It’s pouring woes for thousands of villagers in Jamnagar and Rajkot districts as scenes of destruction caused by the unprecedented rainfall on Sunday and Monday were witnessed.
Broken roads, floating household items, damaged bridges and flattened farmlands bore testimony to the furious downpour that began on Sunday midnight and continued till Monday evening.
People were seen rummaging through water and sludge in hope of recovering some of the washed away valuables in several villages even as the district administration pressed in teams to dispose of water and dirt in the urban areas of Jamnagar and Rajkot cities.
The air was filled with unbearable stench of dampened garbage and dead animals in villages.
According to sources, at least 450 villages of Kalavad, Dhrol, Jodiya, Jamjodhpur and Jamnagar rural have suffered severe destruction that emerged after waters receded.
Chief minister Bhupendra Patel visited Dhuvav village, Mahaprabhuji Bethak area of Jamnagar city and a society on Lalpur Road and interacted with the locals.
Eighty four villages are without power as electricity poles collapsed and transformers damaged. In Jamnagar city, 1,124 people were shifted and 724 people rescued from low-lying areas, the CM said, adding around 10,000 food packets distributed.
Around 10-15 residential societies near Rangmati River bank on Kalavad Road in Jamnagar witnessed the same nightmare.
In Rajkot district, destruction has been reported in villages of Lodhika and Gondal talukas while internal roads. bridges and private properties have been battered.
Commuting became a nightmare on Kuvadva Road, Pedak Road, Chunaravad, Manhar Plot, Gondal Road, Raiyadhar, Sadhu Vasvani Road, Mavdi, Mota Mauva, Madhapar areas as majority of the roads were heavily damaged.
Rajkot Municipal Corporation teams were working overtime to clear waterlogging and sludge accumulated in houses in aereas located near Aji River bank. In Rajkot district, 145 villages were without electricity