IAF helicopter rescues man from electric pole in flood-hit Gujarat

27 July, 2017, 18:30 | Author: Clint Gray
  • IAF personnel rescue people stranded in flood-hit Gujarat

Thousands of people still remain stranded due to incessant rains in the region.

In Odisha, the state government has dispatched rescue and relief team each to the northern Keonjharand Bhadrak districts, as the threat of floods loomed large due to the rising water level in major rivers. The government is already working towards the rescue operation and has allotted four helicopters of the Indian Air Force, two Army columns and 18 teams of National Disaster Relief Force which are working day and night for the rescue operations. In West Bengal, lowlands in Birbhum, Purulia, West Midnapore and Hooghly districts were inundated.

One more death was reported from Morigaon district of Assam even as the overall flood situation improved in the state.

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As many as 46,000 people have been moved to safety in Banaskantha district until the evening of July 25, and 1,000 people have been rescued. The road and rail network has also been affected in the region.

Almost 1.32 lakh people were displaced by the floods and had to seek shelter in 363 relief camps. Meanwhile, RSS and other social organisations have prepared the food packets and other relief materials and sent volunteers to the flood affected areas.

According to the prime minister, assessment teams of the various Central ministries will be rushed to Gujarat to carry out an assessment and submit their report to enable further processing of aid.

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Water-logging on tracks forced the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express to return to Ahmedabad from Mehsana. "We have rescued over 7,000 people in the past two days", said State Relief Commissioner A J Shah. Yesterday, a woman who had just delivered twins and another pregnant woman from Nana Matra village in Rajkot district were evacuated by the Indian Air Force. With the Meteorological department issuing a warning of extremely heavy rains in pockets in North Gujarat, the rescue operations is likely to be hampered. Going by the past experience where we have recovered bodies from Banas river, we will conducting an aerial survey of the entire Banas river that will span from Deesa till the mouth of the river (that opens in Little Rann of Kutch).

The CM also did an aerial review of the parts worst hit by rains.

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