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17 July 2017, 03:48 | Anna Nguyen
A damaged railway bridge over river Nagabali following flash floods in Rayagada district of Odisha on Sunday. PTI
Isolated places in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha region received heavy rain while in Maharashtra's Thane district, at least two persons were killed and four injured when a house collapsed in a village following rainfall.
Three people, who are stranded in gushing waters of Boghavo river, are likely to be rescued tomorrow morning, district administration said.
"We have pressed into service several teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and SDRF for rescue operations at various places on Saturday". There is a high-alert from weather department regarding heavy rains to across the state during the next 48 hours. True to the Meteorology department predictions, 12 districts received over 100 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.
"The air force has also joined in the rescue operations", Principal Secretary (Revenue) Pankaj Kumar said after a meeting of top officials convened by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to take stock of the situation.
Hundreds of people in these three districts were shifted to safer places from low-lying areas near rivers and dams.
In Chotila town of Surendranagar district, 18 inches of rainfall was recorded while Kaprada in Valsad district of South Gujarat received 10 inches of rainfall.
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The monsoon flooding has clogged roads and submerged areas.
Following heavy rains, Aji and Macchu rivers in Rajkot and Surendranagar districts respectively, have swelled, after which people living in low-lying areas near the river have been alerted.
South Gujarat region also received heavy rainfall. "A total of 11 NDRF teams have been kept on standby in affected districts". The worst hit districts include Rajkot, Morbi, Surendranagar and Jamnagar.
The high-alert has been issued for Fatehgadh in Kutch district, Kankavati in Jamnagar, Demi 3 and Machhu 3 in Morbi district, Khodapiper in Rajkot, and Marshal and Trivenisang in Surendranagar district.
Level of water in Narmada dam is 117 meter which is 85.26 per cent of its capacity.
In total, the capacity of all 203 reservoirs across Gujarat is 15,770.39 million cubic meter of which 5,215.85 mcm water has been stored as on 8 am today.
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Jorhat Deputy Commissioner said that health as well as veterinary camps have been organised in the district. Almost 1.2 million people were affected by the floods in 24 of the state's 32 districts.
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