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Vadodara Rains, Gujarat Weather Forecast Today Highlights: Five killed, 5,700 evacuated so far

Vadodara Rains, Gujarat Weather Forecast Today Highlights: Incessant rainfall for more than 12 hours flooded major parts of Vadodara even as river Vishwamitri that flows through it, was just a couple of feet below the danger level.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 1, 2019 11:02:28 pm
Vadodara rain, vadodara flood, gujarat, monsoon According to the Gujarat government, all six bridges in Vadodara city have been closed and people have been advised to avoid movements. (Photo: Aishwarya Mohanty)

Vadodara Rains, Gujarat Weather Forecast Today Highlights: At least five people were killed and over 5700 were evacuated from Vadodara city and surrounding areas as incessant rains battered the city in central Gujarat, reports PTI. Army and NDRF teams have been called in for relief and rescue efforts. Vadodara received nearly 500 mm rainfall in 24 hours ending 8 am on Thursday. This created a flood-like situation and disrupted normal life here.

Breaking a record, Vadodara received over 20 inches of rainfall for more than 12 hours Wednesday, flooding major parts of the city. All schools have been declared closed today by the district collector. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani issued a statement late last night, requesting people living on the banks of Vishwamitri river to shift out for a night. “Even as the rain has stopped now and the water is receding, Ajwa dam is overflowing and the level of Vishwamitri river has risen. If the level rises further and water comes into the city, I request people living on the banks of the river to shift out at least for one night,” said Rupani.

The Ajwa dam reservoir was also at 209.7 feet, just 5 feet below the danger mark of 214 feet at 6 pm. The Vishwamitri river which overflows after 26 feet, was flowing at 23 feet. The IMD has issued a heavy to very heavy rainfall warning till August 5.

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22:08 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Five killed as unprecedented rain batters Vadodara in Gujarat

Five persons were killed and over 5,700 were evacuated from Vadodara city and surrounding areas in Central Gujarat which was battered by nearly 500 mm of rains in 24 hours till Thursday morning. While roads were unusable due to water-logging and several trains were cancelled, operations at the Vadodara airport resumed late Thursday evening.

Most parts of the city remained inundated till Thursday night in spite of intensity of rain decreasing, as waters of the Vishwamitri river started entering the city as it breached its banks. Several trains passing through the city were cancelled and roads in and around the city were submerged even late Thursday evening. (PTI)

21:38 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Close to 90 lakh people affected in Bihar floods

Close to nine million people were said to be affected by floods in Bihar till Thursday though the number of casualties remained unchanged, at 130, for the second consecutive day, according to the state disaster management department.

The number of people affected by floods, according to the department, has reached 88.46 lakh and they are spread across 1269 Panchayats falling under 111 blocks of 13 districts.

At a programme for environment conservation that he kicked off earlier in the day, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed grave concern on climate change which he blamed for the flash floods that have ravaged several parts of the state despite the overall rainfall remaining short of normal levels. READ MORE

20:53 (IST)01 Aug 2019
NDRF teams were rushed to Gujarat from Pune today

NDRF personnel before being airlifted form Pune for Gujarat (Source: NDRF)
NDRF personnel before being airlifted from Pune for Gujarat (Source: NDRF)
20:27 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Rajasthan: Three killed in house collapse at Nagphani, Ajmer

Three people were killed in a house collapse in Nagphani area of Ajmer in Rajasthan due to heavy rainfall, today. One person was rescued from the site of house collapse.

19:31 (IST)01 Aug 2019
MGVCL has partially restored power in Vadodara city

Vadodara: MGVCL has partially restored power in the city. Of the 48 feeders that were shut down Wednesday evening as a precaution, 28 have been restored. The 20 feeders that are still submerged are mostly in the Eastern part of the city.

19:28 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Forest Department keeping close watch on movement of crocs: CM Rupani

As the Vishwamitri river is home to several crocodiles, some of them entered the city with floodwaters. Videos of crocodiles near housing societies were uploaded on social media. The Forest Department, as well as some NGOs,  are keeping a close watch on the movement of crocodiles and three of them have been captured, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said.

State Meteorological Department's director Jayanta Sarkar said the city received a record rainfall on Wednesday. Gujarat is likely to receive heavy rains in the next three days, he added. (PTI)

18:59 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Watch: In rain-hit Vadodara, crocodile spotted on road

While over 5,000 people have been evacuated by the Army and the NDRF from Vadodara, which is among the worst-affected regions in Gujarat due to incessant rains, a video of a crocodile swimming in the waterlogged roads has created terror among locals. The clip was tweeted by a user Fußballgott, whose post read, “Got this on WhatsApp #VadodaraRains #Vadodara.” In the 45-second clip, which has now gone viral, a crocodile can be seen wading through a waterlogged street and snapping in the heels of two unsuspecting stray dogs who can be seen wandering around, seeking cover in the rain. The crocodile gets closer to one of the dogs and tries to pounce upon it, only missing by inches. READ MORE

18:51 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Schools, colleges, govt offices to remain closed tomorrow in Vadodara

After heavy rains brought life to a standstill in Vadodara and neighbouring areas in Gujarat, Vadodara Municipal Corporation on Thursday announced that schools, colleges and government offices will remain closed tomorrow. Schools and colleges remained closed today as well, in view of heavy rains. 

18:17 (IST)01 Aug 2019
WATCH | Swans on flooded roads in Ghumar Mandi area of Ludhiana after heavy rains

WATCH | Swans were seen on flooded roads in Ghumar Mandi area of Ludhiana after heavy downpour and water-logging. Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner's residence was also flooded after the heavy rains.

