Last Sunday, when Banas river flooded its embankment, several villages in Deesa, Dhanera and Kankrej were inundated. At least 28 villagers of Khariya in Kankrej taluka who were in their fields were caught in the raging floods. All of them took refuge on the terrace of Mr Sangram's house. But after almost six hours, the house got swept away.
17 villagers died including Mr Sangram's five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter. He and his wife clung onto a tree and were rescued after almost 48 hours.
"The water didn't give us any chance... There was no proper alert... We thought it would be normal floods that took place in 2015... but this time everything got swept away," he told NDTV.
A man who lost his mother in the floods, wants his MLA to be on the ground.
"I have lost my mother, my house, everything... The least we expect is our local MLA to be here," said Gandabhai.
The Congress has six MLAs from the district - four in worst flood-affected areas and all of them are now in Bengaluru. Realising that their absence could damage their chances in the forthcoming assembly polls, some have deployed their family members in flood-affected areas.
Deesa MLA Govabhai Desai's son Sanjay is going door-to-door in affected areas for relief work. He counters the BJP's charge that the Congress legislators are missing.
"He was there when the heavy rains came in... Moving not just in his constituency but other areas as well. BJP is trying to politicise it," said Sanjay Desai.
But the message from the flood-affected is clear: Forget politics and help in this hour of crisis.
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