PALANPUR: Saurashtra got a breather from incessant rainfall but north Gujarat reeled under heavy wet spell on Sunday, forcing district authorities to shift 1,536 people in Banaskantha and 80 from Patan district to safer locations.
B L Bamaniya, additional resident collector, Banaskantha told TOI that 316 people were evacuated in Nani village of Lakhni taluka while several others had to be shifted from villages in Tharad, Dhanera, Deodar and other talukas after incessant rains flooded their houses and farms.
Heavy waterlogging at Hatkeshwar circle in Ahmedabad due to heavy rains since morning.
Pankaj Kumar, principal secretary, revenue, informed on his Twitter handle that 45 were shifted near Deesa after Sherpura and Pechdal ponds overflowed. Also, five more rain-related deaths were reported across the state. Approach roads to 10 villages in Amigadh were affected due to flow of water on the causeway. Kumar said that efforts are on to start 25 state highways that are closed due to flooding in nine districts. These include seven in Surendranagar, four in Banaskantha, three each in Patan, Kheda and Amreli and one each in Valsad, Rajkot and Botad and two in Ahmedabad district. The Tharad-Dhanera road was also closed as the diversion was washed out.
Chief minister Vijay Rupani conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected Surendranagar districts and held review meetings with the district collectors at Chotila and Jamkandorna on Sunday. Hill station Mount Abu was also pounded by continuous rainfall since Friday night.