The Narmada Dam,which had reached a record 131.10 meters on Saturday,following heavy rainfall in MP and other regions,receded to 130.79 meters on Sunday afternoon. Officials said the water in the dam has been steadily reducing by 6cm every hour due to pause in overnight rain. However,as the water still remains above the danger mark of 121.9 metres,the flood alert is still on.
The flood alert sounded in over 40 villages,facing danger due to their close proximity to the river,however,continues to be in place. Officials of the disaster management department said that the warning will continue to be in place until the water recedes to the normal level. About 5,000 villagers,who were evacuated to safer locations,have not been allowed to return to their homes.
The rise in the water level in the dam had forced authorities of the Omkareshwar dam to release 12.8 lakh cusec water on Friday night. On Sunday,the Bharuch administration shut the Golden Bridge on the Narmada river,which connects Bharuch to Ankleshwar,as the water level breached the danger level of 7.31 metres,to touch 10.21 metres.
Vadodara district collectorate has evacuated 1,000 people from Chandod,Karnali and Juna Mandva villages after the floods hit their homes and livelihood.
The officials will monitor the rainfall in other parts of the state and decide if the villagers can be moved back to their homes.