23 thousand more people have been shifted to the safer places during the last 24 hours from the flood hit North Gujarat. An IAF chopper appears above him, dropping a rope, and he makes a slow, suspense-filled ascent, finally helped into the helicopter by the Air Force officers.
Ten National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are already engaged in relief and rescue operations in Ahmedabad, Aravalli, Bhuj, Banaskatha, Dwarka, Rajkot, Patan, Surat, Valsad and Morbi districts of the state. Met office has forecast heavy rain for the next four days.
Heavy rains since Friday have caused floods and flood-like situations across India, killing scores of people and leaving several hundreds homeless. North Gujarat was especially affected, with 1,000 rescued and 15,000 moved to safety over the last two days. Since Tuesday three lakh food packets have been dropped in Banaskantha, while an additional 18000 food packets dropped in neighbouring Patan district. Heavy rains are expected till July 29, the Indian online news portal reports.
According to local meteorological department officials, Sirohi district received 757 mm rainfall - highest in the state until Monday.
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In addition to Gujarat, the States of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have been severely affected by the monsoon, as well as pockets in the States of Odisha and Bihar.
On Tuesday evening Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveyed the devastation across Gujarat in a helicopter, urging people across the state to remain resilient. However, 19 state highways as well as 102 internal roads in various parts of state are still closed due to waterlogging.
Three districts of the other parched Rajasthan too were affected by the inclement weather.
Incessant rains disrupted normal life in several parts of the state with many rivers, including Damodar, Konar and Siwane, in spate.
More than 20 highways, 60 roads and train services have taken a hit as they are completely submerged due to water logging. Authorities in Keonjhar, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts have stepped up their preparedness for rescue-and-relief operations while the situation in Balasore district is also being monitored.