India: Gujarat floods situation report, 6 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 that the flood waters have started receding and life is slowly getting back to normal. There has been no occurrence of significant rainfall recorded in the last 24hrs. 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 186 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.

Map of Gujarat State indicating affected districts, and towns

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

Average rainfall of the state 623 mm i.e 69% as against state average of 863 mm

Affected Districts: 19

Districts Severely affected: 10

Valsad, Navsari, Bharuch, Surat, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Amreli, Surendranagar
Talukas: 186
Villages: 10, 000
Cities : 5
Towns : 92


- A total of 226 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 6531 villages, 57 Towns, while 2343 electricity feeder and 1166 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 262 state managed road routes, but 210 state road routes are remained opened for movement. 1561 panchayat managed roads have been closed for movements keeping 1234 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 12 dams on are on alert while 17 dams are on warning level. Narmada dam is overflowing at 1.0 meter above the thresh level. 32 dam are reported to be overflowing in Saurashtra Region (27) & Gujarat region (5) during the current season.



The state administration has evacuated 405,000 affected persons to safe locations including primary and secondary schools, community halls, ‘Dharmasalas’and temples in Village Panchayat are being used as temporary shelters. Since the last two days in moderately affected areas evacuated people are returning back to their homes.


- 600 relief/temporary camps have been functional with necessary requirements such as food packets, water pouches and family kits, packets of milk powder have been distributed with assistance from NGOs and supervised by district administration. The drinking water arrangements are being coordinated by Gujarat Water Supply & Sewerage Board (GWSSB) through portable tankers. A team of 980 members of which 366 medical officers and 2434 Para medics have been deployed in the relief camps. Adequate supply of needed medicines, chlorine tablets distributed (969416) and for 4338 tanks and wells chlorination done & 11245 ORS packets distributed and 1972 kg of TCL powder.

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


- Power supply has been restored in 6190 villages and 57 towns with 2198 feeders restored and 780 electricity distribution transformers restored.

-Water supply has been restored in 3919 villages, and 28 Towns. 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

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

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

- UNFPA staff member in Gandhinagar 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

- Helpage Medical Vans are treating patients in Nadiad, Surat and at Baroda

Action Taken

- 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.

- 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.

- 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