Modi watches from air, a flood-ravaged Gujarat


Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday did an aerial survey of the flood-affected villages in Ahmedabad and Surendranagar districts. Over 10,000 food packets and drinking water pouches were air-dropped in 30 worst-affected villages of Dhandhuka taluka, which are still marooned although it has stopped raining after monsoon clouds moved towards UP.

Modi later held a meeting with his ministers and senior bureaucrats for carrying out emergency relief and rehabilitation works like distribution of cash doles and initiating measures to prevent spread of diseases post-floods.

According to Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Anandi Patel, a total of 79 persons have died owing to heavy rains this monsoon and 20,000 people have been evacuated. A survey about crop loss and payment of compensation to the farmers would be carried out as soon as the water recedes.

There is a drinking water crisis in 98 villages of Rapar taluka, as water cannot reach due to a breach in the Narmada canal. The Kutch district administration has now arranged for tankers to supply drinking water.

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