Heavy rains lashed central and south Gujarat,with Ahmedabad witnessing heavy waterlogging in some areas on Wednesday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall has been predicted till Thursday.
A flood alert was issued for villages in Dahod and Narmada districts after water from adjoining dams was released following heavy rains in the last two days. Coastal Saurashtra too experienced heavy rain while other parts of the region saw overcast skies with passing showers.
The continuous downpour in Maharashtra led Ukai dam authorities to release 1.43 lakh cusecs of more water Wednesday afternoon onwards,while Surat and south Gujarat received moderate rainfall.
The water level in Ukai dam stood at 331.22 feet,while the danger level is 345 feet. The water level in Kakrapar dam was 167.60 metres,while the discharge was 1.38 lakh cusecs. Water level in the Hathnor dam was 209.65 metres,while the danger level is 214 metres and the outflow is 93,793 cusecs.
Surat city received 48 mm rainfall while Valsad,Navsari,Tapi and Dangs districts received moderate rainfall on Wednesday.
Fishermen in Valsad and Navsari were advised to not venture into the sea. The meteorological department has also predicted heavy downpour even as the municipal corporation officials had been kept on alert by the Surat district collector.
Machannala dam in Dahods Jhalod district came close to its overflow level at 277.45 metres. As authorities released water from it,villages situated in the vicinity were put on high alert.
Close to 15,000 cusecs of water was released from Karjan dam in Narmada district. Four of the eight gates of the dam have been left open and 12 villages have been put on high alert, officials said.
An irrigation lake in Vadodaras Savli taluka overflowed following heavy rains but disaster management officials said there was no reason to panic.
There is no situation of panic but the district is likely to receive heavy to very heavy rain in the next 24 hours, he said. Halol taluka in Panchmahal district received heavy rainfall at 718 mm on Wednesday.
In Saurashtra,75 mm rainfall was recorded in coastal Rajula taluka of Amreli district with its neighbouring Jafrabad recording 50 mm.
In Junagadh district,coastal talukas of Sutrapada (44),Veraval (40),Una (36) and Kodinar (32) received heavy rain. Talal taluka,which borders Gir forest,also recorded 26 mm rain. Similarly,Kutiyana in Porbandar registered 10 mm rain.
However,baring Sinhor and Botad in Bhavnagar district,other parts of eight districts in Saurashtra-Rajkot,Junagadh,Porbandar,Amreli,Surendranagar,Jamnagar,Kutch and Bhavnagar,received just passing showers.
Meanwhile,Rajkot remained dry throughout the day. Only Rajkot (7) and Jasdan (4) talukas received noteworthy rain. However,on Tuesday,Kotda Sangani (82) Lodhika (77) and Gondal (50) talukas were lashed by heavy rain.