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Monday, July 11: Heavy rains have continued to lash several parts of Gujarat over the weekend, affecting normal life in the state. Bodeli taluka of Chhota Udepur district has received the most rainfall at 20 inches, which has left several villages in the district cut off from the rest of the state. Locals claim that four persons were swept away in the flood.

The power supply of 66 villages has been disrupted, while several houses have collapsed. A total of 3,250 people have been evacuated across the state, including 400 in Chhota Udepur, 550 in Navsari and 470 in Valsad.

In the last 24 hours, 218 talukas in the state have received heavy rains. Bodeli, Kavant, Jambughoda, Jetpurpavi and Chhota Udepur have been the worst-hit areas. All these locations have received more than 15 inches of rain, while Sagbara, Sankheda, Dediyapada, Ghoghamba, Dolvan, Vansada, Nadiad, Godhra and Sojitra have registered more than 10 inches of precipitation.

In Chhota Udepur, many villages were cut off due to floods. More than two hundred people were rescued by the NDRF team with the help of boats. Many Villages were cut off due to the flooding of rivers. At least 12 villages of Naswadi taluka were cut off, and two roads of Kawant were closed. Amid the heavy rainfall, a bridge between Palasani and Kalidoli of Naswadi Taluka also collapsed in Chhota Udepur. In Bodeli, the low-lying areas were waterlogged with record-breaking 17 inches of rain from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has asked all district collectors to evacuate people trapped in low-lying areas. There was flooding in some low-lying areas of Valsad after a rise in the level of Orsang river. Authorities in the Navsari district are also on alert, as the Kaveri and Ambika rivers are flowing above the danger mark.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, on Sunday, held a meeting with District Collectors from the State Emergency Operations Centre to review the measures taken to deal with the situation arising from heavy rains in South Gujarat, including Chhota Udepur. Gujarat Disaster Management Minister Rajendra Trivedi added that the state has made arrangements to shift people staying in low-lying areas to safer places.

Situation in Ahmedabad

Late on Sunday evening, Ahmedabad was also flooded due to heavy rains. Low-lying areas in the city were inundated due to the rise in the water level of some rivers. In fact, Ahmedabad has received 30 per cent of the season’s rainfall in the last three days. Paldi, Vasana, and Ellis Bridge areas received the maximum rainfall of 241.3 mm. Continuous rains also led to waterlogging in Paldi, Bodakdev, Usmanpura, and Jodhpur areas of Ahmedabad.

Due to heavy rains, the wall of AUDA Lake on Prahladnagar Road in Ahmedabad collapsed, thereby flooding the basement of Vraj Vihar Apartment next to it. The cars parked in the parking lot were seen floating in water. Some cars got stuck in huge potholes in Shahibaug and Shela areas.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation decided to keep schools and colleges shut on Monday given the heavy rains and waterlogging.

According to the preliminary information from Ahmedabad airport, more than 23 flights have gotten delayed by up to 4 hours since Monday midnight, two flights have been diverted, and two flights have been cancelled.

Weekly forecast and seasonal rainfall recorded so far

According to the meteorological department, heavy to very heavy rains are expected to continue for the next five days. Heavy rains have been forecast in Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Porbandar districts of Saurashtra and Anand, Chhota Udepur and Vadodara in central Gujarat. Winds of 30 to 40 kmph are also on the cards.

Meanwhile, Gujarat has received a total of 282.9 mm rainfall for the season so far — a 44% ‘excess’ compared to its long-term average for the period between June 1 and July 10.

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The above article has been published from a wire agency with minimal modifications to the headline and text.

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