India: Gujarat floods situation report, 4 Jul 2005, 7.30pm

Situation Report
Originally published

Owing to unprecedented heavy rains in 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 Sabarkantha. The total number of taluka affected is 117 with 8000 villages. However during last 24 hrs severely affected districts are Vadodara, Anand and Kheda and 2000 villages. The cities experiencing severe inundation conditions are

Vadodara, Nadiad, Ahmedabad, Navsari, Surat and Limbdi, Dakor, Anand, Kheda, Petlad, Borsad. The rivers reported to be flowing above danger levels are Vishwamitri ( Vadodara District,) Shedhi and Vatrak ( Kheda district). In Bharuch district Vagra, Amod, Jambusar Talukas have been heavily affected. Due to topography and poor drainage of rain water, the rain water has changed its course and flooded the villages affecting the roads, power supply other lifeline infrastructures. The small rivulets such as Bhuki Khadi in Amod and Jambusar flowing from Vododara 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

Fig 1: Received rainfall between 100-300 mm during the past 24 hrs( 2nd -3rd July) in Amreli, Anand, Bharuch Vadodara, and Kheda Navsari, Surat

Average rainfall of the state 619 mm i.e 69%
Average rainfall in % received in Affected CitiesVadodara 125%, Nadiad76% , Ahmedabad 71%, Navsari 105%, Surat 87% and Limbdi107%, Anand113% , Kheda 97% , Petlad 122% , Borsad 147% .


Two villages each in Matar Taluka, Kheda Taluka and Memadabad Taluka are still marooned. 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, collapse of building walls. The power supply has been affected in 5949 villages, 56 Towns, while 2227 electricity feeder and 1050 electricity distribution transformers has been disrupted.

394 regional water supply schemes have been affected, while water supply in 5752 villages and 32 towns has been affected. 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 remained opened for movement. 1239 panchayat managed roads have been closed for movements keeping 302 panchayat roads opened for accessibility. The railway tracks at many low lying stretches have been submerged. Ahmedabad-Himmatnagar (Sabarkantha) rail route remained paralyzed. One bridge in Amerli (1- Raidi) was washed away.

River/Dams on Alert

The irrigation department has issued high alert for 41 dams in the affected districts and 10 dams on are on alert while 13 dams are on warning level. Thole Lake in Kadi is at 13.50 Ft (danger level of 14.00 ft) while Pratappura Dam ( Vadodara) water has been released to avert danger. Shedi and Vatrak river in Kheda is flowing at danger level. Water level in Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia ( Narmada) is 111.66 mtrs as reported on 3rd July. Vansal dam of Chuda (Amreli district) is flowing at danger level



The state administration has evacuated 500,000 affected persons to Safe locations including primary and secondary schools, community halls, Panchayat are being used as temporary shelters. Till date 296975 persons have been evacuated from Surendranagar(1900) Bharuch(42717),Kheda(28941),Navsari(33096), Surat(33727), Ahmedabad(5267) and Valsad(3800), Vadodara (99022), Anand ( 32694) Amreli (11525), Bhavnagar (1216) ,Gandhinagar ( 1250), Jamnagar (200) Junagadh (940), Mahesana (230), Panchmahal( 51) Sabarkantha (375),Narmada (24) districts. During the past 24 hrs in the worst affected districts of Kheda 2000 persons and in Vadodara 25742 persons have been evacuated to safer places.


At the relief/temporary camps necessary requirements such as 269678 food packets, 236000 water pouches and 300 family kits, 14100 packets of milk powder have been distributed. The drinking water arrangements are being coordinated by Gujarat Water Supply & Sewerage Board (GWSSB) through portable tankers. 27470 and 35000 pouches of water provided to Nadiad and Anand. In Anand 23975 food packets (1558 Namkin, 1500 groundnut, 1016 bread and 875 biscuits packets) have been distributed. The administration has air dropped 5 tonnes of food materials for persons in the affected areas from Ahmedabad and Vadodara airport. A team of 639 members of which 34 medical officers and 200 Para medics have been deployed in the relief camps. Adequate supply of needed medicines, chlorine tablets distributed (867199) and for 4338 tanks and wells chlorination done & 3825 ORS packets distributed and 552 kg of bleaching powder. Disinfectants 10 Metric tones of bleaching powder distributed in Vadodara and 3.5 Metric tonnes in Anand and Nadiad.

