Barodians scurry for cover as heavy rain lashes city at night

Times of India | 1 month ago | 27-06-2022 | 03:34 am

Barodians scurry for cover as heavy rain lashes city at night

Vadodara: Heavy rains accompanied by lightning and thunder lashed the city on Sunday evening. After the skies remained clear all day, it suddenly changed in the evening and by 8pm, it began to pour heavily again, sending people scurrying for cover in the city.The walled city areas, including Dandia Bazaar, Raopura Road, Panigate and Wadi, witnessed waterlogging due to the heavy downpour. In the western areas, the Old Padra Road saw heavy traffic snarls due to the ongoing construction of a flyover. The narrow service roads on both sides of the flyover got waterlogged for a while. Godhra taluka in Panchmahal district too saw heavy winds and lightning. A tree caught fire after it got struck by lightning about six kilometres from Godhra town. In Mahisagar district, a five-year-old girl got electrocuted as she got close to an electric pole. Her family members, though, saved the minor and rushed her to the hospital. Her condition is said to be stable.Across Gujarat, 84 talukas recorded rainfall till 8pm. Umarpada in Surat recorded maximum 65mm of rain, followed by 50mm in Dharampur, Valsad; 47mm in Jambughoda, Panchmahal; 42mm in Songadh, Tapi; and 41mm in Chikhli, Navsari. Viramgam recorded 25mm of rain, and Sanand and Mandal, 4mm each.According to IMD forecast, some parts of south Gujarat may experience heavy rainfall on Monday and almost all the districts are likely to get thundershowers due to a cyclonic circulation.

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