Four people were killed and more than 5,000 have been cleared from Vadodara city and encompassing regions in Central Gujarat which was battered by about 500 mm of downpour in 24 hours till Thursday morning.
Gujarat records 499 mm Rain in 24 hours; 4 Dead, 5,000 Evacuated Due to Vadodara Floods
The Vadodara airport has been shut since Wednesday and a few trains going through the city also have been dropped or redirected because of heavy water-signing on tracks.
Water from the flooding Vishwamitri stream entered a few regions in the city, carrying with it a few crocodiles.
Four workers passed on in wall breakdown in Vadodara city on Wednesday evening, chief minister Vijay Rupani said.
According to the figures given by the state government, the city got an amazing 499 mm of rain in 24 hours completion 8 am on Thursday.
Of this, 286 mm of rain fell in only four hours, between 4 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, the release said.
The heavy rain and water flooding from the Vishwamitri have overflowed most zones, Rupani said in state capital Gandhinagar in the wake of reviewing the circumstance from the State Emergency Operation Center there.
Four workers were executed when a divider fell because of the major rain in Chhani territory of Vadodara, he included.
“Heavy rains, coupled with water overflowing from the Vishwamitri has created a flood-like situation in Vadodara. So far we have evacuated over 5,000 people from different areas. Local administration has distributed around 75,000 food packets and another 1 lakh packets have been kept ready,” he told reporters.
Rupani said water from the Vishwamitri entered low-lying regions after Ajwa dam flooded because of a major storm upstream.
As the downpour has halted at present, the circumstance is probably going to improve in the following four to five hours if the climate stayed clear, he said.
Groups of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), two sections of Army and fire detachment have been pressed into service to help stranded people, Rupani said.
“We have also decided to send five more NDRF teams to Vadodara. With the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office, three teams would land there by helicopter from Pune, while two teams would reach by road. Local administration has also installed de-watering pumps to remove water from inundated areas,” the chief minister said.
Efforts are on to clear water from the runway so the Vadodara airport can continue tasks before supper, Rupani said.
As the Vishwamitri is home to a few crocodiles, some of them entered the city with floodwaters. Videos of crocodiles close lodging social orders were transferred via social media.
The Forest Department, just as certain NGOs, are keeping a local watch on the development of crocodiles and three of them have been caught, the chief minister said.
State Meteorological Department’s chief Jayanta Sarkar said the city got record precipitation on Wednesday.
Gujarat is probably going to get heavy downpours in the following three days, he included.