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Heavy rains lash south Gujarat, transport disrupted



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Ahmedabad, July 12: Heavy rains lashed south Gujarat region during the last 24 hours ending Wednesday, caused by cyclonic circulation system over Chhattisgarh and Odisha, disrupting transport services.

Out of the 250 odd talukas (blocks) of the state, 99 received a significant amount of rainfall led by Navsari district with 178 mm. Mahuva in Surat district received 176 mm rain.

This was followed by Jalalpore with 169 mm, Valod 142 mm, and Valsad with 126 mm. Halol region in Panchmahals district a in central Gujarat received 123 mm of rainfall.

The torrential downpour disrupted rail services in the state forcing cancellation of many trains, especially on the busy Ahmedabad-Mumbai route. The Karnavati Express and aAhmedabad-Mumbai Double Decker Express had to be cancelled, while the Garib Rath had to be halted at the Vadodara railway junction.

There were reports of waterlogging on many of the roads, including the national highways. The traffic got jammed on the national highway 8A near Navsari in southern Gujarat.

Due to the heavy rains and water logging, around a thousand persons had to be relocated to safety.

Waterlogging was also reported from Valsad district, where the rising waters of the Auranga river entered many houses.

Jayesh Patel, a revenue official in Valsad said: “Two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to help relocate residents.”

A total of fifteen teams of NDRF have been deployed across the state, and are on a standby, ready to be put into action in case of disasters. The state authorities have advised fishermen not to venture out into the seas.

“Heavy rainfall is expected in the eastern, central and southern districts of the state like Dahod and Panchmahals in the next 24 hours to follow. There will be normal to moderate rains in north Gujarat, Kutch and the rest of the state for a couple of days,” said India Meteorological Department director Jayanta Sarkar.


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Madhya Pradesh: Three killed in Burhanpur blast



Bhopal, July 18: At least three people were killed after a blast in a cold storage in Burhanpur’s Ichhapur on Wednesday.

According to the reports, one person was injured. Police investigation underway in the mishap.

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Central Kerala badly affected by rains, 14 dead, 10,000 shifted to relief camps



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Thiruvananthapuram, July 18: Unabated rains over the past few days have badly affected normal life in Kottayam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Idukki districts in Kerala. At least 14 people have died in the past 10 days.

With the Met predicting more rains in the next four-five days that may advance towards the northern part of the state, the authorities are carrying out relief on an aggressive footing.

Around 10,000 people have been put up in relief camps.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ordered district authorities on Wednesday to immediately release an amount of Rs 1,000 each to all those who are in these camps on or before July 17 even if they have gone home.

The state cabinet also directed Chief Secretary Tom Jose to see that an immediate assessment was made of the damages caused by the heavy monsoon.

On account of overflowing Meenachil river in Kottayam, the Southern Railway decided to cancel 10 trains on Wednesday. Most of these were short distance trains between Ernakulam to Kollam.

There were less rains on Tuesday and Wednesday with Thiruvananthapuram district witnessing a bright sunny day. Kollam reported less rains.

At Kottayam, the worst affected were the low-lying areas. Residents and rescue teams transported more than 50 people to relief camps on boats from these areas.

“A funeral was conducted with great difficulty as there was no place in the house to place the body,” a villager in Kottayam told the media.

A busy entrance exam coaching centre in Pala near Kottayam was flooded and closed for a week.

Compared to the past five years, Kerala has received 18 per cent more rains in 2018 and has now recorded the highest in the five year period, the Met figures showed.

Leader of Opposition R. Chennithala, who is part of an all-party delegation led by Vijayan that will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, said the state government must ensure to ask for an urgent release of funds to mitigate the loss suffered due to the heavy rains.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday assured in the Lok Sabha that the Centre will take a favourable approach to the calamity.


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3 killed as buildings collapse in Greater Noida, Rescue operation underway



New Delhi, July 18: At least three people lost their lives after two multi-storey buildings collapsed in Greater Noida’s Shahberi village on Tuesday.

Many others are feared to be trapped under the debris.

The incident took place around 10 pm on Tuesday in Shahberi village of Bisrakh when a five-storey building collapsed on an adjacent under-construction building, officials said.

Four National Disaster Response Force teams and a dog squad present at the spot. Rescue operations are underway.

In connection with the incident, the police arrested three people including the builder and his two associates.

Taking cognisance of the mishap, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked the District Magistrate to follow up with the National Disaster Response Force team and Police for relief measures and to ensure immediate rescue.


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