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Flooding in Gujarat’s cities has become worse, and the opposition is blaming the state government

<p>Due to torrential rains that created flood-like conditions in many Gujarati districts on September 18, more than 600 people who were stuck in floods were safely rescued and approximately 12,000 people were evacuated to shelters and safer regions.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-190508″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-09-19t182716.434.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com download 2023 09 19t182716.434″ width=”1387″ height=”670″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-09-19t182716.434.jpg 323w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-download-2023-09-19t182716.434-150×72.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1387px) 100vw, 1387px” title=”Flooding in Gujarat's cities has become worse, and the opposition is blaming the state government 6″></p>
<p>For the second day in a row on Monday, the Narmada dam and nine other reservoirs overflowed as a result of persistently heavy rain. State officials responded by deploying teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and starting the process of evacuating vulnerable citizens to safe areas.</p>
<p>The government said in a formal statement that 11,900 people who lived in low-lying regions in the districts of Vadodara, Bharuch, Narmada, Dahod, Panchmahal, Anand, and Gandhinagar had been moved to safe shelters. Additionally, these shelters provide crucial services like food and medical treatment.</p>
<p>In a statement that was made public, the chief minister said that he was working with district collectors in the impacted areas where there had been significant rainfall. Ten contingents from the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the NDRF are now actively involved in rescue efforts at different areas.</p>
<p>Gujarat might expect severe to very heavy rains in certain parts, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).</p>
<p>On September 18, the central, northern, and Saurashtra areas were severely hit by heavy rain, with more than 100 talukas reporting heavy precipitation since September 17. As floods occurred in Nardana, Bharuch, and certain areas of the Vadodara district as a result of the discharge of Narmada waters from the Sardar Sridhar dam, political debates surrounding the incident became more heated. The Gujarat administration was accused by the opposition Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of purposefully delaying the water distribution to coincide with the Prime Minister’s birthday on September 17.</p>
<p>On September 18, the Congress and the AAP both claimed that the State government had chosen to keep dam water in storage rather than release it when farmers needed it, causing the reservoir to overflow.</p>
<p>The main opposition party labeled it a “man-made disaster” and said that the abrupt release of water originally caused flooding in the downstream Bharuch district, causing “extensive damage” that affected “hundreds of thousands of people” in Narmada, Bharuch, and Vadodara districts.</p>
<p>“Despite significant rains in Madhya Pradesh and ongoing monitoring of water levels in the Narmada dam, the authorities did not release a required quantity of water on September 15 and 16, the Congress spokesman Manish Doshi told the reporters. They waited for the dam to burst on September 17, which also happened to be someone’s birthday. Bharuch and Narmada districts have been overrun as a result. According to Mr. Doshi, flooding in up to five different state districts might have been avoided if water from the dam had been released at the proper time.</p>
<p>Including Bharuch, Narmada, and portions of Vadodara, the water discharged on Sunday, the day the prime minister was born, was so large (18 lakh cusecs).</p>
<p>“This deluge was caused by man. We demand that all responsible authorities be charged with criminal negligence and that their property be seized in order to compensate the flood victims.</p>
<p>Bhupendra Patel, the chief minister of Gujarat, drove to Kevadiya, where the Narmada dam is located, on September 17 to commemorate the dam’s overflow and the release of its waters by opening the dam gates. On the same day as Prime Minister Modi’s 73rd birthday, this momentous event took place.</p>
<p>The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), according to lawmakers from the Congress and AAP, had issued a warning five days earlier, foreseeing exceptionally heavy rains that would need a red alert in the central and southern areas of Gujarat. In light of this, they contend that communities downstream of the dam, notably in Bharuch, have been victims of a man-made flood as a result of the purposefully inducing the Narmada dam to overflow and release a significant amount of water during the previous two days.</p>
<p>Rishikesh Patel, a cabinet minister and the state government’s spokesman, refuted these claims and said that the release of water was necessary owing to the significant influx of water from Madhya Pradesh.</p>
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