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Eight killed as rains pound Gujarat

Monday 27 June 2005

AHMEDABAD: Eight persons were killed in rain-related incidents as heavy showers lashed several parts of Gujarat on Sunday.

Four persons died in Vadodara, two each in Surat and Ahmedabad, police and fire brigade sources said.

Vadodara recorded the maximum rainfall of 159mm till 1750 hours on Sunday. Fifty people from Bheel taluka and 400 living in low-lying areas of Padra taluka of Vadodara district were shifted to safer places following heavy and incessant rains.

Bhavnagar district of Saurashtra region also received heavy rains with the maximum of 132 mm being recorded in Alaja taluka followed by Valbhipur with 111 mm and Sumrala with 106 mm.

A minor boy was electrocuted in Vijaynagar locality of the city, while another boy died after he slipped into a well in Karachiya village on the outskirts of the city, police said.

A bank employee died due to electrocution in Tarsali area in Vadodara on Saturday evening when he tried to save his son from burn injuries following an electric shock. His wife and daughter also sustained burn injuries and are in hospital.

Reports of water-logging were received from different parts of the city, including Akota, Dandia Bazzar, Race Course, Gotri and Kareli Baug. Ahmedabad also received heavy rainfall following which two persons were killed in two separate incidents. One youth was killed after a pole fell on him in the water-logged Sabarmati locality, while a tea-vendor was killed after a wall collapsed on him, police sources said.

However,a flood situation has not built up in any part of the State. - PTI

See online : The Hindu

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