Rain wreaks havoc in Gujarat, 13 dead

FrontA flooded street at Limbayat in Surat on Thursday. (Express photo)

Incessant rain for the last few days wreaked havoc in parts of Gujarat causing flood in many cities. The death toll in the state has reached 13 and over 90,000 people have been evacuated to safer areas, according to the state government.

The stormwater drains of the biggest cities of the state failed to cope with the unexpected deluge, in spite of elaborate "pre-monsoon plans" drawn up by municipal corporations. The retreating monsoon drowned Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, exposing inadequate infrastructure and paralysing life since Saturday.

In Rajkot city and other parts of Saurashtra, torrential rain left major rivers in spate, affecting rail and road traffic on Thursday. According to the flood control room of the district, the city received 16 inches of rain overnight. Another 120 mm was recorded between 7 am and 4 pm.

In Vadodara, the water levels of Vishwamitri river that flows through the city continued to be above the danger mark. Residents of an apartment in Tandalja area of Vadodara had to be evacuated after the ground floor of the building sunk by almost a feet.

<>bModi out for poll campaign, Anandi Patel chairs meeting

With Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi travelling down south, a high-powered meeting to take stock of the flood situation was chaired by state Revenue and Urban Development Minister Anandi Patel. Modi's Twitter

handle also remained quiet on the flood.The Congress, however, has criticised the ruling BJP for

remaining busy in publicity blitz

for Modi when large parts of state was submerged in water. ENS

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