Four killed as heavy rains lash south Gujarat

Four killed as heavy rains lash south Gujarat

State administration puts National Disaster Response Force and other agencies on stand by to attend to emergencies.Four people were killed in flooding and rain-related incidents in the last 48 hours in southern Gujarat. Floods in several districts and towns, affected road and rail traffic.The State administration has put the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other agencies on stand by to attend to emergencies.“For next 48 hours: Heavy to very heavy rain is forecasted in Saurashtra – mainly in Amreli, Bhavnagar, Girsonath, Botad and Rajkot,and North Gujarat region . Flood management plan into action,” Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), said in a tweet.A holiday has been declared in schools and other education institutions in the affected districts.Thousands of people were stranded in railway stations as almost a dozen trains from to and from Mumbai were delayed due to incessant rains in Mumbai and adjoining south Gujarat districts.In Navsari, Vadodara, and Surat cities, low-lying areas have been flooded and the civic bodies launched rescue operations.According to officials of India Meteorological Department (IMD), owing to a cyclonic circulation over north Konkan and south Gujarat, the coastal belt in Saurashtra and south Gujarat will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rains in the next 24 hours.
The Southwest monsoon has covered southern and central Gujarat, and parts of coastal Saurashtra region so far.
“More than 20,000 trees will be cut in the main south Delhi area. A CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) report states there is a deficit of nine lakh trees in Delhi. I hope the court will put a stay on the order,” the petitioner told reporters.
The plan has provoked huge protests in Delhi, with residents rubbishing the government’s assurance that an equal number of saplings will be planted to make up for the loss.
Saplings, argue environmentalists, cannot replace fully grown trees for years in Delhi, which is among the most-polluted cities in the world.
Residents at Sarojini Nagar, one of the colonies chosen for the project, protested on Sunday by hugging trees in a redux of the 1970s “Chipko movement” to stop the chopping of trees in Uttarakhand.
Criticised on social media for justifying the project, Hardeep Singh Puri, the union minister of state for housing and urban development, said today: “Till the time I am a minister no tree will be cut and for every tree that is cut we will plant 10 trees. Green cover will go up by three times after re-development of seven colonies in South Delhi. Young activists are too fast to blame.”