Indian monsoon kills at least 30 in Gujarat state

Floodwaters kill at least 30 people and displace thousands, destroying houses in India’s Gujarat state

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 30 people died and thousands were evacuated on Wednesday after a devastating flood hit the Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions of India on Wednesday.

Amreli was the most affected district of the Saurashtra region, as authorities from the flood affected areas asked almost 4,000 residents from Saurashtra and nearly 550 from south Gujarat to evacuate to higher locations.   

Most of the deaths occurred due to the collapse of buildings due to the floods, according to BBC.

Relief and rescue operations have been continuing in the Amreli region due to its junction roads being cut-off from the other part of Gujarat. 50,000 food packets were also distributed to people in the area who have been affected by the flood.

Indian rescue helicopters have airlifted people who were stuck in a bus on a highway and around villages in the flood-damaged areas.

Authorities in the district warned the residents not to go outside for their safety. In flood affected areas, schools have been asked to remain closed for Thursday.

Chief Minister Anandiben Patel organised an emergency meeting at her Gandhinagar residence to draw a roadmap to tackle the disaster.

India often faces severe floods in monsoon season but the destructive effect of this year’s monsoon wasn't expected, BBC Hindi's Ankur Jain said from Ahmedabad, the main city in Gujarat.

The flood not only affected the people but also affected animals. Lions from the Gir forest in Junagadh began to disperse as a result of the heavy rain.


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