Water level in Vishwamitri river in the city rose sharply owing to heavy rainfall on Friday night, with as many as 725 people being relocated to higher places after low-lying areas got inundated.
District’s flood control officials said the level of Vishwamitri was only slightly below the danger mark at 25.9 feet. With the river water rising by 7 feet overnight, the people had to be relocated to safer areas. River water gushed into low-lying areas in five wards of the city, numbered 2, 6, 7 and 8. On getting information of the rising water level, the district administration and fire department officials rushed to relocate them to higher places.
Fire department officials had to carry out rescue operations at Akota and Koteshwar, after dozens of people got trapped due to sudden surge in water level. At least two dozen people living in slums near Akota were surrounded by water from the river. Fire personnel had to carry them to the safer areas on rafts and boats. People living in the Kasa Apartment also had to be rescued after being trapped in the low-lying area in Koteshwar.
The district administration accommodated as many as 250 people in a government school in Varasiya, while 550 others were shifted to Magan Shankar School. Seventy more had to be shifted to Pensionpura, 30 in Laxmibai School, and 25 in Jyotipark School.
“We kept getting calls from people trapped due to the sudden rise in river water in areas like Danteshwar and Koteshwar. Other than a house collapse, no major mishaps were reported here,” fire department officials said.