Rain devastates Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: After heavy rain caused havoc in nearly all parts of India, it was the turn for Gujarat over the weekend where overnight downpour killed four persons, including three children, and severely affected rail and air traffic in the city here, officials said on Sunday.
Ahmedabad received 130 mm rain throughout Saturday night, railway officials said.

The top portion of a temple fell on the adjoining house killing on the spot four members of a family at Dudeshwar area of the city in the wee hours of Sunday, they said.

Ten trains were cancelled and nine others got delayed as railway tracks were submerged.
Six broad-gauge trains originating from the city have been cancelled, which include Ahmedabad-Okha, Ahmedabad-Viramgam, Ahmedabad-Veraval, Ahmedabad-Valsad, Jamnagar-Surat, Ahmedabad-Mehsana and Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar.

Whereas, nine other trains like Kutch Express, Saurashtra Mail, Bhavnagar Express, Saurashtra Janta Express, Ashram Express, Somnath Express and Rajdhani Express are running two to four hours behind their schedule. Four meter-gauge trains have also been cancelled due to waterlogging on the railway tracks.

Meanwhile, operations at the international terminal of the Sardar Patel Airport here were hampered due to waterlogging following which electricity supply to the terminal had to be cut off as a precautionary measure, airport officials said, adding that one international flight was cancelled.  An Emirates flight originating from Ahmedabad en route to Dubai was cancelled, while other domestic flights were delayed.

The passengers were seen traversing through knee-deep waters at the airport carrying the baggage on their head.There has been waterlogging in various areas of the city, such as Chandkheda, Ranip, Sabarmati and other low lying areas, municipal officials said.

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