Vadodara: In the backdrop of heavy rainfall in Gujarat's Vadodara, operations are halted at Vadodara Airport till 9 am on Friday and few trains are cancelled due to water- logging. Western Railways said some trains passing through the city were either cancelled or diverted due to "heavy water- logging". Heavy rainfall has thrown life out of gear in Vadodara. Rains also lashed other parts of the state including Ahmedabad city and central Gujarat.
"Homes get flooded as record-breaking #Vadodara rains of 554 mm in 12 hours disrupt normal life," tweeted SkymetWeather.
Meanwhile, as torrential rains lashed Vadodara and nearby areas creating a flood-like situation, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review the situation in the city and deputed two IAS officers to provide guidance to the local administration.
The Chief Minister also appealed citizens to shift from low lying areas to safer places, a statement from the Chief Minister's Office read. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to shift people from low lying areas to safer locations.
All schools and colleges have been ordered to remain shut on 1 August. Vadodara railway station has been shut down.
Elsewhere, the city of Ahmedabad recorded 58 mm rainfall on Wednesday.
Dabhoi town in Vadodara district received 152 mm rain, Halol in Panchmahal district received 143 mm, followed by Karjan in Vadodara district (137 mm), Waghodiya in Vadodara (124 mm), Umarpada in Surat (118 mm) and Sankheda in Chhotaudepur district (117 mm).
As per the latest forecast by the IMD, several parts of Gujarat, including Saurashtra, would receive "heavy to very heavy rains" during the next two days.