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Met predicts more downpour for Gujarat, Maharashtra news
31 July 2006

At least 11 are dead and scores displaced as heavy rains lash gujarat and Maharashtra. The army has moved in to evacuate people in several areas. The met department has predicted more downpour, reports CNBC-TV18.

The wrath of the Rain Gods'' continues in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Gujarat has received 2 to 16 inches of rain in the past 48 hours. In Vadodra, it has been pouring since Saturday evening, with four villages near the city been completely submerged, army units are on standby.

"There is no news of any major damage because of the provisons made by the government," said Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Gujarat.

Nearly 2000 families have been evacuated from Navsari and Bharuch districts of South Gujarat. At least 11 people have died in the state in rain-related incidents. In the last 24 hours, 206 mm rainfall has been recorded. 1012 families have been evacuated in Vadodara. 3800 people have been shifted to safer areas in Bharuch. Traffic movement is slow on National Highway No: 8.Train services have been disrupted for 5-7 hours, compounding to commuters woes. Railways have informed that train services are slowly limping back to normal.

"In Maharashtra, the situation is equally grave. Army''s been deployed in areas of Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolapur. Almost 15,000 families in Sangli have been relocated. Flood alert has also been sounded in the low lying areas of Pune," said Arvind Khare, Divisional Railway Manager, Ahmedabad.

"Water levels in Mula and Mutha rivers have risen considerably.

Central government has decided to keep two helicopters on standby for relief operations. But the rain fury has started abating since last night," "With the rains finally showing signs of slowing down, the stranded souls may just about heave a sigh of relief," he added.

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Met predicts more downpour for Gujarat, Maharashtra