Vadodara in Gujarat has received unprecedented rainfall of 20 inches in 6-7 hours. Vishwamitri river has overflown and the crocodiles from the river have entered the residential areas.
As per reports, over 300 crocodiles live in the Vishwamitri river. Hence whenever the water levels in the river increase, the crocodiles come to the residential areas of the city. Such situation had happened back in 2014 as well where crocodiles were found roaming on the streets of Vadodara.
Gujarat government is on alert after the heavy rainfall. 5 NDRF teams have been dispatched to Vadodara from Pune. Right now, 4 NDRF and SDRF teams each are present along with 2 teams of Army, 2 SRP companies, police and fire teams from Surat. Rescue and relief operations are currently underway.
The rains have stopped and the water levels are receding.
Vishwamitri is a seasonal river which originates from Pavagadh hills. It passes through Vadodara before flowing into the Gulf of Khambhat. Last year, an 11-foot crocodile was amongst the four crocodiles rescued from the streets of Vadodara following a heavy rainfall. In another incident, a baby crocodile had entered a swimming pool in a farmhouse. Prior to that, in 2016, a two-feet long crocodile was found inside a bathroom of a house. The crocodile was later released into the river.