Heavy rains in districts of Surat, Valsad, Vadodara and Navsari have led a flood like situation in southern region of the otherwise rain deficit Gujarat. The region has received about 60 millimeters (mm) of rainfall in past 24 hours, even as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts heavy to very heavy rains for next couple of days.
The flood-like situation has led to deployment of at least one team of 45 personnel by the National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF), while six more teams are on standby in Vadodara, Amreli and Gandhinagar.
According to an NDRF spokesperson, over 100 have been rescued from districts like Valsad and Vapi, even as rescue operations continue in the region. NDRF teams are also supplying medical and food supplies to the affected areas.
"One team of 45 personnel has already been deployed while another is on its way. There are three teams in Gandhinagar, two in Vadodara and one in Amreli on standby. As soon as we receive a message, more teams will be deployed," the NDRF spokesperson said.
As per data released the State Emergency Operation Center of Revenue department data, during last 24 hours Valsad district has received 245 mm rains, Dang district received 104 mm rains and 96 mm rains have came in Navsari district in South Gujarat.
Heavy rains in South Gujarat have led to rivers and dams breaching the danger mark. Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam too has received over 73,000 cubic meters of fresh water due to heavy rains since last 24 hours.
According to the IMD data, as the state has received good rains in last one week, overall monsoon deficit has reduced from 47% to 39%. As on August 2, 2016 IMD has reported 229.6 mm rains as against normal rainfall of 376.3 mm.
While the state government's rescue operations are on, some of the villages in Valsad district have been cut off. Dharampur taluka has received highest 350 mm rains in last 24 hours.