Heavy rainfall prompts a flood alert along the Tapi River in Gujarat, leading to school closures in Rajasthan’s Jalore district.

In response to heavy rainfall in Gujarat, authorities have undertaken precautionary measures to manage the rising water levels in the state’s prominent dams. Both the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River and the Ukai Dam over the Tapi River have experienced significant water releases due to incessant rains, raising concerns about potential flooding in low-lying areas.

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This surge in water levels led to the isolation of several villages, with rivers like Narmada and others flowing at their full capacity. As a result, authorities evacuated 9,600 individuals to safety and conducted the rescue of 207 others across five districts. Additionally, rivers such as Orsang, Heran, Mahi, Meshri, and Panam have swollen due to the combination of heavy rain and water releases from various dams.

In particular, the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat witnessed a substantial reduction in water levels, as approximately 10 lakh cusecs of water were released by opening 23 dam gates in response to heavy regional rainfall. This release occurred as the dam reached its full reservoir level (FRL) of 138.68 meters for the first time this monsoon season.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for multiple districts, including Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Banaskantha, and Sabarkantha, predicting isolated extremely heavy rainfall until Tuesday morning. The IMD forecast also warned of isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gujarat until Thursday morning.

In efforts to manage rising water levels and mitigate potential downstream flooding, the Ukai Dam, situated on the Tapi River, opened 15 gates, releasing a staggering 1 lakh 98 thousand cusecs of water. PG Vasava, the executive engineer of Ukai Dam, explained that more than four lakh cusecs of water had been received due to heavy rains over the past two days, prompting this release. Several villages along the Tapi River were placed on alert due to these actions.

The heavy rainfall resulted in a flood-like situation in various parts of Bharuch, where residents in low-lying areas found themselves stranded due to rising water levels. To address this situation, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was deployed to conduct rescue operations and provide assistance to affected residents.

In neighboring Rajasthan’s Jalore district, heavy rainfall prompted the District Education Officer to issue an advisory directing the closure of all schools and anganwadis due to the inclement weather. The closure was implemented on September 18 in response to the rainy conditions.

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