Rains in Gujarat hit normal life,more downpour likely today

Parts of south Gujarat witnessed heavy downpour in last 24 hours.

Written by Express News Service | Surat/ahmedabad | Published: September 5, 2012 5:41 am

Parts of south Gujarat witnessed heavy downpour in last 24 hours. But,along with it came misery in the form of traffic jams,waterlogging and trees falling.

Four shepherds with 42 goats trapped in the bet (island) area of Navsari were rescued by fire officials on Tuesday as heavy downpours in the area from Monday evening onwards threw life out of gear and inundated many places,with Pardi in Valsad district receiving a whooping 24.3 inches in 24 hours,the highest in the state.

More than 15 inches also fell over Valsad city and over parts of Saurashtra and Kutch in the same period as well,with Dwarka receiving 6 inches and Veraval getting 2.4 inches.

The shepherds were trapped on the bet at Kaveri river in Navsari on Monday evening. Navsari fire officials said they had taken their goats there for grazing. With the heavy down pour,they were surrounded in water from all sides. The shepherds were spotted only on Tuesday morning,and district officials mounted a rescue operation on two boats in the afternoon.

Accompanied by strong winds,the rains forced civic officials throughout south Gujarat on their toes,with the fire brigade receiving numerous calls of trees uprooting incidents along with short circuit but no casualties have been reported. The meteorology department recorded 5 inches of rain over Surat city,3.6 inches over Bardoli,7 inches over Kamrej and 4.5 inches over Mahuva.

The Meteorology Centre in Ahmedabad has issued a heavy rainfall warning,with heavy to very heavy rains expected at few places and isolated extremely heavy falls over the entire state and adjoining Union Territories till Wednesday morning.

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