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Guj CM personally assesses ground situation after incessant rains in Mehsana, Banaskantha & areas of North Guj

Gujarat Chief Minister Smt Anandiben Patel today personally reviewed heavy-rains and flood-like situation in Mehsana, Banaskantha and other areas of North Gujarat.

CM Smt Patel reached Mehsana in the afternoon by road and instructed official to give priority to restore drinking water and electricity supply to the people in affected areas. She stated to begin water supply through tanker as in some areas pump houses could not be operated because of affected electricity supply. CM Smt Patel has exhorted to mobilize more rescue teams from lesser affected nearby districts and cities to the worst-affected areas of the state. CM Smt Patel guided the district administration to take all necessary measures in order to bring lives of people back to normalcy at the earliest.

All the talukas of Banaskantha received 100% and Suigam witnessed highest 510% of rains. Moreover, due to heavy rainfall in various areas of Rajasthan as well, amount of water had to be released from dams of North Gujarat. In this regard, state administration has initiated necessary rescue operations.

CM Smt Patel visited Mehsana, Banaskantha, Palanpur and nearby areas by road today afternoon to observe the situation personally and to provide necessary guidelines. At present total 14 teams of NDRF are active in Banaskantha for rescue related procedures. These teams are performing rescue operations in Bhabhar, Diyodar, Deesa, Tharad and Vav areas. More 6 teams of NDRF have been deployed for Banaskantha district. Further, 180 jawans of BSF from Dantiwada has joined rescue operations in Banaskantha.

During relief operations, 16 sorties were made and 71 affected people were rescued by helicopters and moved to safer locations. Healthcare facilities will be extended to everyone and intensive cleanliness will be undertaken to avoid outbreak of epidemics. CM Smt Patel has also directed district administration to take help from nearby neighbouring districts if needed to expedite the task. Besides, 24 mobile medical teams have been deployed for these areas and have distributed more than 4 lakh food packets. Presently as many as 815 people from 200 families leaving in 6 villages of 4 talukas of Mehsana district have been migrated to primary schools.

During the day Union Minister Shri Rajnath Singh spoke to CM Smt Patel and received information of the flood situation in the state. The Centre has rushed four NDRF teams from Pune.

Remarkable rescue operation in Patan:

At around 8 am in Patan, a passenger bus with around 25 people got flown away in the flood-like situation in River Rupen. When CM was informed about it by an aware citizen, she immediately directed Patan Collector to initiate rescue operations under which, SRP team was deployed to the location to save affected people. Patan Collector himself reached there in the helicopter to join relief operations and 13 people were airlifted and moved to safer locations. Others were rescued and moved out of danger through boats, ensuring no loss of lives during the incident.

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