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Govt. will extend all help to Gujarat: Patil

Saturday 2 July 2005

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People push a vehicle on a flooded Ahmadabad-Bombay highway at Sandhana village, 45 km south of Ahmedabad on Friday. Photo: AP

Ahmedabad, July 2. (PTI): In the face of a demand for application of "tsunami norms" for relief and rehabilitation in Gujarat, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said the Centre will leave no stone unturned to help the state, reeling under the worst-ever floods.

"We will extend all possible help to rehabilitate the people affected by the floods," Patil, who did an aerial survey of the rain swept regions, told reporters here.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who accompanied Patil, urged the Centre to apply "tsunami norms" for the relief and rehabilitation process.

The gravity of the situation could be gauged by the fact that the choppers carrying Patil, Modi and other ministers and officials could not land at Vadodara, where the Union Home Minister was scheduled to chair a meeting to review relief work.

"We tried to reach Vadodara thrice, but the clouds were very low, it was raining heavily and we had to return," said Patil.

Besides Modi, Patil was accompanied by Governor Nawal Kishore Sharma, Union Textiles Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela, BJP leader Harin Pathak and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Arjun Modvadia.

"The situation is serious. There is water everywhere. Villages, roads and railway lines are all submerged," he said.

Assuring Modi of all possible help to tide over the situation, Patil said the Centre would leave no stone unturned in carrying out relief operations in the state.

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