Updated: September 13, 2021 3:02:58 pm
Schools and colleges were ordered shut, roads were water-logged, hindering vehicular traffic, and normal life was thrown out of gear Monday, as heavy rain continued to lash Rajkot city and adjoining talukas for the second consecutive day.
Rajkot city recorded more than seven inches of rain during the 28 hours ending at 10 am on Monday. The intensity of the downpour, which had begun at 7 am on Sunday, picked up from 1 am onward on Monday. The city logged an average of four inches of rain in 24 hours ending at 6 am. In the next four hours, it further intensified and three inches of rain was recorded between 6 am and 10 am.
Following the spell, waterlogging was reported at Mahila College Chowk railway under-bridge and low-lying residential areas. “Our fire brigade teams are on the move. They are checking every underbridge. There is waterlogging in low-lying areas like Popatpara Nala, Lalludi Vokali etc and fibre brigade teams are on standby. However, no one has required to be evacuated so far,” Rajkot municipal commissioner Amit Arora told The Indian Express.
Hardik Patel, working president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, was to address a press conference in Rajkot on Monday morning. However, that stands cancelled due to heavy rain in the city, local Congress leaders said.
The power supply was disrupted in many parts of the city due to waterlogging and the downpour.
Meanwhile, schools and colleges were ordered shut during the day in view of the very heavy rain, an official release quoted Rajkot district collector Arun Mahesh Babu as saying.
Water discharged from overflowing dam
Aji-II, Aji-III and half a dozen other dams were overflowing following the downpour.
Water was discharged from the Aji-III dam near the Khajurdi village of Padadhari taluka of Rajkot. Twelve floodgates of the dam have been opened five feet each due to a high inflow of water following heavy rain, said officers of Rajkot irrigation circle.
NDRF deployed to Jamnagar
A very heavy rainfall was also reported from neighbouring Jamnagar district. Chief-minister elect Bhupendra Patel ordered airlifting of 35 people stranded in surging rainwaters in three villages of the district. An official release stated that Patel had spoken with Jamnagar collector and instructed the latter to launch a rescue operation.
Babu said that the NDRF team which was kept on standby in Rajkot is being sent to Jamnagar. “Another NDRF team is coming to Rajkot from Vadodara. Meanwhile, we are mobilizing SDRF teams and sending them to Gondal and Upleta talukas of Rajkot, ” he told The Indian Express.
“Vehicular traffic has been affected due to water-logging on roads,” Babu added.
Besides Rajkot city, heavy rainfall was reported from Gondal taluka (six inches), Lodhika (seven inches), Upleta (three inches), Kotda Sangani (three inches), Jakandorana (three inches) and Padadhari (three inches).
In Jamnagar, Jodia taluka (six inches) was also lashed by heavy rain. Kalavad and Dhrol talukas registered seven inches of rain each during the 24 hours ending at 6 am.
Heavy to rather heavy rain was reported from Devbhumi Dwarka and Surendranagar districts too.