Ahmedabad: Due to heavy rains in South and Central Gujarat, more than 15,000 people were evacuated to safer places as water level in rivers rose, disrupting rail as well as road traffic between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Around 13,000 people from 21 villages of Bharuch district and low-lying areas of Bharuch city around the Narmada river were shifted to safer places after heavy rains lashed the entire district on Tuesday causing substantial rise in river water levels, district authorities said.
Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man drowned in a river in Segva village, taking the death toll during the current spell of rains to two.
"Around 13,000 people from 21 villages of Bharuch district and low-lying areas of Bharuch have been evacuated and shifted to safer places. Though it did not rain for two to three hours in the afternoon, it has been raining continuously since and our teams on field have been alerted about the situation," Bharuch district collector Avantika Singh told a news agency.
She said that the Narmada river`s water level on Golden Bridge, which connects Bharuch to Ankleshwar, had touched 33 feet, exceeding the danger level of 24 feet.
Educational institutions in the entire district will remain closed tomorrow, she said.
In Vadodara, around 2,400 people from 16 villages of Naswadi, Sankheda and Karjan talukas have been shifted to safer places as heavy rains continued to lash the district and the city, district authorities said.
Vadodara district collector Vinod Rao said that the administration is keeping a close watch on the situation and has deputed officials to visit affected areas to tackle any situation. All the schools located in both the districts remained closed today because of heavy rains.
Meanwhile, people residing in low-lying areas of Sanjaynagar, Rajivnagar, Kasbavad and other low-lying areas of Vadodara city have been alerted following a rise in the water level of the Vishwamitri river which passes through the city.
Vishwamitri`s water level touched 21.8 feet, Vadodara Municipal Corporation`s Chief Fire Brigade Officer Hitendra Tapariya told a news agency.
The rise in Vishwamitri river`s water level is due to release of water from the Ajwa Dam on the outskirts of the city, where water level stood at 213 feet, which is one feet below the maximum level.
Railway authorities said that train services on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route were disrupted after water submerged tracks in Vadodara.
Road traffic on National Highway 8 near Bharuch was also disrupted and a long queue of trucks and buses got stuck causing traffic jams.
Seven teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), fire brigade teams, local administration and police were deployed for rescue and relief operations.
However, the situation, is slowly limping back to normal in South Gujarat`s Surat district, where water levels have receded in low lying areas, Surat District Collector J Shivhare told a news agency, adding that schools and colleges, which remained closed for two days, would reopen tomorrow.