Eight more dead in In­dia’s wors­en­ing mon­soon floods

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Ahmed­abad, In­dia - Wors­en­ing floods killed an­other eight peo­ple in 24 hours in In­dia’s Gu­jarat state as res­cue teams raced on Tues­day to reach hun­dreds of peo­ple ma­rooned in stricken towns and vil­lages.

With scores now dead in mon­soon floods across the coun­try, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day took stock of the flood sit­u­a­tion in Gu­jarat with Chief Min­is­ter Vi­jay Ru­pani and other se­nior of­fi­cials of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Modi con­ducted an aerial sur­vey of the flooded ar­eas in the north­ern re­gion of the state, the worst hit by floods.

More than 36,000 peo­ple have been moved to safe ar­eas and he­li­copters and boats were used to res­cue the worst-hit.

Tor­ren­tial rain and the re­lease of wa­ter from dams in neigh­bour­ing Ra­jasthan state cre­ated havoc in north­ern Gu­jarat, a gov­ern­ment state­ment said.

Army and air force heli­copter res­cue teams picked up more than 1,000 peo­ple from vil­lages in the state cut off by ris­ing wa­ter lev­els, it added.

About 80 peo­ple are be­lieved to have been killed in Gu­jarat since the start of the mon­soon a month ago, and scores else­where in the coun­try. Gu­jarat's main city Ahmed­abad has had more than 50cm of rain in four days, twice the av­er­age for July.

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