6 dead as heavy rains hits Vadodara

Vadodara city in central Gujarat received a staggering 442 mm of rainfall in just 12 hours, yesterday, forcing shut-down of airport, cancellation of a few trains and leading to heavy water-logging. Six people have died in rain-related incidents as torrential downpour lashed the city. With rising water level in Ajwa river, two platoons of army are on stand by to oversee rescue and relief operations, if required.

Schools in the city will remain closed today. Rains also lashed other parts of the state, including Ahmedabad city and central Gujarat. The state government asked the local administration to shift people from low-lying areas in Vadodara if needed as water entered into houses in several localities.

The Gujarat government directed the local administration to shift people from low-lying areas in Vadodara. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani called a meeting last evening to review the situation in Vadodara. He urged people to cooperate with local officials during the rescue operations.

As per the latest forecast by the weather office, several parts of Gujarat will receive “heavy to very heavy rains” during the next two days. The chief minister urged people in low-lying areas to cooperate with district administration during evacuation. Authorities have asked all the schools in Vadodara city to remain closed on August 1. Elsewhere, the city of Ahmedabad recorded 58 mm rainfall on Wednesday.

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