Rain hits rail services, cuts-off villages in Gujarat

Rain hits rail services, cuts-off villages in Gujarat

Several passenger and express trains in Ahmedabad-Mumbai route have been running behind schedule due to waterlogged tracks, as heavy rain continued to pound southern Gujarat for the past 12 hours.

The rains that threw normal life out of gear in places like Valsad, Navsari and Surat also inundated major highways connecting the state with Mumbai.

As many as 14 villages in Umargam have been marooned and cut-off, prompting district administration to dispatch teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to rescue people stranded there.

Valsad recorded 12 inches of rain on Monday night, which inundated low lying areas and threw traffic out of gear.

 Areas such as those around the city’s railway station and under the bridges have been submerged.

Valsad district officials, who continue to monitor the situation, said at least 150 families in Timbi village have been evacuated to a temple from the inundated areas.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Valsad District Collector Vikrant Pandey said: “The situation was grim, but the NDRF and SRPF teams rushed to the marooned areas and rescue people, especially in the low lying areas of Timbi and Jawaharnagar in Umargam.”

Pandey added that the situation is under control since the rains have abated.

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