Heavy rains claim 38 lives in Gujarat, trigger flooding in S-Kashmir; Jhelum crosses danger mark

Heavy rains claim 38 lives in Gujarat

Ahmedabad/Srinagar, June 25: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected areas, as heavy rainfall on Thursday claimed 38 lives, including 27 in worst-hit Amreli district.

The state Relief Commissioner, D N Pandey, said: “Death toll due to heavy rains has risen to 38. The deaths were reported from Amreli (27), Rajkot (4), Bhavnagar (3), Surat (2) and one each from Bharuch and Valsad districts.”

On the issue of providing compensation to the affected people, he said financial aid will be given as per norms.

“Financial aid or help is being given to people in affected areas like whose houses have been damaged, or in the cases of casualties or other injuries. Aid will be given as per norms of NDRF (National Disaster Relief Fund),” he said.

Pandey said: “Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has been conducting aerial survey and final decision on providing further help or financial aid will be taken after a meeting with her.”

He said the situation has improved. However, there are some areas which have been facing the problem of power failure and the state government has given directions to the energy department to rectify it.

According to Amreli Collector H R Suthar, NDRF and Air Force teams are participating in the rescue and relief operations which are going on in full swing.

Meanwhile, heavy rains due to deep depression over the Arabian sea, which lashed Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions incessantly since yesterday, on Thursday took a break as the deep depression moved towards Madhya Pradesh, officials said.

Rain triggers flooding in south Kashmir

Several parts of south Kashmir were inundated on Thursday with streams and rivulets running in spate and the Jhelum flowing above the danger mark as heavy rainfall lashed the region.

A flood alert was sounded late last night for Anantnag and Pulwama districts with the MeT department predicting more rain over the next 48 hours.

Several areas of Anantnag district, including Nai Basti, Takia Behrampora, Shamsipora and Hassanpora, were flooded due to the overflowing Jhelum river and its tributaries, officials said.

Some parts of Kulgam district, including Qoimoh, Mir Bazar, Asthal and Devsar, were also inundated as the Vaishav stream breached its banks, the officials said.

The water level in the Jhelum and its tributaries rose sharply following heavy rainfall since Wednesday.

The officials said that Jhelum was flowing at 27.15-ft, 4.15-ft above the danger mark, at Sangam at noon, they said. In Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the river had risen to 20.70-ft, almost two feet above the danger mark.

Several bridges and roads have been washed away in south Kashmir with the Tral area in Pulwama district bearing the brunt of flash floods triggered by the downpour.

Minor breaches have been reported in embankments of water bodies at some places, but officials of Flood Control department have plugged these, the officials said.

There were unconfirmed reports of some nomads being trapped by flood waters in the Chamgund area of Kulgam district.

Meanwhile, the divisional administration reviewed the situation at a meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon at 4.00 A.M. today.

People living in and around flood-prone areas of Anantnag and Pulwama districts have been advised to shift to safer areas.

(With Agency Inputs)

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