Heavy rains in Gujarat; Visavadar taluka in Junagadh received 398 mm of rain in 24 hours. Ahmedabad News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: In the past 24 hours, several parts of Gujarat received heavy rains, inundating low-lying areas of cities and villages, creating a flood-like situation, an official said on Saturday.
To address the gravity of the situation, teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been sent to the most affected districts including Kutch, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Navsari.
According to officials, several districts in the Saurashtra-Kutch and South Gujarat regions received exceptionally heavy rainfall, causing water-logging in low-lying areas and submerging villages. Heavy waterlogging has also been observed in Ahmedabad city, resulting in major traffic congestion and inconvenience to commuters.
The impact of heavy rains has been particularly severe at various places. For example, the Gandhidham railway station in Kutch was flooded due to heavy rains, while several villages and towns in Junagadh, Jamnagar, Kutch, Valsad, Navsari, Mehsana and Surat were affected.
Visavadar taluka of Junagadh district received 398 mm of extremely heavy rainfall within a 24-hour period ending 6 am on Saturday, the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) said. Similarly, Jamnagar taluka in Jamnagar district received 269 mm of rain, Kaprada in Valsad 247 mm, Anjar in Kutch 239 mm and Khergam in Navsari 222 mm. According to SEOC, these areas have been identified as some of the most affected areas.
Responding to the situation, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel called an emergency meeting with officials at the SEOC in Gandhinagar on Friday night. During the meeting, he directed the officials to give priority to rescue and relief operations, including evacuation of residents living in low-lying areas. The Government, along with NDRF and SDRF teams, is actively working to provide necessary assistance to the affected areas and ensure the safety and welfare of the affected population.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted that the intensity of rain will reduce in the state on Saturday and the situation will start becoming normal by Sunday.
However, the department has warned of heavy rain at isolated places in the districts of North and South Gujarat and Saurashtra till Sunday morning.
The IMD also said that light to moderate rain would occur in many parts of the state till Wednesday morning.