This Article is From Jul 29, 2015

Rescue Teams Roped in as Heavy Rains Lash Rajasthan

Incessant rains have led to a flood like situation in parts of south Rajasthan, 12 villages of Jalore district have been inundated

Jalore, Rajasthan: Incessant rains over the past two days have led to a flood like situation in parts of south Rajasthan that borders Gujarat. 12 villages of Jalore district have been inundated, and rescue operations by helicopters have saved 53 people till yesterday, according to officials.

The situation has worsened after check dams have been breached in the area, leading to more flooding. Local administration is still rescuing marooned villagers with the help of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) relief teams in boats.

While speaking to NDTV on the phone, senior government official, Jitendra Soni said, "The situation was under control but still tense. The entire administration had been moved to Sanchore town to oversee rescue efforts."

All schools in the area have been asked to remain closed till tomorrow. The worst affected towns in Jalore district are Bhinmal and Sanchore. Till yesterday, Jalore had received approximately 79 milimetres of rainfall. The monsoon department has predicted heavy rainfall in parts of the region over the next few days.

The Director of Indian Meteorological Department, Laxman Singh Rathore said, "R K Jain, member secretary NDMA convened a meeting with the DG IMD, NDRF, Central Water Commission and Resident Commissioners of Gujarat and Rajasthan and directed for pre-positioning of NDRF team at strategic locations as per predicted rainfall and likely flood like situation,"

Normal life has been disrupted in other districts like Dungarpur and Sirohi also due to heavy rainfall. The popular tourist spot of Mount Abu saw a minor landslide, while pilgrims were stranded at the Baneshwar dham in Dungarpur.