7dead as heavy rains lash several parts of Gujarat

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Air Force and the National Disaster Response Force are helping the state administration in relief and rescue operations.

The death toll in heavy rains and monsoon flooding in India's western state of Gujarat has risen to 15 during the past three days, officials said Monday.

"Today 40 persons were rescued in Jodia tehsil of Jamnagar".

"We have used drone to drop essentials for these three persons, including food items, mobile phones and warm clothes for their use before water level comes down", Collector Udit Agarwal said.

"A middle-aged couple was swept by water near Jeta Kuba village in Lodhika taluka this morning". District administrations of affected regions have asked citizens not to venture out of their houses.

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Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held an emergency meeting this morning to review the situation.

Chotila town in Surendranagar district saw 18 inches of rain, Tankara 17 inches, Rapar 11 inches and Padadhari-Mundra-Anjaar receiving six inches of rains in last 24 hours.

"Five disaster response force teams have also been kept on standby for any emergency", the officials said.

As many as 12 districts in the state received over 100 mm of rains in last 24 hours till 5 pm on Saturday.

Rajkot Municipal Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani said, adding they have alerted citizens not to venture out of houses.

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Water-logging in low-lying areas has closed many roads and thrown life out of gear in Rajkot city, he said. In all more than 2 million people have been displaced, authorities say. "While Navalbhai Khunt (45) could not be saved, his wife was rescued", Rajkot District Collector Vikrant Pandey said.

In fact, as per reports at least 9 people have been killed and around 400 people have been rescued by the NDRF and the Indian Air Force after heavy rains caused Chaos over the state.

"The NDRF teams have been stationed in Tankar, Chotila and Valsad, Surat of South Gujarat and Palanpur in north Gujarat", an official release said.

Commercial capital of Saurashtra region, Rajkot received more than 22 inches of rains till late evening.

In Rajkot, as many as 93 different areas were inundated.

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Gujarat floods have been continuing to wreak havoc over the state.

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