About 115 villages in Vadodara have been put on a high alert,after waters from Narmada and Kadana dams that were released on Friday morning posed a flood threat. The alert was issued by the disaster management for coastal villages that have been under water because of heavy overnight rain. The overflowing 6 lakh cusec water from the Narmada river has put about 26 villages around the river at risk. On the other hand,about 1.5 lakh cusec water from the swelling Mahisagar river has been released,putting about 39 villages at risk of being flooded.
The water released from the Dev dam has filled up the Dhadar river that receives water from Vishwamitri as well that flows through Vadodara city. However,the city administration is at present unperturbed as the level of Vishwamitri is still low. Chief Fire Officer Hitesh Taparia says,The level in Vishwamitri is nine feet. We are on our guard. However,there is nothing to worry about. The fear of overflowing water comes only when the level breaches the 22-feet mark.
Meanwhile,disaster management officers have kept relief arrangement on stand-by,should the 115 villages around the rivers in the district get dunked under water. We have already warned villagers to move out with their belongings to safer areas,located higher up in these villages,like schools and other such places, an officer said. We will send relief if necessary. We can only hope that water levels remain under control so that the situation does not get any worse.