18:07 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Vadodara airport after heavy rains

Vadodara airport in the aftermath of heavy rains (Source: Defence PRO)
Vadodara airport in the aftermath of heavy rains (Source: Defence PRO)

17:37 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Deputy Commissioner's residence flooded after heavy rain in Ludhiana

Deputy Commissioner's residence after heavy rain in Ludhiana. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)
Deputy Commissioner's residence after heavy rain in Ludhiana. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

17:28 (IST)01 Aug 2019
4 dead as rains wreak havoc in Vadodara, 5,000 evacuated

Four persons were killed and over 5,000 have been evacuated from Vadodara city and surrounding areas in Central Gujarat which was battered by nearly 500 mm of rain in 24 hours till Thursday morning. The Vadodara airport has been closed since Wednesday and several trains passing through the city too have been cancelled or diverted due to heavy water-logging on tracks. Water from the overflowing Vishwamitri river entered several localities in the city, bringing with it a few crocodiles.

Four labourers died in wall collapse in Vadodara city on Wednesday evening, chief minister Vijay Rupani said. As per the figures provided by the state government, the city received a staggering 499 mm of rainfall in 24 hours ending 8 am on Thursday. (PTI)

16:55 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Water from overflowing Vishwamitri river entered low lying areas in Vadodara

Kirti tower/Amar cars circle in Sayajigunj right after the Kala Ghoda bridge. The water is from the overflowing Vishwamitri river (Express Photo)
Kirti tower/Amar cars circle in Sayajigunj right after the Kala Ghoda bridge. The water is from the overflowing Vishwamitri river (Express Photo)

16:28 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Flood-like situation in Vadodara, over 1,000 evacuated

Vadodara city in central Gujarat received nearly 500 mm rainfall in 24 hours ending 8 am on Thursday, which created a flood-like situation in the city and disrupted the normal life. The fire brigade, Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuated around 1,000 people from the city and surrounding villages using boats and tractors, and shifted them to safer places, an official press release said.

The torrential rains inundated majority of the areas and roads in the city. While the Vadodara airport has been shut since Wednesday, several trains have also been cancelled or diverted due to heavy waterlogging on tracks. Water of the Vishwamitri river, which passes through the Vadodara, entered low-lying areas of the city after Ajwa dam overflowed, officials said, adding that people living in these areas are being evacuated. (PTI)

15:55 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Eight NDRF teams to be moved from Pune to rain-hit Gujarat

A total of eight teams from the Pune-based 5th Battalion of National Disaster Response Force will be moved for Gujarat. Five of the teams will be airlifted by Air Force around 8 pm.

Deputy Commandant of the 5th Battalion, Sachchidanand Gawade said, "Due to evolving weather situation in and around Vadodara in Gujarat, five teams of the NDRF will be airlifted from Pune by the Indian Air Force on Thursday evening. Three more teams are already moving by road."

The 5th Battalion of the NDRF which is headquartered at Sudumbare near Talegaon in Pune district, has under its control a total of 18 self-sustained teams of 45 members each, which are equipped with boats, state-of-art of cutting tools, paramedics and dog squads. (ENS)

15:33 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Bihar: Flood situation in Darbhanga continues to remain serious

Bihar: Flood situation in Darbhanga continues to remain serious

15:31 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Vadodara: Army called in as 1000 people evacuated from city
Stranded people were evacuated with the help of Army (Express Photo)
Stranded people were evacuated with the help of Army (Express Photo)

The fire brigade, Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuated around 1,000 people from the city and surrounding villages using boats and tractors, and shifted them to safer places, an official press release was quoted as saying by PTI.

15:25 (IST)01 Aug 2019
48 power feeders shut across Vadodara

The Madhya Gujarat Vij Corporation Ltd has shut 48 power feeders across the city since late Wednesday evening as a preventive measure. The affected areas include Karelibaug, Gotri, Fatehgunj, Indirapuri, Sardar Estate, Dandia Bazar, Raopura, Mandvi, Panigate, Mujhmahuda, Harinagar, Alkapuri and others.

There are a total of 292 feeders in the city. Yashpal Parmar, spokesperson MGVCL said, "There is waterlogging in the feeders and they have been shut as prevention since last evening to avoid mishaps and accidents. We have called in teams of officials from Uttar Gujarat Vij Corporation Ltd and Paschim Gujarat Vij Corporation Ltd to help in restoring power and attending to calls. The officials are on the ground and the power will be restored as soon as the water recedes."

15:00 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Mahadev lake in Wadi area is the city spills over

Mahadev lake in Wadi area is the city spills over
Mahadev lake in Wadi area is the city spills over. (Express Photo)

14:34 (IST)01 Aug 2019
Vadodara: 5 additional NDRF teams flying from Pune

Five additional NDRF teams will be flying from Pune to assist in rescue and relief operations in Vadodara. Currently, four NDRF teams, four SDRF, two teams of Army and two companies of SRP along with fire department teams of Vadodara and Surat are at work on ground. 

A day in the life of J&K Police’s Mountain Rescue Team that helps Amarnath pilgrims The yatra was suspended on Wednesday as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident, officials said.

The Amarnath yatra has been suspended till August 4 as the IMD has forecast heavy rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir over the next few days, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) said on Wednesday. The yatra was suspended on Wednesday as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident, officials said.

A 17-year-old boy was electrocuted as Vadodara was battered by heavy rainfall on Wednesday. Several trains from Mumbai were stopped en route and passengers were stranded for hours as tracks were waterlogged.