heavy rainfall in neighbouring Rajasthan. Most rivers flowing into Sabarkantha and Banaskantha are flooded with rain waters from neighbouring Rajasthan.
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