Ahmedabad: Due to heavy rains in South and Central Gujarat, more than 15,000 people were evacuated to safer places as water level in rivers rose, disrupting rail as well as road traffic between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Around 13,000 people from 21 villages of Bharuch district and low-lying areas of Bharuch city around the Narmada river were shifted to safer places after heavy rains lashed the entire district today causing substantial rise in river water levels, district authorities said.
Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man drowned in a river in Segva village, taking the death toll during the current spell of rains to two.
"Around 13,000 people from 21 villages of Bharuch district and low-lying areas of Bharuch have been evacuated and shifted to safer places. Though it did not rain for two to three hours in the afternoon, it has been raining continuously since and our teams on field have been alerted about the situation," Bharuch district collector Avantika Singh told PTI.
She said that the Narmada river's water level on Golden Bridge, which connects Bharuch to Ankleshwar, had touched 33 feet, exceeding the danger level of 24 feet.
Educational institutions in the entire district will remain closed tomorrow, she said.
In Vadodara, around 2,400 people from 16 villages of Naswadi, Sankheda and Karjan talukas have been shifted to safer places as heavy rains continued to lash the district and the city, district authorities said.
Vadodara district collector Vinod Rao said that the administration is keeping a close watch on the situation and has deputed officials to visit affected areas to tackle any situation.
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Updated Date: Sep 24, 2013 20:15:46 IST