Over 40,000 persons have been evacuated and shifted in the state of Gujarat where inundating rains have paralysed normal life.
Heavy rains have been lashing districts of south Gujarat since September 21 with water from overflowing rivers entering residential areas in cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Bharuch and Vadodara.
Rains which have been incessant since Monday subsided on Tuesday bringing some relief to people. But the situation didn’t last long as it started pouring heavily again on Tuesday night.
The Ahmedabad Fire Department had sent three rescue teams to Vadodara and Bharuch to assist in rescue operations.
Schools and colleges in Ahmedabad, Surat and Bharuch have been asked to remain shut and the exams scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed.
The torrential rains have also affected railway operations. Five trains have been cancelled since morning between Ahmedabad and Mumbai as railway tracks lie water-logged.
Vadodara Collector Vinod Rao along with the district officials carried out midnight rescue operation in Vadodara city to evacuate people from the low lying areas.
The MET department have given an alert till Wednesday evening forecasting heavy to very heavy rains in Gujarat.