After two days of relentless rains, life is getting normal in Vadodra and surrounding areas in central Gujarat on Saturday.
Two more deaths were reported in the city of Vadodara on Friday as the toll rose to seven, due to heavy rains and flooding in major parts of the city.
As on Thursday evening, over 5,700 were evacuated in the area.
A wall collapsed in Chhani area of Vadodara city on Friday that killed four.
The Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced a compensation of Rs four lakh for the kin of those killed in the incident.
“The level of water in Vishwamitri river is going down, water in the city is also receding. Bridges have been opened for vehicular traffic. Electricity & water supply is being restored. SDRF & NDRF teams are deployed for evacuation” Shalini Agarwal, District Magistrate, Vadodara was quoted as saying.
Airport services were also restored after 24 hours of heavy rainfall that was closed due to water-logging and garbage accumulation on the runway.
Meanwhile Indian Meteorological Department in its All India Weather Warning Bulletin predicted “heavy rainfall” in Gujarat region on Saturday.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday met flood-affected people in Vadodara.
He also announced that the state government will pay cash-doles for three days, according to legal provisions, to those who had to be evacuated to safer places due to flooding and couldn’t go for work, reports suggest.
According to reports, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams rescued 594 people and 4 livestock in the city.
Breaking a record of sorts, Vadodara and nearby areas received over 10 inches of rainfall within a few hours till Thursday evening.
The South-West monsoon was vigorous over Saurashtra and active over other districts of South Gujarat.
Rains lashed other parts of the state including Ahmedabad, Surat, Panchmahal and central Gujarat.
However, 18 of the state’s 33 districts remained rainfall deficient.
Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Mahisagar and Devbhoomi Dwarka districts have received the least rainfall.