4 killed, 6 miss­ing in In­dia’s Gu­jarat floods

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Ahmedabad, In­dia - Heavy mon­soon flood­ing has killed four peo­ple in western In­dia, of­fi­cials said on Sun­day, with grave fears held for at least six others still miss­ing fol­low­ing tor­ren­tial down­pours.

Ma­jor rail net­works and dozens of high­ways in Gu­jarat state have been in­ter­rupted by flood­wa­ters, and power to more than 120 vil­lages cut in badly-hit ar­eas.

“Four peo­ple died af­ter be­ing swept away in rain wa­ters since Sat­ur­day morn­ing. Six others are miss­ing,” Pankaj Ku­mar, a se­nior state gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said, ad­ding the Na­tional Dis­as­ter Re­sponse Force was search­ing for sur­vivors.

The force, plus In­dia’s mil­i­tary, had res­cued more than 2,000 peo­ple from the worst-hit re­gions and re­lo­cated them to higher ground.

The In­dian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment pre­dicts heavy rain to bat­ter the state for an­other two days, es­pe­cially in coastal ar­eas, the depart­ment’s Manorama Mo­hanty told AFP.

Mon­soon rains have caused se­ri­ous flood­ing in other states in­clud­ing Bi­har in the east and As­sam and Arunachal Pradesh in In­dia's re­mote north­east.

The lat­ter two states are en­dur­ing their worst floods and land­slides in years amid more than a week of in­ces­sant rain.


A woman with her baby waits dur­ing rain in Ahmedabad on Sat­ur­day

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