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India Flood Situation Report - Gujarat July 2005

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Gujarat
Owing to unprecedented heavy rains, the state of Gujarat has been experiencing floods and inundation of low lying areas. The situation in the state is reported to be critical in the districts of Vadodara, Kheda and Anand. In other parts of the state flood waters have started receding and life is slowly getting back to normal. The affected Districts are: Surat, Valsad, Navsari, Bharuch, Vadodara, Surendranagar, Dangs, Ahmedabad, Anand, Kheda, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Rajkot, Narmada, Jamnagar, Gandhinagar and Sabarkanth. The total number of Taluka affected is 117 with 9000 villages. However, as per the latest report, severely affected districts are Vadadora, Anand and Kheda, which include about 2000 villages. The cities experiencing severe inundation conditions are Vadodara, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Navari, Surat and Limbdi, Dakor, Anand, Khed, Petlkad, Borsad. The rivers reported to be flowing above danger levels are Vishwamitri (Vadodara District,) Shedhi and Vatrak (Kheda district). Due to topography and poor drainage, the rain water has changed its course and flooded the villages, the roads, power supply other lifeline infrastructures. The small rivulets such as Bhuki Khadi in Amod and Jambusar flowing from Vodadara have overflown inundating roads and villages.


Affected due to Flood and inundation

Districts: 20

Districts Severely affected : 10

Valsad, Navsari, Bharuch, Surat, Vadodara, Anand,

Kheda, Ahmedabad, Amreli, Surendranagar

Talukas : 117

Villages : 10, 000

Cities : 11

Wide spread rainfall in Valsad, Surat Navsari, Dangs

Two villages each in Matar Taluka, Kheda Taluka and Memadabad Taluka are still under water. The State Government is trying to establish contact with all the villages. A total of 132 persons have been reported dead either due to drowning or collapse of building walls. The power supply has been affected in about 6,000 villages and 56 towns. 394 regional water supply schemes have been affected, covering 5752 villages and 32 town. Transportation in the affected districts is reported to have slowed down due to closure of 259 state managed road routes, but 95 state road routes are opened for movement. 1239 panchayat managed road have been closed for movements. The railway tracks at many low lying stretches have been submerged. Ahmedabad-Himmatnagar rail route remained paralyzed. One bridge in Amerli was washed away.

The irrigation department has issued high alert for 41 dams in the affected districts and 10 dams are on alert while 13 dams are on warning level.

Evacuation

The state administration has evacuated around 500,000 affected persons to safe locations such as primary and secondary schools, community halls, guest houses, temples and village panchayat premises. These are being used as temporary shelters.

Relief

About 270,000 food packets, 236,000 water pouches and 300 family kits and 14,000 packets of milk powder have been distributed in the relief camps. The drinking water arrangements are being coordinated by Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB) through portable tankers. The administration has air dropped 5 tonnes of food materials for persons in the affected areas.

A team of 639 members of which 34 medical officers and 200 para medics have been deployed in the relief camps. Adequate supply of necessary medicines and chorine tablets were distributed. Water tanks and wells were chlorinated with bleaching powder. ORS packets distributed.

Rescue Operations:

The states has deployed army columns, air force, CRPF, state police and fire brigade personnel in Khed, Vadodara, Anand districts. 34 boats have been deployed for rescue operations while 11 Indian Air Force Helicopters have been conducting rescue operations and air dropping of relief materials. The trained fire brigade rescue teams from all city municipal cooperation and local bodies are carrying out emergency operations in affected cities. 400 stranded passengers of Shanti Express at Dakor have been rescued. In Gujarat, railway personnel are working round the clock to restore tracks. The passengers stranded in various trains and in railway stations have all reached their destinations safely.

Restoration:

Power and water supply has been restored in majority of villages and towns.

For most affected areas water is supplied through tankers such as in Kheda, Anand and Vadodra. The bridge in Amerli is being restored. Traffic on the Express Highway has been operational in a limited way. National Highways are also operation for selected vehicles. Rail transport has been revived on Delhi-Mumbai route.

Administrative Measure

- The Union Home Secretary, Shri V. K. Duggal reviewed the situation with the Inter-Ministerial Committee. At the meeting, directions were issued to meet the State’s requirements for sugar, wheat, rice and some medicines. All the concerned Ministries and Departments of the Central Government are extending full support to the Gujarat Government.

- An inter- Ministerial team for assessing the damage is expected to visit the State early next week.

- The Chief Minister of Gujarat is reviewing the situation daily and a Crisis Management Group has been constituted to coordinate the emergency activities in the state.

- Secretary, in-charge of Disaster Management, Dr D. K. Shankaran reviewed the flood situation and relief and rescue operation at a meeting of high-level inter-ministerial committee.

- The state government in addition has prepared 400,000 ready to eat food packets and 40,000 family kits for affected population. The relief items are being distributed through air drops and roads where accessibility is possible.

- WHO staff have been monitoring the health and sanitation conditions in the affected districts.

- UNICEF is providing assistance to the state government by supplying emergency items ORS packets and Chlorine tablets.

- UNFPA staff member in Baroda is monitoring the situation closely.

- All Project Officers- UNVs and other staff members of GOI -- UNDP DRM Programme are assisting the state district and block level administration for emergency information operations and technical related activities in Emergency Operating Centers.