Nearly 1,850 people evacuated in Surat and Tapi as floods hit state

Nearly 1,850 people evacuated in Surat and Tapi as floods hit state

By | Sep 24, 2013


Heavy downpour in south Gujarat since Sunday led to the evacuation of over 1,700 people from Surat city and district while over 150 people in Tapi district have been shifted after water entered their houses. No casualties had been reported till evening. The weather department has forecast more rain and advised fishermen not to venture deep into the sea.

In Tapi district, the rainfall in different talukas in the last 24 hours was as follow: Valod (30 mm), Vyara (97 mm), Songadh (102 mm), Uchhal (46 mm), and Nizar (10 mm). In Navsari district, the rainfall were: Navsari town (42 mm), Jalalpore (39 mm), Gandevi (80 mm), Chikhli (107 mm), Vansda (252 mm). In Dangs district, Ahwa got 130 mm, Vaghai 270 mm and Saputara 70 mm.

Surat city and district received moderate rainfall. While Surat city had received 10 mm rainfall since Sunday, Umarpada taluka got 90 mm of rain. Tapi district collector Ranjeet Kumar said, “Hundreds of people had been shifted to district panchayat schools from different villages in Jamapur, Waghmeda and Sadgavan villages. We have done the rescue operation as a precautionary measure.”

The water level in Ukai dam hit 343.27 feet at 7 pm on Monday evening while the inflow was 4.51 lakhs cusecs and outflow to Tapi river was 4.33 lakh cusecs. The dam’s alert level is 342.48 feet and its danger level 345 feet.

Ukai dam authorities said that all the 22 gates of the dam had been opened for the discharge of water received from upper catchment areas. The rain water discharge from Hatnur dam was 92,422 cusecs on Monday and it was expected to reach Ukai dam in 24 hours.

The causeway on Tapi river, joining Singhanpore area to Rander in Surat, had been closed due to the overflow of rainwater. Surat District Collector Jayprakash Shivhare said, “We are regularly monitoring the water level and the inflow into the Ukai reservoir. We are taking appropriate steps in terms of discharge of water. We have found that the inflow into the Ukai dam is gradually reducing the discharge. At 1 am on Monday, the inflow into the Ukai dam was 7 lakh cusecs, but later there was a reduction of 3 lakh cusecs. We will continue discharging 4.33 lakh cusecs of rainwater from Ukai dam. There was seepage in the protection wall on the banks of Tapi river at Rander area. We fixed it and the problems was overcome.”

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