Unseasonal rains battered Gujarat on Sunday, resulting in at least 20 deaths from lightning strikes and damage to crops in several areas, according to officials.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed sympathy to the victims’ families and stated that the local government was working on relief efforts.
“The news that lightning and bad weather have killed numerous people in several Gujarati cities makes me very sad. I offer my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragic event for their irreversible loss. On X, Mr. Shah wrote in Gujarati, “The local administration is working on relief efforts and we are praying for the injured people to recover quickly.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) reports that Monday will see a decrease in the amount of rainfall, with the majority of it falling in certain areas of the districts of Saurashtra and south Gujarat.
According to data from the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), 234 of Gujarat’s 252 talukas had rainfall on Sunday. Particularly heavy rainfall was experienced in districts like Surat, Surendranagar, Kheda, Tapi, Bharuch, and Amreli; in just 16 hours, the amounts ranged from 50 to 117 mm.
According to the IMD, a cyclonic circulation is situated over the northeast Arabian Sea and is influencing the regions of Saurashtra and Kutch.