Gandhinagar: Incessant rains have claimed lives of at least 29 people in Gujarat as rains continued to lash the southern regions of Gujarat like Navsari, Valsad, Junagadh, Amreli, and Gir-Somnath. Eleven teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the state and residents from the low-lying areas have been moved to higher regions for safety measures. The fishermen too have been advised to refrain from venturing into the sea until the rains recede.

The state has recorded average 10.57-inch rain till July 15, with the maximum rainfall recorded in South Gujarat at 27.20 inches. While Saurashtra, Central, and North Gujarat received 8.22, 8.30 and 4.13 inches rain respectively. Umargam Taluka of Valsad district received the highest rainfall at 69.21 inches. The heavy showers have thrown normal life out of gear in these districts as major roads and highways remained waterlogged.

More than 90 rail passengers who were stranded in the Gir-Somnath district due to flooding of railway tracks between Gir-Gadhada and Harmaliya were rescued and evacuated safely by an NDRF team. The MeT department has said that heavy to very heavy rainfall can be expected in South Gujarat for next 24 hours.

Gujarat chief minister Bijay Rupani visited the State Emergency Operation Centre in Gandhinagar to take stock of preparedness for tackling the situation arising out of possible heavy rains in different parts of the state. seeing a press conference later, CM Rupani said that the authority is all set to tackle any situation and the NDRF teams are on toes to rescue people. He further clarified that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Gujarat visit schedule has not been changed yet.

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