Residents watched in horror as cars, two-wheelers, animals, roadside kiosks and handcarts were swept away by flash floods caused by the Kalva River that runs through the town.
What made the situation worse were the incessant downpours on Mount Girnar which sent gushing gusts of water towards the city at the foot of the hills. In Ahmedabad, 109 mm of rain was recorded in three hours from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm It was the highest single-day rainfall received by the city this monsoon, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials said.
As several areas of the western city recorded more than 100mm of rain, heavy waterlogging brought traffic to a standstill. People’s problems were compounded by vehicles shutting down due to water, forcing many to abandon their vehicles on the roads and walk to their destinations.
the eight gates of Vasna dam were opened due to excess water inflow.
In south Gujarat, three people, including a father-son duo, have died after their car drowned in the turbulent Damanganga River in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. A 19-year-old boy was also swept away by the gushing waters in Navsari city. Navsari was hit by 303mm of rain on Saturday.
The city and Junagadh district have been lashed by rain since Tuesday, but the situation turned grim on Thursday with most residential societies and roads heavily flooded. There were no signs of the floodwaters receding until late at night and management fears things will get worse if the rain persists.
The ferocity meant that there was nothing the civic machine could do to provide relief. Junagadh was hit with nine and a half inches of rain between 1pm and overnight. Girnar’s water also flows into the Sonrekh River which passes through the outskirts of Junagadh.
the largest zoo in Gujarat, sakkarbaug, on the outskirts of the city, was also flooded when one of its walls collapsed. However, the animals inside were safe and many carnivores, including lions and tigers, were moved to a night shelter with a platform inside the facility, he said. aradhana sahuChief Forest Conservator, Junagadh.
Speaking with TOI, municipal commissioner R. M. Tanna He said: “There is no immediate report of human deaths due to the flooding. An old house collapsed but the residents were rescued. we have three NDRF Junagadh and Rajkot fire crews and crews are involved in rescue and relief work.” “Junagadh’s topography is such that water cannot recede even through natural drainage if there is continuous torrential rain upstream,” he explained.
However, by night, the flood waters had begun to recede in many parts of the city. . Junagadh collector AR Ranavasiya requested people not to venture out of their homes and call the control room for help.
Look Junagadh: Flood-like situation due to heavy rain, NDRF rescues several people