Heavy rain smashes Vadodara causing Six dead; airport shut, the army on standby

Minimum of six people lost their lives due to rain, other associated events as the torrential rain splashed Gujarat’s Vadodara city until late Wednesday night which led the authorities to close some of the terminals and made to cancel or reschedule various railroads.

The rain caused on Wednesday over the city measured about 442mm in just 12 hours just between 8 am and 8 pm, the greatest in Gujarat during the period, as per the announcement made by the state government. Out of which, 286mm of rain fell in just four hours stopping at 8 pm, the announcement added.

The weather department said that heavy winds, actively reaching 40-50 kmph, are possibly to prevail over on and off Gujarat-Maharashtra-Goa coasts. Fishermen are cautioned not to reach out into these areas.

On Thursday Schools and colleges have been directed to remain closed.

Vijay Rupani, the chief minister said “The downpour has stopped in Vadodara. But still, there is heavy rain forecast for other parts of the state. The administration is alert and teams are standing by to tackle the situation,”

Rupani had conducted a high-level meeting on Wednesday to analyze the situation in the city and designated two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers to contribute guidance to the local administration.

A report from the CM office said Rupani also urged citizens to move from deep-lying areas. Various units of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been allocated to move people from these areas to more secured areas. The army is also on the standby.

CM after the meeting Tweeted as the approach for the State Emergency Operation Center, Gandhinagar has been done and took a review meeting with officials regarding the heavy rain condition in Vadodara. officials have been instructed to leave no stone unturned to counter any unfavorable circumstances.

Western Railway tweeted on Thursday that trains are moving now but with a restriction on speed.

Western Railway on Thursday tweeted as “There was waterlogging on tracks after heavy rains at Vadodara on 31/7/19, After the water has been receded to an extent, train movement has been started by clamping the points at some locations & with caution order ie restricted speed at Vadodara on 1/8/19 (sic),”

Authorities on Wednesday had closed the city’s railway station and canceled 22 other trains.

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