Six dead as heavy rain batters Vadodara; airport shut, army on standby

Six dead as heavy rain batters Vadodara; airport shut, army on standby

At least six people have died in rain-related incidents as torrential downpour lashed Gujarat’s Vadodara city till late Wednesday night, forcing authorities to shut down the airport and terminate or reschedule several trains.

The city received 442mm of rain in just 12 hours between 8am and 8pm on Wednesday, the highest in Gujarat in the period, said a release by the state government. Of this, 286mm of rain fell in just four hours ending at 8pm, the release added.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places over Gujarat.
Record rainfall in Gujarat’s Vadodara; Airport closed, trains diverted

‘Strong winds, speed reaching 40-50 kmph, are likely to prevail over along and off Gujarat-Maharashtra-Goa coasts. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas,’ the weather department said.

All schools and colleges have been ordered to remain shut on Thursday.

‘The downpour has stopped in Vadodara. But still, there is heavy rain forecast for other parts of the state. The administration is alert and teams are standing by to tackle the situation,’ chief minister Vijay Rupani said.

Rupani had held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review the situation in the city and deputed two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers to provide guidance to the local administration.

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A statement from the chief minister’s office said Rupani also appealed citizens to shift from low lying areas. Several teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed to shift people from these areas to safer locations. Army is also on the standby.

‘Reached State Emergency Operation Center, Gandhinagar, and held a review meeting with officials on heavy rain situation in Vadodara. Instructed officials to leave no stone unturned to counter any adverse situation,’ the chief minister tweeted after the meeting.

Flights, trains affected

Western Railway tweeted on Thursday that trains are moving now but with a restriction on speed.

‘There was water logging on tracks after heavy rains at Vadodara on 31/7/19, After water has been receded to an extent, train movement has been started by clamping the points at some locations & with caution order ie restricted speed at Vadodara on 1/8/19 (sic),’ Western Railway tweeted on Thursday.

Authorities had shut down the city’s railway station on Wednesday and cancelled as many as 22 trains.

News agency Asian News International tweeted that operations have been halted at the Vadodara airport till 9am on Friday due to heavy rains.

Evacuations

While Vadodara was inundated following the record downpour, Udera village in outskirts of the city has been worst affected. The lake in the village has swelled and some 200 people have been evacuated to safer places.

‘Nearly 1,000 persons have been shifted from low-lying areas in outskirts to safer places,’ residential collector Dilip Patel said.

Large parts of the city also lost power. At Lotus Children’s Hospital in Varasiya area, a police team rushed to supply diesel to keep the generator running as six children at the hospital were critical and needed constant oxygen supply.

Rains also lashed other parts of the state including Ahmedabad city and central Gujarat. IMD has forecast that several parts of Gujarat, including Saurashtra, would receive ‘heavy to very heavy rains’ during the next two days.

Watch: Schoolgirl highlights plight of Unnao survivor, tells police team ‘not protected from influential people’

Watch: Schoolgirl highlights plight of Unnao survivor, tells police team ‘not protected from influential people’

Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday met with an extremely awkward situation when a schoolgirl asked some toughest question regarding the safety of women in India. Interestingly, she asked this question during the interaction with UP Police who were visiting UP’s Barabanki school to delivered a lecture on women’s safety.

Meanwhile, the video of the class 11 girl has surfaced the Internet in which she can be seen asking some serious questions on women safety and also highlighted the major points of Unnao rape case.
During citing the example of Unnao rape survivor’s case, the girl alleged the failure of administration in giving protection to the victim, who recently met with a car accident on Sunday.

She raised her voice that how Police would ensure the safety of those who complain against the influential people who harass or commit a crime against them.

In the video, she can be heard saying to UP cops, ‘You said we should raise our voice and protest. We know a teen was raped by a BJP leader,” she began and went on to talk about the car crash. “Everyone knows it was no accident. The truck number plate was painted black…It is one thing to protest when an ordinary person is involved, but what when the person is someone powerful? We know no action will be taken if we protest and even if action is taken, it will be of no use. The girl is in a critical state…If we protest, how will you ensure justice? How will you guarantee my safety? What’s the guarantee nothing will happen to me?’

However, she said these words when the police officer, Additional Superintendent of Police S Gautam, had spoken about the right of an individual to raise one’s voice and protest against the wrong things in society.

In the video, the other students can be seen applauding and hooting when their classmate posed her questions to UP Police.

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