Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Jamnagar gets 466 mm & Mandvi 449 mm as Rain batters Gujarat

A record-breaking 466 mm of rainfall was recorded in Jamnagar city in the past 24 hours. Rains continued to lash the city and district all through Monday night and early on Tuesday morning, causing major parts of the city to be inundated. According to reports from Jamnagar district control room, the city recorded the maximum rainfall with 466 mm up till Tuesday morning. This apart, Khambhaliya recorded 208 mm rainfall, Jodiya 212 mm, Lalpur 164 mm, Kalyanpur, 155 mm and Bhanvad 85 mm rainfall. Mandvi, too, got its highest 24-hour rainfall of 449 mm.

Caught in an endless spiral of incessant rainfall, many localities of Jamnagar in Gujarat remained submerged after waters from the city's Lakota lake overflowed in the wake of heavy rains earlier in the day. Local residents were left struggling for survival after water flooded their homes and inundated roads while bringing normal life in the city to a virtual standstill.

Hundreds of people and vehicles remained stranded due to roads either being cut-off by the floodwaters or closed as a precautionary measure."The Lakota pond, which is located in the heart of Jamnagar, has overflowed because of the rains. We have diverted the overflowing waters to the regional river, due to which the inflow has been significantly reduced. The outflow of water is also being controlled by regulating the gateways," said P. Swarup, Commissioner of Jamnagar.

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