Horrid rains lash North Gujarat, leave 25 dead

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373138-gujaratrains-09Heavy rains engulf four districts of North Gujarat and leave as many as 27 people dead due to rain related issues and incidents in the last 48 hours till 4pm on Tuesday.

Banaskantha became the worst hit district as relentless rain caused a flood-like situation, especially in towns bordering Rajasthan, the epicenter of deep depression that is bringing rainfall in Gujarat.

“Eight people have died in the district so far. Two deaths were reported from Kankrej, and one each from Vav, Tharad, Suigam, Dhanera, Bhabhar and Lakhani,” district collector Dilip Rana told news agencies. Six people are also missing.

The Kutch region, which is also rain deficient, saw most towns getting over 100 mm rainfall. Two children were killed when the wall of a house collapsed in Bhuj, while one person was electrocuted in the town. In Rapar too, one person died of an electric shock.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were immediately sent to Suigam, Tharad, Lakhani and Dhanera towns and close to 1,000 people were shifted to safer locations in the district. Also, around 400 villages are without electricity after 1,005 poles got uprooted, officials said.

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