Heavy downpour for two days in Gujarat disrupted normal life and traffic movement on the Mumbai-Delhi highway and Mumbai-Ahmedabad train route and left more than 10,000 trucks stranded on the national highway due to water logging.
Valsad and other areas of south Gujarat received more than 417 mm rain in the last 24 hours, forcing authorities to launch rescue operations as low-lying areas in Valsad, Surat and other towns were flooded.
“Traffic remains jammed at several places from Valsad to Bharuch,” said a senior official of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), adding that it would take 24 hours to clear the traffic provided there was no further rain.
According to him, there was 20 km-long traffic jam at the Narmada river bridge in Bharuch on Tuesday night.
The Delhi-Mumbai national highway 8 is the main road for movements of goods on road from the commercial capital to the national capital passing though Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana. More than 5,000 trucks and cargo vehicle ply in this road on an average, daily.
The Ahmedabad-Mumbai train traffic was also affected with the western railways cancelling or rescheduling half-a-dozen trains.
As many as 17 villages apart from Valsad town were put on high alert and two teams each of national disaster relief force (NDRF) of the central reserve police force (CRPF) were called in to shift people to safer locations.
Meanwhile, there have been nine rain-related deaths in the state in the last 24 hours.