Gujarat continues to be battered by heavy rains causing floods. On Thursday, Ahmedabad received 200 mm of rainfall, flooding major parts of the city. The Centre has rushed three more teams of the National Disaster Response Force to the State.The toll in Banaskantha has reached 46 while in Patan district, five persons were washed away in the floods. The total toll has reached 150 in the State since June 1.“More than 10,000 people were relocated from vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure as torrential rain continues in the State,” said a senior government official, adding that more than 1,000 people were rescued by various agencies.‘Grim situation’“Situation continues to be grim because of constant rainfall. After north Gujarat and Saurashtra, the rain is now spreading to central and south Gujarat, causing floods there,” the official added.Portions of at least 20 buildings collapsed due to heavy rains and water-logging. Three persons were injured when a building crumbled in the Gaekwad Haveli locality in the early hours, Ahmedabad Chief Fire Officer M. Dastoor said.“Three persons were injured when a building collapsed in the city. Parts of nearly 20 buildings collapsed since midnight, while 64 trees have been uprooted. Eleven instances of fire were reported due to short-circuits,” he said.The government authorities have ordered all schools and colleges to remain closed in the affected areas. Examinations have also been postponed.As on Thursday, more than 300 roads were closed and hundreds of villages submerged in darkness due to power outage as floods have damaged the power distribution infrastructure.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani visited the affected areas in Ahmedabad and conducted inspection of rescue works. The administration has warned people against venturing out. The Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation issued a warning of heavy rains on Friday and asked people to stay indoors.According to Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, 18 teams of the NDRF, six teams of the BSF, six columns of the Army, two teams of the Navy and over a dozen helicopters of the Air Force were involved in the rescue work across the State, mainly in the two worst affected districts of Patan and Banaskantha.The Ahmedabad airport runway was partly flooded due to heavy rains, though it did not affect the air traffic, its director Manoj Gangal said. Apart from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Kheda also received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, affecting thousands of people who had to be relocated to safer areas.(With inputs from PTI)
Switzerland, on Monday, displayed a tactical masterclass to completely neutralise the effect of the feared Brazilian quadrat to earn a 1-1 draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener.While Switzerland were always going to be a tough opposition, it was never expected that Brazil would struggle as much as they did in the second half.Switzerland did not only deny Brazil, they stopped, bullied, bruised and frustrated the Samba boys.Neymar became the most fouled player in a World Cup game since 1998 and that is how, Switzerland disintegrated the Brazilian defence.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEAs the match entered the last 10 minutes, Brazil looked completely worn out, devoid of any creative instinct and their goalkeeper Alisson stood at the back, frustratingly watching his team lose their creative flow.In the 84th minute, a red balloon appeared at the ground in the Brazilian penalty area. Alisson jogged towards the balloon looking at the stands and smashed it with his feet.Alisson Becker vs. Balloon pic.twitter.com/m3RLcKCuGBMuharrem Acar (@muharrem_acar) June 17, 2018He looked back at the stands, picked up the pieces and threw them away.The one goal that Alisson let through was a controversial header from point-blank range.Also read – Gabriel Jesus painted Brazil streets in 2014. In 2018, he’s a World CupperSwitzerland had got a corner and Steven Zuber, attempting to jump for the ball, pushed Miranda and stopped him from making a jump alongside.Rest of Brazil’s defence went to sleep as Zuber took the leap and headed home.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Lackluster Brazil held to 1-1 draw by SwitzerlandApart from that goal and another save he made, Alisson was hardly required to protect is goal. Switzerland made a total of six attempts compared to Brazil’s 20. Out of those attempts from Switzerland, four were off target and only two were shot at the goal.It was Switzerland’s staunch defending that made them trump the flow of Brazil. They recovered a total of 56 balls, made 17 tackles, blocked seven shots and made 19 clearances — a clear indication of how they earned the draw.Also read – World Cup 2018: Coach Tite says anxiety hit Brazil hard vs SwitzerlandBrazil are one of the favourites in the tournament, given their quality and even Alisson is currently being pursued by top European clubs, including Champions League holders Real Madrid.Brazil will now have to win both their matches, against Serbia and Costa Rica, to guarantee themselves a spot in the Round of 16.