Palanpur : Heavy rains followed by floods in Banaskantha and Patan districts in north Gujarat last week have claimed over 16,000 cattle.
As per an official release, more than 16,000 cattle have been killed in the floods. Of these, 13,053 were killed in worst-hit Banaskantha district, while 3,001 died in Patan.
Union Minister of State for Home Haribhai Chaudhary, who is on a two-day visit to his constituency Banaskantha, visited flood-affected villages in Bhabhar, Vav, Tharad and Deesa tehsil today.
He assured that the government is taking all necessary steps for relief and rescue, the release added.
Speaking to reporters, Chaudhary said that out of 13,053 cattle killed in the flood in Banaskantha, local administration has discarded 12,084 carcasses till now.
He further said that medical teams from Vadodara, Surat and Ahmedabad have been called to keep a check on epidemics.
As per the figures provided by the state emergency control, at least 53 persons have lost lives across the state in this recent rain and subsequent floods. Among these, 28 persons have died in Banaskantha while 5 died in Patan.
Meanwhile, the state government today announced to give a grant of Rs 3.78 crore to Patan district.
According to an official release, electricity supply was badly hit due to floods in Patan. Till now, administration has restored electricity in 457 villages, while 65 villages are still without electricity.