Rajkot: Incessant rains have played havoc in
the Kutch region, displacing around 3,000 people. Nearly 70
boats and 450 fishermen are said to be missing in the stormy
sea, sources said.
The Coast Guard has launched a search operation in the
Arabian Sea near Porbandar and Veraval to locate these
According to sources, while nearly 307 towns in the
region are facing power failure since last night, road traffic
in Kutch and Porbandar-Somnath has also been severely hit
following the overnight rains, worsening the situation.
A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has
been sent to Kutch, while a nine-member team from Rajkot Fire
Brigade has also reached to help the district authorities in
the ongoing rescue operation. Food packets are being
distributed to the evacuated people, sources said.
Despite the rescue-operation, many low-lying areas here
including Ashapur Nagar, Bhanushali Nagar, Sanskar Nagar are
still submerged in waist-deep water. Officials, however,
expressed confidence that by evening, residents of these areas
would be able to return to their homes.