The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next five days in many parts of South Gujarat. Random extremely heavy showers are also a big possibility. Districts of Dang, Navsari, and Valsad will be badly hit, the department has said.
Torrential rains continue to hit several parts of the state, leading to rising water levels of rivers and the overflowing of dams. Many low-lying regions are facing flood-like situations and others are at risk of the same. As such, more than 700 people were shifted to safer places in Navsari and Valsad districts, IMD said.
Furthermore, Dharampur taluka in Valsad district received 216 mm of rainfall till Sunday morning. Some areas of Valsad are having flood-like situations after Orsang river level rose significantly. The officials have evacuated at least 400 people from this area. Meanwhile, Vansda in Navsari received 213 mm rainfall.
The two districts were lashed by extremely heavy rains yesterday, and so the authorities were on alert for the predicted overflowing of Kaveri and Ambika rivers. “The Kaveri and Ambika rivers in Navsari district are flowing above the danger mark. We are carrying out evacuation from low-lying areas. So far, over 300 people have been shifted to safer places and the operation is continuing with the help of a company of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF),” district Collector Amit Prakash Yadav said.
Besides this, Chhota Udepur and Narmada districts also witnessed very heavy rainfall, with rivers overflowing and low-lying areas getting flooded, the officials said. Parts of Dang and Tapi districts also witnessed major downpours.
Nevertheless, today, there was some relief in Valsad and the water level receded.