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Rs 500-crore relief for flood-hit Gujarat

Rs 500-crore relief for flood-hit Gujarat

Incessant rain has thrown normal life out of gear in several areas in the three districts of otherwise parched Rajasthan, hitting road and rail transport.

Since the beginning of the monsoon, at least 70 people have lost their lives due to rains in Gujarat. An IAF chopper appears above him, dropping a rope, and he makes a slow, suspense-filled ascent, finally helped into the helicopter by the Air Force officers.

The weather improved in Bengal on Tuesday with no heavy rain in most parts since last night.

The minister said over 53,000 people were shifted to the safer places, out of which 8,518 people have returned home following improvement in flood situation. Two teams of Border Security Force too have been pressed into service.The Met Department has predicted heavy showers in many parts of the state in the coming 48 hours.

18 bodies were discovered on a river bank in a village in Gujarat's Banaskantha district on Wednesday. Heavy rains are expected until July 29.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a meeting with officials at the state disaster control room in Gandhinagar to take stock of the situation and the rescue operation.

ECB calms markets with unchanged interest rates
Inflation remains at 1.3 percent, well below the bank's goal of just under 2 percent it considers best for the economy. Fed signalled an unwinding of its QE programme in May 2013 in what became known as the "taper tantrum".


In Assam at least 75 people have been killed and a state-wide emergency relief operation has been underway since April.

During the same period, Dharampur in Valsad district received 264 mm of rainfall, while Kadi in Mehsana received 191 mm of precipitation. As many as 31 of the 203 reservoirs in the state are full. Two main dams in Banaskantha, Dharoi and Sipu are overflowing, forcing the authorities to release waters in downstream rivers.

As monsoon moves over to the north, northern districts of the state such as Idar, Deesa should get ready to witness heavy rain for the next 24 hours.

These helicopters are also used for dropping and supply of relief material (food, water and medicines) to villages inaccessible by road to the rescue teams operating on ground.

Meanwhile, Northwestern railway has canceled a Ahmadabad-Agra fort train for today due to water logging under the tracks and several trains have been diverted. In all, entire Gujarat has registered 534 mm of rain, which is 66 per cent of its total usual seasonal average of 810 mm.


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