On Thursday after the unexpected heavy rain in Vadodara and adjoining in the central Gujarat, four people were killed and over 5,000 evacuated. Due to a wall collapse in an interior area Vadodara, the deceased who were all labourers got stuck and could not make out of there alive according Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
According to Rupani heavy rains in addition to the water overflowing from river Vishwamitri has created a flood-like situation in Vadodara. The Government has managed to evacuate over 5,000 people from different areas. Moreover the Municipality has distributed around 75,000 food packets and another 1 lakh packets have been kept ready.
According to a state government report, in only a span of 24 hours the city has received 499 mm of rainfall, out of which between 4pm to 8pm a downpour of 286 was recorded. According to a prediction made by the India Meteorological Department the state would receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till August 3. Reports of strong winds with speed up to 40 to 50 kmph were likely to prevail over certain parts of the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and along and off Gujarat-Maharashtra-Goa coasts. It was added in the report that fishermen should not set course into these areas.
Five more NDRF teams are supposedly being sent to Vadodara. Rupani also added that three teams landed there by helicopter from Pune with the intervention of the Prime Minister’s Office, whereas two teams would reach by road. De-watering pumps were also installed by local administration in order to remove water from flooded areas. Apart from this water clearing was also being worked at by the authorities from the Vadodara airport runway so that the operations could resume which had been shut on Wednesday.
Various videos of crocodiles seen in waterlogged areas have also surfaced on social media and the forest department and some non-governmental organisations have been on the lookout for these crocodiles. The chief minister said that they may have entered the city after the Vishwamitri River had overflown, adding that three of them have been captured.
Evacuation of residents in Vadodara done by the The National Disaster Response Force which was set up on Wednesday night after the city was hit by heavy rain followed by flash floods. Trains and State transport has been affected due to waterlogging on tracks, while some were diverted by the Western Railway.
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