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.