Gujarat Floods: 17 Members of a Family Found Dead in Floodwaters

One person however stuck alone in a Dargaah in Untadi village in Limbdi Taluka was inaccessible for rescue teams on ground

In northern Gujarat, heavy rains caused the Sabarmati river to overflow, while several dams have overflowed in neighbouring Rajasthan, where at least 10 people have died in the last two days due to drowning or houses collapsing.

Shockingly, all the dead persons, recovered from the banks of Banas River, were members of a single family living in Khariya village.

While Gujarat, Rajasthan, parts of Odisha remain the worst affected, the situation is reportedly improving in flood-ravaged Assam and states like West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. The Indian Army rescued as many as 29 passengers from a bus from Godan-Badanwari road on Wednesday night. While the Air Force has been kept on standby and rescue agencies are at work like teams of National Disaster Response Force and other, to evacuate people.

"NDRF rescued 450 persons on Tuesday, 56 on Wednesday; IAF 114 on Tuesday, and 40 on Wednesday, while Army rescued 580 persons on Tuesday and 214 on Wednesday, " the minister said.

Monsoon flooding also hit India's northeastern Assam, affecting almost 1.9 million people and killing at least 70. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cancelled all his official functions and rushed to Gujarat where he conducted an aerial view of the flood-hit Deesa, Tharad, Dhanera and Palanpur. Places like Banaskantha, Anand, Sabarkantha, Patan, and Valsad districts are flooded. More than 1,000 people have been rescued and 46,000 people shifted to safer locations from low lying areas of the state, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said.

"We will try to restore electricity to these villages at the earliest, like we did in Chotila, Morbi, and Tankara in Saurashtra", the Minister said.

Other districts such as Rajkot, Surat, and Ahmedabad have also witnessed record rain of 67mm, 29mm, and 18.6mm respectively.

India's Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rain over both states for the rest of the week.

These helicopters are also used for dropping and supply of relief material (food, water and medicines) to villages inaccessible by road to the rescue teams operating on ground.

"The Centre has assured of more financial aid once the survey of loss to life and property is carried out".

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