Heavy rains in Gujarat raise water level in dams and farmers’ hopes

In Saurashtra, entire Bhavnagar district recorded average 127 mm or more rain in the last 36 hours, concluding at 8 pm Monday.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Published:September 20, 2016 4:06 am

HEAVY RAINS continued in parts of Saurashtra and south Gujarat, including Surat city, for the second consecutive day on Monday, bringing cheers to farmers who otherwise were staring at low yields due to lack of rain and irrigation water. Following the heavy rains, some dams in Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions got fresh inflow.

In Saurashtra, entire Bhavnagar district recorded average 127 mm or more rain in the last 36 hours, concluding at 8 pm Monday. Mahuva with 254 mm registered the highest rainfall in the district. Talaja and Vallabhipur each recorded 203.2 mm, while Bhavnagar city and taluka was lashed by 152.4 mm rain.

Rajkot district also received heavy rain, with Dhoraji, Jetpur and Upleta talukas recording 127 mm precipitation. Moderate to heavy rains were also recorded in Junagadh, Gir-Somnath and Porbandar districts. Other districts like Botad, Devbhoomi-Dwarka, Jamnagar and Surendrangar received moderate rain showers.

Morbi district, which is carrying 40 per cent rain deficit this season, also received good spell of rainfall towards the fag-end of monsoon.
In south Gujarat, the rainfall in different talukas of Surat district are Bardoli 55 mm, Choryasi 57 mm, Mahuva 45 mm, Kamrej 30 mm, Mandvi 40 mm, Mangrol 57 mm, Olpad 26 mm, Umarpada 15 mm and Surat city 80 mm. The rainfall measured in different talukas of Navsari district are Navsari town 70 mm, Jalalpore 60 mm, Gandevi and Vansda 10 mm, Chikhli and Kherma 5 mm.

Following the heavy rains, Shetrunji dam of Bhavnagar, the largest reservoir in Saurashtra received fresh inflow of water. Malan dam in Mahuva taluka of Bhavnagar overflew following very heavy rain in its catchment area.

Similarly, water was released from Dhatarvadi-II dam near Rajula in Amreli on Monday to maintain rule level even as level of Dhatarvadi-I also rose. Fresh inflow was recorded in other dams like Bhadhar-II in Rajkot and Khodiyar and Thebi dams in Amreli.

While the latest spell of rain has partially allayed fears of low yield of Kharif crops, Saurashtra region as a whole is still facing around 20 rain deficit. Due to pattern of rainfall this season, major irrigation dams do not have much water till date.

In south Gujarat, Ukai dam, the only source of water for Surat, received has started receiving 64,000 cusecs of rainwater from its catchment areas in Maharashtra forcing the dam authorities to discharge 800 cusecs of water. The water level in the Ukai dam has reached to 335.57 feet while the danger level of the dam is 345 feet.

Many low-lying areas in Surat city were inundated with rain waters. The Tapi river was also flowing bank to bank. The Surat Municipal Corporation authorities have closed weir-cum-causeway as a precautionary measure.