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Surat rains: 795 people moved to safe locations

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Heavy rains were reported from 172 talukas in the last six hours in Gujarat of which maximum rain was reported from Surat district. The city recorded 4 inches of rainfall in the last 24 hours resulting in low lying areas getting waterlogged.  In all 795 people were shifted to safe locations as water logging intensified in the evening.

The water level in Ukai Dam has touched 331.99 ft. As of now, 600 cusecs of water is being released from the dam and in all 1 lakh cusec of water will be released from the dam in installments. 

Surat rains shave also resulted in water level in the Rander-Katargam Causeway touching 7.54 mt by 10 am. The Mithi Khadi that passes through the city is overflowing with several areas in Parvat Patiya and Limbayat reporting flooding. 

Rescue operations

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The fire department rescued several people from the Saniya Hemad area after they were trapped in a temple due to the floodwater. Fifteen people were reduced from Madhav Baugh society in the same area. In all, close to 100 people were rescued from the area.

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Relief and rescue operations were carried out in eight areas of the city. 163 people have been rescued so far due to the heavy rains from various parts of the city.

The maximum rainfall was reported from the Central Zone in Surat city which recorded 44 mm of rainfall. Umarpada taluka in Surat district recorded 12 inches of rainfall so far resulting in rivers and check dams overflowing. Some bridges in the district were also submerged in water. 

CM takes stock of the situation

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Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had a talk with Surat Collector and Surat Municipal Commissioner over the water logging in the city and district. In view of the Surat rains, the government has asked the administration to move people from low lying areas to safe places while villages around the Ukai Dam have also been alerted that they will have to move if the water level continues to rise.

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