Bhuj: Heavy monsoonal downpour coupled with guts paralyzed four districts of north Gujarat and claimed the lives of at least 27 people in the last 48 hours. Banaskantha district was the worst hit as incessant rain caused a flood-like situation, especially in towns bordering Rajasthan, the epicenter of deep depression that is bringing rainfall in Gujarat.
“Eight people have died in the district so far. Two deaths were reported from Kankrej, and one each from Vav, Tharad, Suigam, Dhanera, Bhabhar and Lakhani,” district collector Dilip Rana said. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been rushed to Suigam, Tharad, Lakhani and Dhanera towns and close to 1,000 people were shifted to safer locations in the district. Also, around 400 villages are without electricity after 1,005 poles got uprooted, officials said.
Lakhani village was battered by 530 mm rainfall in 24 hours, the highest in the state. Several societies in Palanpur town were inundated and rain waters gushed into houses. Communication links were snapped in Banaskantha and Patan districts as electricity poles were uprooted due to strong winds.
In Mount Abu, a large number of tourists was stranded as the road leading to the hill station was closed due to landslides.
The Kutch region, which also rain deficient, saw most towns getting over 100 mm rainfall. Two children were killed when the wall of a house collapsed in Bhuj, while one person was electrocuted in the town. In Rapar too, one person died of electric shock.
Two people died in Patan and Surat districts, while one death each was reported in Navsari and Himmatnagar. In Chotila town, three people died when a huge tree fell on their car.
In Ahmedabad district, three people died in Detroj in a wall collapse, while one died in the city in a similar incident. In the city, two died due to electrocution and tree collapse.