Six killed as heavy rains lash A`bad; rail, air traffic hit
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 22:40
Ahmedabad: Six persons, including three children, were killed while rail and air traffic was severely affected after heavy overnight rains lashed the city, officials said today.

Ahmedabad received nearly 35 cms of rainfall since last night as water logging was reported from various parts of the city including Chandkheda, Ranip and Sabarmati, they said.

Ten trains were cancelled and nine others got delayed as railway tracks were submerged in flood water.

The top portion of a temple fell on an adjoining house killing four members of the family on the spot at Dudeshwar area here in the wee hours today, police said.

In separate incidents, two youths drowned in water logged underpasses at Akbarnagar and Nirnaynagar areas of the city, they said.

Operations at the international terminal of the Sardar Patel Airport here were affected due to water logging following which electricity supply to the terminal had been cut-off as a precautionary measure, airport officials said.

International flight operations were shifted to the domestic terminal, they said, adding the Ahmedabad-Dubai flight of Emirates was cancelled while several domestic flights got delayed.

Passengers were seen traversing through knee-deep waters at the airport.

Six broad gauge trains were cancelled while several trains including the Kutch Express, Saurashtra Mail, Bhavnagar Express, Saurashtra Janta Express, Ashram Express, Somnath Express and Rajdhani Express were running two to four hours behind schedule.

Two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were deployed to rescue those stranded in floods waters, which at some places were over four feet deep.

Pumps were used to drain out water from houses in Ranip, Bapunagar, Memnagar and Chandkheda areas, city Municipal Corporation(AMC) Commissioner I P Gautam said, adding rescue operations were on full swing.

Meanwhile, over 2000 people were shifted to higher grounds in Sanand taluka about 30 km from Ahmedabad, district officials said, adding that the taluka received 25 cms of rain last night.

"Three boats have been sent to worst affected villages while food packets have been distributed to those shifted to safer grounds," an official said.

In Vadodara, about 170 families from Sankheda and Waghodia talukas were shifted to safer places after water entered their homes following heavy rain in the past two days.

However with the downpour subsiding late in the evening, water has started receding and people also began to return to their villages, district officials said.


First Published: Sunday, August 08, 2010, 22:40

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