Gandhinagar, Jul 31 : Normal life was thrown out of gear in the state of Gujarat on Wednesday as heavy rains lashed several parts of the state with Vadodara witnessing a whopping 17 inches of rain in just six hours.
A low pressure area over north Madhya Pradesh and neighbourhood has caused heavy to very heavy rainfall in several parts of Gujarat and the shower is likely to continue for the next four days, Meteorological Department said in a statement.
Considering the seriousness of the matter, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani presided over a review meeting today and decided to depute two IAS officers to monitor the situation. All schools and colleges have been closed for tomorrow.
According to MET reports, "Vadodara has seen a total 442 mm of rain from 6am to 8pm (IST) on Wednesday of which 424 mm has poured in just six hours between 2pm to 8pm. Karjan, Dabhoi and Waghodia talukas of Vadodara district have seen four to six inches of rain."
Heavy rain has flooded under passes causing severe water logging in several areas and disrupting the city traffic including city bus service. Several trains have also been diverted and at least three local trains were cancelled in the wake of water logging.
'Other districts including Bharuch, Panchmahal,Chhota Udepur etc have also seen heavy rain. Till 2000 hrs today a total of over 200 talukas in all 33 districts have seen rain of which around 60 have seen 2 inches or more while 100 have seen one inch or more," the report stated.
Ahmedabad city is also reeling under heavy downpour since late afternoon and has received 60mm rain till 0800 hrs. Water logging has also been reported from various areas. In the past 24 hours ending at 6am today, a total of 216 talukas of 33 districts have seen rain with maximum 173 mm in Jamnagar.
The water level of rivers and dams have surged as the total average rain this season has crossed 42% mark. High alert has been issued in case of two dams, alert in case of one dam and warning in case of five dams due to rising level of water.
The Met department has given forecast of more rain tonight and also for the next four days. Heavy rains are likely to occur tomorrow at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Valsad, Navsari and in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Gir Somnath and Diu.(UNI)