India – Floods in Rajasthan and Gujarat After Almost 50cm of Rain in 24 Hours

Almost half a metre of rain in 24 hours has caused flooding in parts of the state of Gujarat in the west of India. Meanwhile at least 3 people have died after heavy rain in the state of Rajasthan.

NDRF carry out rescues after floods in Vadodara, Gujarat India August 2019. Photo: NDRF


Teams from India’s NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and Gujurat’s State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), along with police and army personnel, have evacuated around 5,000 people from low-lying areas, in particular along the overflowing Vishwamitri river. Many of the roads in the area are completely inundated and boats were used to carry out rescues and evacuations.

Rescues were also carried out in the city of Vadodara, including patients from the city’s Rhythm Heart Institute hospital. Roads in the city were completely flooded and all 6 bridges were closed. Schools have also been closed, power supply interrupted and some rail and air travel suspended.

Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani, confirmed that 4 people died after a wall collapse due to heavy rain in the Chhani area of Vadodara.

State Emergency Operation Centre reported that the city of Vadodara recorded 499mm of rain on Wednesday 01 August, 2019. Elsewhere in Vadodara district, Dabhoi recorded 187mm and Karjan 165mm. In Sabarkantha district, Khedbrahma recorded 180mm and Vadali 176mm of rain during the same 24 hours period. Halol in Panchmahal District recorded 189mm of rain.


At least three people died in house collapse caused by heavy rainfall in the Nagphani area of Ajmer in the northern state of Rajasthan on 01 August, 2019.

One person was rescued from the site. It is thought at least 5 other people may still be buried under the rubble and search and rescue operations are continuing.

Ajmer recorded 114.2 mm of rain in 24 hours to 02 August, 2019. Images on Social Media showed raging flood waters dragging people through the city’s market area.

Social Media – Gujurat

Social Media – Rajasthan