India: Gujarat floods situation report, 5 Jul 2005, 7.30pm


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 the 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.

Fig 1: Received rainfall between 100-300 mm during the past 24 hrs( 4th July) in Amreli, Anand, Bharuch Vadodara, and Kheda Navsari, Surat
Average rainfall of the state 619 mm i.e 69%

Due to flooding and inundation of topography, clogging of drainage channels

Affected Districts: 20
Districts Severely affected : 10
Valsad, Navsari, Bharuch, Surat, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Amreli, Surendranagar
Talukas : 117
Villages : 10, 000
Cities : 11


A total of 132 persons have been reported dead either due to drowning, collapse of building walls. 13 persons have been reported missing.

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 146 state road routes are remained opened for movement. 1550 panchayat managed roads have been closed for movements keeping 535 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 42 dams in the affected districts and 12 dams on are on alert while 14 dams are on warning level. Thole Lake in Kadi is at 12.50 Ft (danger level of 14.00 ft) Reports state that rivers are now flowing below danger level.



The state administration has evacuated 500,000 affected persons to Safe locations including primary and secondary schools, community halls, ‘Dharmasalas’ and temples in Village 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.


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. 10 Metric tonne of bleaching powder distributed in Vadodara and 3.5 Metric tonne in Anand and Nadiad.

Rescue Operations:

The state has deployed 14 army Colums of 610 personnel and company of CRPF in Kheda, , with 56 boats ( OBM and Non-OBM) have been deployed for rescue operations in Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad while 11 Indian Air Force Helicopters have been conducting rescue operations and air dropping of relief materials . 600 trained 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.


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 in Kheda, Anand and Vadodara. Chlorination of water source is being done to prevent out break of water borne diseases. The bridge in Amerli (1- Raidi) is being resorted.

Traffic on the Express Highway has been opened for limited operation. The State Express Highway and National Highway 6, 8 and 8E and 59 are operational for select vehicles. 4690 skilled workers and 87 JCB 363 dumpers/tractors are being used for restoring blocks roads. Rail transport has been revived on Delhi- Mumbai route. However Railway services between Ahmedabad-Baroda-Mumbai, Ahmedabad- Bhavnagar-Rajkot have slow rail traffic movement.


Today’s Action

- Community kitchens and "langars "(free public food distribution)" centres have been opened by NGO’s

- The state chief minister had a meeting with all political parties , cooperatives, industrial associations and voluntary organizations and appealed fir participation and cooperation in relief and rehabilitation work

- The Principle Secretary ( Revenue) and Commissioner of Relief reviews rescue and relief measures carried out by all departments twice a day and has released funds & cash dole payment for required operations

- The District Collectors officials and district officers are monitoring the emergency response activities

- Contact has been established with all affected villages and survey for damage and losses has commenced.

- 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.

- CASA has started feeding programme for 9,000 evacuees living in temporary shelters

- DanChurchAid has contributed US$ 20,000 to supplement the relief programme

Action Taken

- 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.

- 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.

- 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