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Rain fury in Gujarat: Saurashtra on red alert

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Gujarat has so far received over 71% of its average annual rainfall

Rajkot: The Met department has predicted extremely heavy rain in Gujarat over next three-four days. Saurashtra has been put on red alert, with the administration making all preparations to deal with the situation.

Extremely heavy rain is likely in Rajkot, Junagadh and Jamnagar which have already been reeling under the rain fury for past few days.

According to IMD, there is a low pressure system which is currently stable in Odisha but is likely to move towards Gujarat, because of which Saurashtra has been put on red alert.

Fishermen have been warned not to venture into the sea during these days.

 

CM surveys Rajkot, Jamnagar

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel had conducted an aerial survey of rain-battered Rajkot and Jamnagar on Tuesday. These two are the worst-hit districts. He instructed the district administration officers to shift people out of low-lying areas.

Meanwhile, IAF helicopters, too, have joined rescue and relief operations.

 

State receives over 71% annual rainfall

The incessant rainfall in the state over past few days has reduced the rain deficit in the state. Gujarat has so far received 71.22 per cent of its average annual rainfall till 8 am on Wednesday. While Saurashtra has received the maximum, 84.24 per cent, the lowest, 56.41 per cent, has been recorded in North Gujarat.

Just two weeks ago, the state was facing a deficit of over 50 per cent.

The Sardar Sarovar is filled up to 53.25 per cent of its capacity. The water level in Ukai dam was close to its danger mark on Monday itself, prompting authorities to discharge water. In Devbhumi Dwarka, the gates of Vartu-2 dam had to be opened after it overflowed.

 

 

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