Gujarat Rains: Nine Dead As Bharuch Worst Hit By Floods

Heavy rains wreak havoc in several areas of Gujarat leading to swelling of rivers and over 100 dams being put on a high alert.

Jessica David

September 2, 2020

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Nine persons died and 1,900 were shifted to safer places in Gujarat on Monday (August 31) as heavy rains lashed several parts of the state, especially the Saurashtra region, causing flooding in low-lying areas and disrupting normal life. Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in several areas of Gujarat leading to swelling of rivers and over 100 dams being put on a high alert. Bharuch is the worst-hit by floods. Several low-lying areas of Bharuch have been flooded after 10 lakh cusec water has been released from the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Gujarat received more than 102 per cent of the annual average rainfall till Monday morning.

Aji Dam in Rajkot and Kadi Dam in Mehsana were among other dams that received a large inflow of water, officials said, adding that many rivers are in spate in the state. Many low-lying areas were marooned as gates of overflowing dams were opened. About 1,900 people were shifted to safer places in Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Patan districts, officials of the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said. Of the nine deaths, two were caused due to the collapse of houses.

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