Rains in Vadodara have forced the airport to be shut and several trains have also been diverted. Schools and colleges have also been shut following flash floods.
Vadodara: The Vadodara Airport was closed on Wednesday (August 1) due to heavy rain. Two domestic flights were also cancelled, airport authorities said.
Psngrs may kindly note the cancellation of trains on 1/8/19 due to short termination of pairing rakes on 31/7/19 due to water logging at Vadodara following heavy rains. Pls dial 139 or click on https://t.co/I6LcHIGE16 for train status. pic.twitter.com/JBl5wwMWO8— Western Railway (@WesternRly) August 1, 2019
The Gujarat government directed the local administration to shift people from low-lying areas in Vadodara.
National Disaster Response Force rescued several people overnight. All schools and colleges in Vadodara are closed today.
Vadodara in Gujarat received very heavy rain on Wednesday-over 400 millimeters in just 12 hours, the weather office said. Western Railways said some trains passing through the city had to be diverted due to water-logging.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani called a meeting on Wednesday evening to review the situation in Vadodara. He urged people to cooperate with local officials during the rescue operations.
Heavy rainfall hit several other places in Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Surat and Panchmahal.
As per the latest forecast by the weather office, several parts of Gujarat will receive "heavy to very heavy rains" during the next two days.
Vadodara, which is in central Gujarat, received the record rainfall between 8.00 am and 8.00 pm, said a statement by the state government. Of this, 286 mm of rain was received in just four hours ending at 8.00 pm.
This morning, Western Railways tweeted that several trains were cancelled or diverted "due to waterlogging".
Weather experts say the state could experience "heavy to very heavy rains" in the next two days.
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Last Updated Aug 1, 2019, 12:30 PM IST