400 marooned in rain-hit Ahmedabad
The Army has been called in to assist in rescuing about 400 people who were marooned in Bavda village of Ahmedabad district in heavy rains, which lashed several parts of Gujarat on Tuesday night.
"One column of the Army has already been deployed after flood water entered Bavda village in rural Ahmedabad," Ahmedabad District Collector D Thara said in Ahmedabad on Tuesday morning.
Both the army and the fire-brigade are helping in rescuing about 400 persons who have been stranded in this village, she said.
The collector said the state administration had to evacuate an estimated 4,000 people from the Dascroi and Dholka talukas of the district. "The situation in Dascroi is very grim," she added.
Meanwhile, in an overnight operation, the district administration evacuated about 11,000 people from low-lying area of Ahmedabad city after three lakh cuesec water was released into the Sabarmati river.
A large part of the evacuation were carried out in the slums near the Mahatma Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati locality after water from the river entered the low-lying shanties.