The temporary halt of the heavy rain showers have eased the waterlogging in Vadodara on Sunday, although the Vishwamitri River is flowing at 24 feet even in its receding stage. However, the retreating waters have meant rescue calls for crocodiles spotted in residential areas across Vadodara district, putting the forest officials and rescuers in the line of action.
Normalcy returned to Vadodara as rains thinned after the 95mm shower on Friday night that led to a flood-like situation in the city.
The absence of rains in the last 48 hours has brought down the water level in the Vishwamitri.
However, the level will still be dodgy if the city witnesses another spell of night showers along with the continuous release of water from the Ajwa reservoir. As a precautionary measure, the authorities have continued to keep about 600 evacuated residents in makeshift camps. Devesh Patel, VMC health officer, said, “We have about 600 people in evacuation as the water is still receding from these areas. Our teams have also started visiting these people today for health check-ups. We are also visiting the places where water levels are going down. So far, we have seen residents complaining of respiratory infection and diarrhoea but that is a natural occurrence during monsoons.”
The evacuated residents belong to low-lying areas of the city from Nizampura, Pensionpura, Sanjaynagar, Kasam Kabrastan, Parshurambhatta, Kamatipura, Tulsiwadi and Kalyan nagar. The subway near the Priyalakshmi mill road, however, continued to see waterlogging despite the pause in the rain spell as the underground storm water drains overflew, exposing the VMC claim of having completed its pre-monsoon work.