Noida rain flood Ola cars
Police said the Ola vehicles recovered during COVID-19 or the damaged ones are kept at the yard in Old Sutiyana village | Video grab: Twitter/ANI

Noida: Schools closed after heavy rain; 350 Ola cars submerged by swollen Hindon

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All schools up to Class 12 in Noida and Greater Noida will remain closed on Wednesday due to rain and waterlogging, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration has said.

Parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) received heavy rain on Wednesday morning, leading to waterlogging in several areas.

“Due to rain and waterlogging, District Magistrate Manish Kumar Verma has ordered closure of all schools up to Class 12 for today,” District Inspector of Schools Dharmveer Singh said.

Submerged Ola cars

Large parts of northern India have been reeling under floods for days now. On Tuesday, videos and pictures of submerged Ola cars in Greater Noida cropped up on social media.

Police said around 350 cars of online cab aggregator Ola parked at a dump yard in Greater Noida were submerged as water overflowing from the swollen Hindon river entered the low-lying area.

Police said the dump yard is located in the floodplains of the Old Sutiyana village in the Ecotech 3 area.

“In the village, there is a dump yard of Ola cars. The vehicles recovered during the time of COVID-19 pandemic or those vehicles which got damaged are kept at this yard. The number of these vehicles is around 350. It is built on the land of a person named Satpal. There is a boundary wall around the dump yard, whose caretaker is Dinesh Yadav, who was present on the spot,” the police said in a statement.

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“The caretaker informed the police that these vehicles are currently parked in the dump yard. The high-level management of Ola was informed about water filling in the dump yard and given a notice by the police to vacate the yard in view of the rising water level of the Hindon river,” they added.

Ola officials have been contacted for further proceedings in connection with the dump yard being submerged, the police said.

Hundreds impacted

District administration officials said hundreds of people in the Hindon’s floodplains have been impacted by the overflowing river and moved to shelter homes.

District Magistrate Manish Verma, Additional District Magistrate Atul Kumar and Deputy Commissioner of Police Anil Kumar Yadav visited shelter homes in Chhijarsi, Chotpur, and Haibatpur to review the situation. Noida MLA Pankaj Singh also visited the impacted villages and interacted with locals as well as government officials.

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The district administration has appealed to residents of low-lying areas near the Hindon river to move to safer locations or shelter homes, saying the government is extending all possible help to the people impacted.

(With agency inputs)

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