As many as 1,000 persons have been evacuated as a preventive measure following huge inflow in Vishwamitri river and heavy rainfall in Vadodara district. Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel today held a review meeting to assess the situation arising out of the heavy rainfall and high inflow of water in state dam over the past couple of days. She has put the state administration on alert following the heavy rainfall warning issued by the weather department.
Alert has also been sounded in districts of Surat, Bharuch and Narmada following heavy rainfall over past couple of days. The situation is likely to worsen with incessant rainfall continuing in the catchment area of rivers Narmada, Tapi, Mahi and Vishwamitri coupled with a cyclonic circulation building over the Gujarat region and north eastern Arabian sea.
This is likely to bring moderate to heavy rains in most districts of north, south and east part of Gujarat, besides Saurashtra, Kutch and part of Diu, Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli, in the next couple of days. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad, monsoon was vigorous over Gujarat and rainfall occurred in most places in the state. “Yesterday’s well marked low pressure area over southwest Madhya Pradesh and adjoining area now lies as a low pressure area over west Madhya Pradesh and adjoining east Rajasthan. Associated upper air cyclonic circulation extends up to mid Tropospheric level,” the forecast by the IMD center here said. It further stated that there was build of of a cyclonic circulation over Gujarat and adjoining north east Arabian Sea. As many as nine state highways and 27 panchayati roads have been damaged by the heavy rainfall.
Till morning of September 8, Gujarat had received 79 per cent of season’s rain. However, in the last 24 hours, that is till September 9 morning, the state recorded an average rainfall of 63 mm. This has brought the total rainfall in Gujarat to 87 per cent for the season, a jump of 8 per cent in mere 24 hours.
During the review meeting Patel took stock of the situation of health, road-building, water levels in reservoirs and quantity of waters being released from them, besides electricity and civil supply of foods in the state. All top officials including chief secretary Varesh Sinha and relief commissioner D N Pandey attended the meeting. Patel ordered to the state administration to be on alert to meet any untowardly situation emerging out of the heavy rainfall and also directed the secretaries incharge of various districts to be in constant touch with district administrations.
According to Pandey around 700 persons from the low lying areas of Vadodra have been evacuated as preventive measure. “More people have been rescued from various villages in Vadodara district by team of NDRF (National Disaster Rescue Force) stationed there,” he added. Patel was informed by the state officials that army has been alerted and rescue boats were also made available to meet any marooned situations emerging in Vadodara. Beside this, three teams of NDRF were also put on stand-by there. Work was also initiated to restore electricity supply at 125 flood affected villages. To prevent health hazard, 240 teams have been pressed into service along with sufficient supply of antibiotics and other medicines.
In Surat, alert has been sounded by the district administration as the river Tapi was flowing at 338 feet against rule level of 345 feet. According to the district officials the inflow in the Ukai dam on river Tapi was around 300,000 cusecs and was likely to increase to 400,000 cusecs in the next 24 hours. “We are monitoring the situation on a hourly basis. An alert has been issued in the low laying areas. However, there has been no evacuation as of now,” said Surat district collector Rajendra Kumar.
While in Bharuch Narmada river was flowing at 19-20 meter near the Golden Bridge. The danger level at which the water would enter the low lying areas of the city is 24 meters.
“There is a general alert for the people in low lying areas. They have been advised not to enter into the river. With the constant rainfall in catchment areas of Narmada river we expect the level at Golden Bridge to rise to 22 meters in next 24-35 hours,” said Bharuch district collector Vinod Rao.
The Sardar Sarovar dam over river Narmada which began to overflow yesterday was flowing at 126 metes on Tuesday morning following constant inflow of water from Mandhya Pradesh.
In Vadodara too the river Mahi was flowing near to the rule level and a general alert has been sounded by the district administration.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad stated that monsoon was vigorous over Gujarat and rainfall occurred in most places in the state.
“Yesterday’s well marked low pressure area over southwest Madhya Pradesh and adjoining area now lies as a low pressure area over west Madhya Pradesh and adjoining east Rajasthan. Associated upper air cyclonic circulation extends up to mid Tropospheric level,” the forecast by the IMD center here said. It further stated that there was build of of a cyclonic circulation over Gujarat and adjoining north east Arabian Sea.
Highest rain fall in the last 24 hours was recorded in Halol 271 mm, followed by Bodeli 260 mm, Savli 230 mm, Khambhat 230 mm, Himatanagar 230, Godhra 220 mm, Prantij 220 mm, Idar 22 mm, Quant 210 mm, Lunawada 200 mm, Bhiloda 190 mm, Kankrej 190mm, Anand 180 mm, Patan 180 mm, Sankheda 170 mm, Umerpada 160 mm, Shahera 160 mm, Vadodara 160 mm, Chhota Udepur 160 mm, Siddhpur 160 mm, Nadiad 150 mm, Borsad 150 mm, Madhbun 150 mm, Naswadi 150 mm, Vadgam 150 mm, Kalol 150 mm, Waghodia 150 mm, Jetpur Pavi 150 mm and Kapadvanj 140 mm.