Friday, July 31, 2009
Gujarat flood relief work in full swing
Personnel of the National Disaster Management Force (NDMF) on Sunday distributed food packets to people in flood-affected areas in Gujarat.
Over 40 NDMF personnel have been involved in rescue and relief activities in Porbandar district, where several villages have been marooned by floods.
The personnel also distributed food packets to people in marooned Gosa, Madhavpur, Chikasa and Rajpur villages in the district through helicopters.
"Rescue operations have started and we have distributed 40,000 food packets. We have also distributed 50,000 packets through two helicopters, which have been put in to use.
In Porbandar city, 20 pumps of 920 horsepower have been installed to dewater marooned areas," said M.B. Parmar, collector Porbandar district.
The State authorities have also dispatched medical teams to the areas.
Over 3,000 families in Junagadh, Porbandar and Jamnagar districts have been shifted to safer places.
According to sources heavy rains have led to overflowing of almost all the dams in the Jamnagar region, leading to flooding in the nearby areas.
The water has also inundated the roads, culverts and bridges, disrupting transport and cutting off the region from rest of the state.
Agricultural lands with sown crops have been badly damaged. The overall losses caused by the heavy downpour are estimated to be millions of rupees.
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