Tragic! 17 members of same family die in deadly Gujarat floods

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The flood situation remains particularly dire in Gujarat, prompting an aerial survey by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as rescue operations remain in full force.

A senior Gujarati government official, Pankaj Kumar, said 2655 stranded villagers had been rescued from Banaskantha district, with at least 260 airlifted to safey by India s Air Force. State government officials also said with rain-situation easing on Wednesday, sanitary teams from different municipal corporations including from Surat will be rushed to Banaskantha district to ensure cleanliness and sanitation. A high alert has been sounded as more than 20 highways of the state got submerged into floods.

At least 10 people have died in the past two days due to drowning and house collapses in Rajasthan, where air force helicopters evacuated 450 people from inundated areas in Jalore, Pali and Sirohi districts, the flood relief department said. Over 300 buses have been cancelled so far. "Following a request from the state, more NDRF teams and six additional boats have been sent to Gujarat".

"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.

The MeT Centre here predicted that heavy to very heavy rain would occur at several places in Gujarat during the next two days. The Dholidhaja, Vansal and Nimbam dams in Surendranagar; the Machchhu-1 and Ghodadharoi in Morbi; and the Kankawati dam in Jamnagar districts are at 90 percent capacity.

"The release of water from the Vasna barrage into the river has also caused inundation of low-lying areas", she said. Medical staff from other districts have also been deployed in Banaskantha to speed up the efforts. / AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images Indian men transport goods on a three wheeled cargo bicycle along a road as heavy monsoon rain falls in Kolkata on July 23, 2017.

Five National Highways, 153 State Highways and 674 Panchayat roads remained closed for vehicular traffic due to floods, hampering relief and rescue operations.

Skymet Weather has evaluates the cause of the heavy rain to be a low-pressure area over South Gujarat.

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