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New Delhi: Continuous rains have swollen many rivers and created a flood-like situation in Gujarat, even as at least 45 people have died following heavy showers in Saurashtra and south Gujarat, officials said.

Amreli district is the worst hit, with 36 deaths reported on Wednesday. The meteorological centre at Ahmedabad on Thursday predicted moderate to heavy rains in the coming days.

“The south-west monsoon has covered the entire Gujarat. Monsoon is active over Gujarat region and vigorous over Saurashtra,” an official of Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre told media outlet.

The official said: “Moderate to rather heavy rain would occur at most places in Gujarat region, Saurashtra-Kutch and in Diu, Daman, and Dadra Nagar Haveli. The weather is about to remain same for the next five days.”

“Floods too cannot be ruled out at the moment,” he added.

According to All India Radio, 13 people died when two houses collapsed in Nani Vabhaniya village, near Bagasara town of Amreli district.

Three people died in Bhavnagar district, two in Gaondal in Rajkot district and three lost their lives in Surat district due to the floods.

Gujarat Chief Minister, Anandiben Patel, who reviewed the flood situation at a high-level meeting in Gandhinagar, urged people not to panic.

She also held meetings with senior officials and the Indian Air Force and discussed the situation with district officials.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the IAF have been pressed into service for rescue and relief work in Amreli district.

Additional companies of State Reserve Police (SRP) have been sent to all affected areas. Over 100 people were airlifted in Amreli, while about 1,000 people were evacuated in Surat. (IANS)

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This Exhibition Captures A City’s Colours During Monsoon

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions.

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Artist Purnendu Mandal At Indian Habitat Centre.

With some of them almost a photographic reflection of daybreak after rain, artist Purnendu Mandal’s canvasses — currently on exhibition at Triveni Kala Sangam here — are a deluge of vivid warm colours that capture a city’s landscape after rain.

“It is almost like looking outside a window, but through a work of art,” Mandal told IANS.

Mandal’s 15 acrylic- and oil-on-canvass artworks – collectively titled “Reflections 3” – document the subtleties of urban life during the rains — first light in a city, storms, rickshaw-pullers and bus drivers resuming activity after a rainy day, and building silhouettes reflecting in the water-filled puddles.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Work

Also included are visual effects of the monsoon like rain drops, fog, wet climate, reflections in water and shades of dampness.

To that extent, “Good Morning Kolkata” (2018), a painting of a tram on a damp Kolkata street, with old buildings and bundles of electric wires adding to the realistic depiction, reflects a day in the city as one would experience it.

For Mandal, it is about making his canvasses a literal window to the seasonal changes a city undergoes.

“I try to paint cities season-wise. This exhibition shows the beauty of a city after and during the monsoon,” Mandal told IANS.

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Purnendu Mandal’s Exhibition’s Invite. Available on his social media

Mandal’s impressionistic style revolves around cities and seasons and his rich repository of art has been exhibited around the world.

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“Thus, the current exhibition has scenes from Varanasi ghats, and Kolkata’s and Mumbai’s urban life,” he added.

The West Bengal-born artist has participated in 16 international group art exhibitions in Indonesia, UK, USA, UAE, Thailand, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Nepal, in addition to showcasing his work at Indian galleries including Jehangir Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, AIFACS Gallery, Triveni Art Gallery, Chemould Art Gallery, and Chitra Kala Parishath. (IANS)

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