Heavy rain in Gujarat

Heavy rain continued to lash various parts of Gujarat on Tuesday, especially the central part of the state, forcing evacuation of people, especially from low-lying areas. Evacuations were done as the Narmada dam in the Vadodara region was flowing above the danger level.

Speaking about the situation in Vadodara and central Gujarat, District Collector Vinod Rao said, “Due to heavy rain, especially in the catchment areas, the Narmada dam has been flowing above the danger level, at 126.2 m.”

Rao said that it was due to the overflowing of the dam  that the people residing in low-lying areas had to be evacuated. “The number of people evacuated so far from low-lying areas is 2,500. They have been shifted to safe places,” said Rao.

Officials in the district collectorate added that officials from the National Disaster Response Force, fire brigade and the collectorate itself have been working round-the-clock to shift people from the districts of Chotaudepur, Sankheda, Bodeli and Pavi Jetpur, where there an alert has been sounded due to the overflowing of the Orsong river.

Officials pointed out that the Kawant taluk in central Gujarat, which generally receives an annual rainfall of  800 mm, has received a rainfall of 450mm in a single day.

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