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Gujarat: Heavy rain kills three, NDRF & IAF rescue people stranded in flood



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Ahmedabad, July 23: Heavy rains since Friday night created a flood-like situation in several parts of Gujarat on Saturday, leaving three persons dead, the state government said.

Surendranagar, Rajkot and Morbi districts in Saurashtra region were the worst affected by the heavy rains and the IAF, and the NDRF along with district authorities conducted massive relief and rescue operations at different places.

The National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued several people from these areas and relocated them to safer locations.

As many as 214 people, who were stranded at different places in these affected districts, were rescued.

Morbi district disaster relief team officials said Maliya Miyana village was flooded after water was released from Machhu 2 and 3 dams and around 50 persons were rescued.

Ten gates of Machhu-2 and 14 gates of Machhu-3 dams were opened, leading to release of 55,000 cusec and 59,000 cusec of water respectively, they said.

“Two hundred people were rescued from different parts of the district by NDRF, IAF and fire brigade teams,” Morbi District Collector IK Patel said.

Three persons died after being swept away by water at Jasdan taluka in Rajkot, Lathi in Amreli, and Junagadh, a state emergency operations centre official said.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who headed a disaster review meeting on Saturday, told media that Surendranagar, Rajkot, Morbi, Amreli, Junagadh, Gir Somnath districts in Saurashtra received heavy rainfall.

As many as 65 roads and 10 state highways were damaged due to the rains, he said.

“NDRF, IAF and state rescue teams have so far rescued 214 people, stranded at different places,” Rupani said, adding that 6,235 people have been shifted at safer places from low lying areas near rivers and dams.

According to Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner BN Pani, a two-storey building in Hathikhana area of the city collapsed but there was no casualty.

“The city has received over 72 mm rain and water in the Lalpari reservoir has overflown. Nearly 60 people living in the nearby areas have been shifted to safer places,” Pani said.

Surendranagar is the worst affected district in the Saurashtra region as over 350 mm rainfall was recorded in the temple town of Chotila.

The Indian Air Force, in a release, said four MI-17V5 helicopters were deployed for rescue and relief operation in different areas of Surendranagar and Morbi districts.

“In all, four IAF helicopters were today engaged in rescue and relief work. More requests have been received from the civil administration as reports last came in with three aircrafts currently engaged in ongoing missions at various locations,” it said.

The NDRF said its teams carried out rescue operations in Limdi and Chotila talukas of Surendranagar district, where five persons were evacuated to safer places, six persons were shifted to safety in Rajkot, and 15 in Amreli.

State transport authorities said buses services have been temporarily discontinued on 17 routes due to waterlogging.

Train services in Samkhiyali, Maliya Miyan, Wankaner, Surendranagar and Viramgam were also suspended due to waterlogging on the route.

During the day, Deodar in Banaskantha received 204 millimetres of rains, followed by Kalol in Gandhinagar 181 mm and Bhabhar in Banaskantha 105 mm.

Ahmedabad city received over 100 mm of rain which led to waterlogging in several underpasses and roads.

According to IMD official Manorama Mohanty, Gujarat is likely to get light to moderate rains in the next four days while heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted in isolated areas.

Intensity of rains in Saurashtra region will decrease, she said, adding, “Port warning has been issued in Gujarat coast. Fishermen have been advised not to venture in the waters.”

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also instructed the Health Department to conduct a survey to check any spread of mosquito-borne diseases, besides distributing required medicines.

In wake of meteorological department’s forcast regarding heavy rains in various states, The Government warned of an increase in water levels of several rivers in the next three days and issues advisory for dams in different states.

WeForNews Bureau

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Civilian injured in accidental firing at J&K militant’s funeral



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Thousands attend the funeral procession of slain Lashkar militant Mudasir Ahmad Bhat of Parigam Yaripora, pic: Shah Hilal (Kashmir Life)

Srinagar, July 22 (IANS) A civilian was injured on Sunday in an accidental firing during the funeral of a slain militant in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, informed sources said.

Eyewitnesses said civilian Fayaz Ahmad was injured in the foot in Katrasoo village when the rifle of a militant went off accidentally during the funeral of Mudaser Bhat, who along with two others were killed in Khudwani area of the district in a gunfight with security forces earlier.

The injured was shifted to a Srinagar hospital.

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Five-storey building collapses in Ghaziabad, magisterial inquiry ordered



Gaziabad, July 22:A five-storey under-construction building collapsed on Sunday near Missal Gadi in Ghaziabad and there are fears of several labourers being trapped under the debris.A magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Four people were injured in the incident and teams from the fire department and National Disaster Management Force have been rushed to the spot. Rescue operations are underway.

Ghaziabad DM Ritu Maheshwari said, “Prima facie, there seems to be issues with quality of the building. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. 7 people have been rescued and sent to hospital. There is no casualty as of now. Rescue ops are underway.”



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Recently,two six-storey buildings in Shahberi village, one of which was under construction, collapsed around 9.15 pm. Prima facie investigation found out that the building layout plans were not approved by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA).

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Posters showing Rahul Hugging PM Modi emerge in Mumbai



Mumbai, July 22 : Several posters carrying the image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha have come up in Mumbai. The posters, which have been put by the Congress workers, also has a tagline that reads, “Nafrat se nahi, Pyar se jeetenge (we will win by love, not hatred).”

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Rahul garnered huge attention during the discussion on no-confidence motion on July 20 after he walked up to the Prime Minister and hugged him after concluding his fiery speech.

During his fiery rhetorical speech, Rahul attacked the Modi government and said, “I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love and turn it into love. I am the Congress. You taught me what it means to be a Hindustani, what it means to be a Hindu. It means to love somebody even if they attack you.”

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