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Gujarat Floods: Number Of Deaths Increases To 218 As More Bodies Found

The flood toll in Gujarat has risen to 218 this monsoon, with 61 people killed in Banaskantha district, an official said on Monday. 

“218 people have died, with 61 in Banaskantha and seven in neighbouring Patan district,” an official of the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) said.

The toll increased in the last two days after more bodies were found as flood waters receded in Banaskantha and Patan districts of north Gujarat, he said.

Floods due to rain and release of water from dams affected 4.5 lakh people in the state, with over 39,000 people shifted to safer places and 11,400 rescued by teams of the Army, Air Force and National and State Disaster Response Forces.

Most of the people who relocated have now returned to their villages.

Administration has now focused on providing them food and preventing outbreak of water-borne diseases.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani is camping in the Banaskantha-Patan area for the last four-five days.

In one village, floods claimed the lives of 14 members of a family, officials said.

The situation became serious as a huge volume of water was released from Dantiwada and Sipu dams. 

Mr Rupani on Monday visited the affected villages in Patan district.

He plans to stay in the area for three more days, said an official.

Normalcy will be restored in another ten days, he assured the people.

In Patan, he said, 58 out of the 87 damaged roads have been restored, and 153 medical camps set up.

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