Severe flooding in Gujarat state on India's west coast affected more than 1.6 million people, according to the country's emergency authorities. In some areas of the state, more than 500 mm of precipitation fell in 24 hours.
The natural disaster management department of the country's Interior Ministry reported on September 13 that floods have affected 1,660,254 people in 44 villages in Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Valsad and Junagadh districts in the past few days.
An evacuation was carried out and 72 evacuation centers were established to accommodate nearly 7,000 displaced residents. As of 13 September, 2,553 people were displaced from their homes in Rajkot, 3,966 in Jamnagar, 224 in Porbandar and 5 in Junagadh.
The flood destroyed at least 5 homes and damaged 28 more. Two deaths were also reported, including one drowning in flood water and another dead after a wall collapsed.
Dozens of roads have been closed due to flooding and rain, including State Highway 15 and National Highway 01.
Teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy have been deployed to the area to conduct rescue and relief operations. At least 31 people were rescued by NDRF brigades in Tehsil Kalawad in Jamnagar. The Air Force used helicopters to rescue people trapped on rooftops or in flood waters.
According to the Gujarat Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA), Lodhik, Rajkot District received 516 mm rainfall in the 24 hours to September 14, 2021, and Kalawada in Jamnagar received 406 mm.