Rescue Operations:

The state has deployed 9 army Colums of 610 personnel in Kheda, Vadodara, Anand, and company of CRPF in Matar (2) Nadiad ( 4) with 34 boats ( OBM and Non-OBM) have been deployed for rescue operations while 11 Indian Air Force Helicopters have been conducting rescue operations and air dropping of relief materials . 600 trained SRP personnel and State Police force have been deployed. The trained fire brigade rescue teams from all city municipal cooperations and Nagarpalikas (city local bodies) are carrying out emergency operations in the affected cities. 13 people have been rescued from Kheda(4 persons) and 200 students from Haryala Gurukul have been shifted to safe place. 400 stranded passengers of Shanti Express at Dakor have been rescued. Till 3rd July 83 persons have been rescued. In Gujarat, railway personnel are working round the clock to restore tracks and start traffic. The passengers stranded in various trains and in railway stations have all reached their destinations safely.


Power supply has been restored in 5068 villages and 52 towns with 2022 feeders restored and 673 electricity distribution transformers restored.

Water supply has been restored in 3621 villages, and 25 Towns Water is supplied through tankers n Kheda, Anand and Vadodara. The bridge in Amerli (1- Raidi) is being resorted. Traffic on the Express Highway has been operational in a limited way since yesterday evening. NH-8 also became operational for selected vehicles yesterday the traffic movement commenced late evening on the State Express Highway for traffic movement. National Highway 6, 8 and 8E and 59 have also become operational for select vehicles. Rail transport has been revived on Delhi-Mumbai route. However Railway services between Ahmedabad-Baroda-Mumbai, Ahmedabad-Bhavnagar-Rajkot.


- 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 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.

- In Baroda the collector has initiated a NGO coordination cell to facilitate the coordination of relief activities carried out by various agencies.

- A detailed damage assessment would be carried out by the district administration.

- An emergency meeting of all the line departments was convened by Collector & DM of Bharuch District to take stock of the situation and to initiate damage assessment work

- Home Guards and fire personnel trained in Sinor Taluka of Bharuch District are delivering services in rescuing people marooned by flood water. The emergency rescue kits such as life jackets, rings and ropes those provided by GSDMA at the district and Taluka level are in full use. Local DMT and community members are playing a constructive role through establishing communication with Taluka and District Control rooms, arranging emergency supplies particularly ready to eat food and are helping the rescue mission in Amod and Jambusar Talukas

- Disaster Management Team (DMT) members at villages & block level and Village Disaster management Committees(VDMC), City Disaster Management Committee(CDMC) and District Disaster Management committee(DDMC) are also associated with rescue & relief operation. The emergency rescue kits supplied under DRM programme as well as World Bank component are being used to carry out rescue operations. Community equipments and other related equipments provided for strengthening the EOCs are also being used. The trained personnel for flood rescue are assisting deployed rescue teams in all the affected districts.

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

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

- 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 & block level administration for emergency information operations and technical related activities in the Emergency Operating Centres.


Disaster Management Relief Commissioner, Government of Gujarat

Tel: 079-23222667
Fax: 079-23251916

State Control Room:

Tel: 079-2320005
Fax: 079-23251916
Satellite Tel: 762483394


Disaster Management Department, Gujarat
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)
Central Water Commission (CWC)

For Further Information

G Padmanabhan
Emergency Analyst, UNDP
Mobile: 91 98104 02937