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Gujarat rain situation improves

india Updated: Jul 31, 2006 16:29 IST
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Rain-hit south and central Gujarat returned to normal on Monday as heavy showers subsided and rail and road traffic resumed, even as efforts continued to rescue people marooned by floodwaters and around 50,000 citizens were shifted to safer locations, officials said.

A report said 80 children and five staff members were stranded on the first floor of a boarding school in Bhattalavdi village in Anand district.

"However, the school building in which they are stranded is a (concrete) building and there is no threat to their lives. We are in touch with them via phone and rescue efforts to bring them to safer places is on," resident deputy Collector CM Padoliya told.

Eleven ONCG workers were stranded at an oil well in Jamdi village in the same district, he said, adding efforts are on to bring them to safety.

"Few villages in the district are also cut off. However, there is no threat to life to any people who are cut off as rains have stopped since Sunday afternoon. The administration is trying to reach them by boats," Padoliya added.

About 60 farm labourers stranded in Ganol village of Dholka taluka, are being rescued by a team of Ahmedabad fire brigade.

State flood control sources said intensity of rains has lessened since Sunday night.

Railway officials said the traffic had resumed, but trains were still running two to three hours late.