Vadodara, Aug 1: Around 5000 people have been shifted from 26 low lying areas of rain flood ravaged Vadodara city in central Gujarat till late evening today even as one dead body has also been found from the flood waters in the city.
Even though only light rain had taken place till late evening today, the MeT department has predicted heavy rain fall during the next 48 hours which can hamper the rescue and relief operations in which Army and Air Force has also been involved. CM Vijay Rupani said that Prime Minister's Office was also monitoring the situation.
According to the official information received from the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) in Gandhinagar, a total of 5 NDRF, 4 SDRF teams have been involved in the rescue operations. Two columns of army and as many companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP), district police and teams of fire brigade of Vadodara and Surat Municipal Corporations were also deployed for the major rescue operation in the city which had seen an extremely heavy downpour of 499 mm yesterday.
The Airport in Harini area has also been shut and efforts were on to start flight operations. Rail and road trafiic has also seen disruption and over 20 trains have so far either been cancelled, diverted or short terminated due to the water logging around Vadodara railway station.
Dy Mamlatdar of the SEOC U V Rao said that five more teams of NDRF have been sent to Vadodara from Pune. He said that the water level in river Vishwamitri was now stable and once it starts receding the water from the low lying areas in the city would also recede quickly.
Food packets have also been distributed in the wake of flood in the low lying areas. Collector of Vadodara, Shalini Agrawal said that the water in the city was not receding because of the opening of sluice gates of Ajwa dam and inflow of more water due to rains in the catchment area of river Vishwamitri.
Water has also entered the local Sayajibaug zoo and government run SSG hospital premises making things bad to worst. As apprehended earlier crocodiles from Vishwamitri river that flows from the midst of the city and other water bodies have also entered the city through flood waters. At least three crocodiles seen by locals in residential areas in the city have been caught by wildlife experts. A dead body of an around 60 year old man has also been fished out in Khodiyarnagar area of the city. In the same area a man ill for two day has also died amid floods. Another person identified as Mahesh Choksi a jewerler by profession also died due to electrocution near Sangam crossroads in Warasiya police station area. Earlier yesterday night during heavy rains, 4 poeople had died due to wall collapse in a slum in Chhani area of the city. The city has seen 50. 48 per cent of the seasonal rain in just one day taking the cumulative figures to 91.65 per cent.
Areas like Fatehganj, Tarsali, Chankyapuri, Kalyanpuri, Makarpura etc have turned in to an island of sorts. Vishwamitri river which flows near the city has been flooded too. 62 gates of Ajwa dam have been opened. Schools and colleges in the city have been closed for the day in the wake of the situation.
CM Vijay Rupani had taken stock of the situation and deputed two senior IAS officers to monitor and supervise the relief and rescue situation. Electricity supply to 47 of the total 304 feeders in the city especially in the flood affected area has also been stopped and would be resumed when water recedes.
Meanwhile locals are facing difficulties due to it. Long queues are being seen for essentials like milk in the city where supply has also been hampered. People in many societies were also compelled to live on upper floors of the building due to water logging in the lower parts.
Meanwhile even as monsoon has crossed the half way mark today with regard to its period of span, Gujarat has so far received 46.15 pc of its seasonal average.
Monsoon which made a somewhat delayed entry to arrive in this western state on June 25 this year had lashed Gujarat with 15.13 pc (108.59 pc) of rain till June 30. In July it has got 31.02 pc (222.37 mm) rain.
Region-wise North Gujarat has got the minimum percentage at 31.11 pc, Kutch has got 35.45 pc which in terms of amount at 142 mm was minimum. East Central Gujarat has got 38.43%, Saurashtra 42.15 pc and South Gujarat has got maximum both in terms of volume as well as percentage terms 60.58 pc (859 mm).
District-wise Valsad has received the maximum in terms of both percentage and volume with 68.50 pc (1508mm). In percentage terms Gandhinagar is the district with minimum rain at 23.15 pc (172mm) but Kutch was at the lowest rung in terms of volume.
In the last 24 hours alone the state has seen 5.59 pc of the total seasonal rain. 238 talukas of all 33 districts saw rain with Vadodara seeing maximum of 499mm. (UNI)