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Sardar Sarovar Dam Overflows, 3000 People Evacuated As A Precaution

Written By Priyanka Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Almost 3000 people from low lying areas of Bharuch were shifted to rescue camps and higher-level areas
  • According to the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam limited officials, over 6.42 lakh cusec of water has been released into the river
  • The dam's water level is still 136.50 METERS which is still 1.50 METERS short of the highest level of 138 METERS

Almost 3000 people from low lying areas of Bharuch were shifted to rescue camps and higher-level areas. This was done to prevent any untoward incident since the water level rose to 31 ft which is 3 ft above the danger mark of 28 ft. This is happening due to the discharge from the Sardar Sarovar dam. As heavy rains continue to lash out in Gujarat, the water is rising. There are at least 22 villages that have been completely evacuated due to the water level rise. Since these villages were also located in various low lying areas of the district.

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6.42 lakh cusec of water released 

According to the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam limited officials, over 6.42 lakh cusec of water has been released into the river. This has happened after 23 out of 30 gates have been opened to release the overflowing water from the dam. The dam's water level is still 136.50 METERS, which is still 1.50 METERS short of the highest level of 138 METERS. While the evacuation of so many people from such villages has been precautionary, there is an alert of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the state of Gujarat which will aggravate the water level even more.

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Highest level of rainfall in the past 6 years

However, on a more positive note, the met department has shared data which noted that this is the highest level of rainfall of 114% that Gujarat has received in the past 6 years. The last time it was 148% in 2013. They've also shared that this time the rainfall was evenly distributed in North, South, Saurashtra and Central parts of the state. The areas like Kutch which receive very little to no rainfall have recorded as good rainfall. This, the government has claimed will also be a great factor in boosting state agriculture.

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