Monsoon paradox: North Gujarat dry, west flooded

It is a picture of stark contrasts in Gujarat. While much of north Gujarat is without water, incessant rain in west Gujarat has caused a river to overflow and has flooded vast areas of the coastal district of Junagadh.

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Close to 4,000 people have been evacuated from the port towns of Verabal and Mangrol and neighbouring villages.

Rescue teams have been dispatched to the flood-hit areas and the administration has been put on the high alert. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has also been deployed.

According to Metrological department, the southwest monsoon has been vigorous in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat along with Gangetic west bengal, Rajasthan, Goa and Madhya Maharashtra.

It has been, however, subdued over coastal Andhra pradesh, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu.

Over 150 fishermen near the Rupen port in Dwarka taluka of Jamnagar district were also moved from their settlements along the coastline to safer locations due to heavy rains in the region since Wednesday, they said.

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