At least one person was killed and 600 people were evacuated on Wednesday following heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat. The state government has deployed three National Disaster Response Force teams in southern Gujarat to deal with emergencies, The Hindu reported.
South Gujarat and parts of Saurashtra have experienced heavy rainfall since Monday. Surat, Valsad and Navsari areas were the worst hit in southern Gujarat. Several areas were waterlogged following incessant rainfall. Roads were blocked and dams were overflowing as rivers swelled. One person drowned in Bardoli town in Surat district.
“There is an alert in South Gujarat for more rain in next 24 hours,” an official from the emergency centre was quoted as saying. “On Wednesday, 600 people were shifted to safe locations.”
Somnath, Rajula and some coastal places in Saurashtra also received heavy rainfall.
Several trains were cancelled, especially on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, the Hindustan Times reported. Authorities have advised fishermen to not venture into the sea.
“Heavy rainfall is expected in the eastern, central and southern districts of the state like Dahod and Panchmahals in the next 24 hours to follow,” India Meteorological Department Director Jayanta Sarkar said on Wednesday. “There will be normal to moderate rains in north Gujarat, Kutch and the rest of the state for a couple of days.”