Vadodara city breathed a sigh of relief on Monday after the swelling Vishwamitri river began to recede from the danger mark of 22 feet. According to officials,the river recorded a level of 19 feet on Monday evening,down from the 22.3 feet mark that caused panic on Sunday.
However,those evacuated from low-lying areas of the city continued to remain in relief centres.
According to officials of VMCs disaster management team,the flood alert sounded on Sunday,after the water levels in reservoirs of Ajwa and Pratappura touched the danger mark,was withdrawn on Monday. The dwindling rainfall received on Sunday night helped bring things under control.
Hitesh Taparia,Chief Fire Officer,said,The alert was sounded because the river reached 22.3 feet and at 24 feet it begins to flood parts of the city. However,today,the level has come down to 19 feet. This is also because water is receding from the Dhadar river,which receives the tributary of Vishwamitri. The reservoirs in Ajwa and Pratappura also saw less rainfall on Sunday and so the load has been taken off from Vishwamitri.
Till Sunday afternoon,the VMC had evacuated nearly 425 residents from along the railway track in Sayajigunj and other low-lying areas. Of these,300 people are still in the flood relief camps. Narendra Vasava,officer of the Disaster Management team of the VMC,said,We need to ensure the water recedes totally before shifting them to their areas. We will watch the rainfall for one more day. If the rains continue to lie low for the night,they will be taken back.