Eight more dead in India’s worsening monsoon floods
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.