Published On: Wed, Jun 3rd, 2020

Cyclone Nisarga: Over 79,000 in Gujarat shifted to safety

Gujarat, June 03, 2020.

Around 79,000 people in Gujarat, majority of them in coastal districts of south Gujarat, have been have been shifted to safer locations as heavy rains coupled with extremely strong winds are expected to pound the region under the impact of Cyclone Nisarga over the next couple of days.

Harshad Patel, relief commissioner, said over 78,891 persons have been shifted to safer places. “Six team of SDRF and 13 teams of NDRF have been stationed at locations likely to be affected. Five more five NDRF teams will be deployed,” he said.

Approximately 15,000 living in vulnerable areas near the coast in Valsad, Surat and Navsari districts as well as union territory Daman were taken to safer places as precautionary measures on Tuesday.
Daman collector Rakesh Minhas told TOI: “The sea in Daman is rough and waves are raging up to 12 foot. We are geared up to tackle any eventuality.”

All industries in Daman and adjoining Silvassa have been told to shut operations on Wednesday.

According to Valsad collector RR Rawal, over 3,000 people living in one km periphery of the sea have been shifted and places to shelter them have been marked across the district. Two NDRF teams have arrived in the district and two more will be coming soon.”
Navsari collector Ardra Agarwal said, “We have alerted people on the coastal area and around 2,000 have been shifted to safer places.”
Surat collector Dhaval Patel said a team of NDRF has been deployed in the city for the rescue and relief operation if required and around 2,000 people from coastal villages were shifted on Tuesday.

The wind speed in Surat and Bharuch could reach up to 80 kmph.
In Bharuch, over 1,415 people were taken to safer locations in 25 vulnerable villages, said collector Dr. M D Modia.

On Tuesday, heavy rainfall continued to lash Amreli district with Savarkundla and near-by villages getting maximum rain that resulted in rivulets and drains overflowing. Heavy waterlogging was reported in Vijpadi village while 16 goats died after being struck by lightening. Temple town Palitana and nearby villages also reeled under wet spell along with some parts of Rajkot.

Bhavnagar district administration shifted 2,134 people from 34 villages while 1,800 from nine villages were shifted in Amreli district. Arrangements have been made in primary schools and community halls.

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