You are here: Rediff Home » India » News » Photos
Search: The Web
  Email this Page  |   Write to us


Surat's Agony

August 11, 2006
I am safe, how about you?

After five days of devastating floods, the more than 3.5 million residents of Surat are greeting each other for surviving an unimaginable tragedy.

Surtis, who have come out on the streets today after five gruelling days, are blaming the Gujarat government for remaining insensitive to their plight.

Even at the time of filing this report, around 40 per cent of Surat remains inaccessible by road and otherwise.

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is about to land in Surat, areas like Rander, Adajan, Katargaum, Ved, Kadarsha ni Nal, Nanpura, Pal and Piplod are under four to five feet of water.

For the last five days these areas were under 15 to 20 feet of water, with no government machinery around to lend a helping hand.

Image: Even five days after the floodwaters entered Surat, many areas are still submerged.

Reportage and Photographs: Sheela Bhatt

Earlier Slide Show: When rains brought misery

© 2006 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.Disclaimer | Feedback