Gujarat Flood: The surge in water levels in the Narmada River led to extensive flooding in low-lying areas of the district. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad received 76 mm of rain within a span of 12 hours.
Gujarat grappled with heavy rainfall on Sunday with flooding in numerous areas necessitating the evacuation of 9,600 people to safety. Additionally, 207 individuals were successfully rescued in five districts as the Narmada and other rivers surged due to the deluge. Ahmedabad, in particular, bore the brunt of the torrential downpour, receiving 76 mm of rain within a span of 12 hours, culminating at 6 pm on Sunday, news agency PTI reported. The excessive rainfall disrupted normal life, prompting authorities to block underpasses as a precautionary measure due to the waterlogged streets.
As per DD News Gujarati, the NDRF rescued four people stranded due to the overflowing Panam river near Uchwan in Devgarh Bariya taluka of Dahod district following heavy rains.
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The surge in water levels in the Narmada River, emanating from the release of substantial amounts of water from the Sardar Sarovar dam (SSD), compounded by heavy rainfall in the catchment regions of Madhya Pradesh, led to extensive flooding in low-lying areas of Narmada district.
The aftermath of the flooding caused the relocation of 9,613 flood-affected individuals to safer locations. Bharuch registered the largest group of evacuees, totaling 5,744, followed by 2,317 in Narmada, 1,462 in Vadodara, 20 in Dahod, and 70 in Panchmahal, PTI reported.
Notably, those shifted to safer areas involved residents from 28 affected villages, as well as individuals in proximity to the world’s tallest monument, the Statue of Unity, situated in Narmada district.
The swelling Narmada River triggered flooding in parts of Vadodara and Bharuch districts situated along the riverbanks, as per PTI’s report
Apart from the Narmada, rain caused rivers such as Orsang, Heran, Mahi, Meshri, and Panam to swell due to heavy rain coupled with dam water releases, resulting in the inundation of low-lying villages.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has raised a red alert for Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Banaskantha, and Sabarkantha districts, forecasting isolated, extremely heavy rainfall until Tuesday morning. The IMD also anticipates isolated instances of heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gujarat through Thursday morning.
Shweta Teotia, the Narmada collector, reported that rescue efforts are underway, with close oversight from the administration in response to the dam’s water release.