Six killed as heavy rains lash A`bad; rail, air traffic hit

Last Updated: Sunday, August 8, 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.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 22:40

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