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Flood Like Situation in Goa After Rivers Rise in Spate Due to Heavy Rains

Parts of Maharashtra ad Goa have received heavy rains in the past 48 hours that have affected day-to-day lives. Ratnagiri and Raigad districts in Maharashtra is also experiencing heavy floods. The Konkan Railways stopped its services due to the rise in water levels in the rivers.

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New Delhi: Sattari and Bicholim tehsils in north Goa and Dharbandora in south Goa are experiencing a flood like situation after several houses got inundated by rising water levels in rivers following heavy rains. officials said on Friday. They added that so far no human causality was reported.

“At least 100 houses in Sattari tehsil have been under water since Thursday night as the water level of the Mahadayi river increased due to incessant rains that has been lashing the state since over a week now,” a senior official told PTI.

“There were no fatalities, but a flood-like situation exists. Those people whose houses have gone completely under water have shifted to safer places on their own,” he said.

Goa CM Dr Pramod Sawant inspecting the flood like situation in Bicholim tehsil (Source: Dr Pramod Sawant Twitter)

Several villages near the town of V alpoi in Sattari district are experiencing flood like situation.

Due to the rise in water levels these villages are physically cut-off as roads are submerged.

Goa Chief Minister Dr Pramod Swant visited the Bicholim areas to take stock of the situation on Friday.

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“Chief Minister @DrPramodPSawant inspected the areas flooded due to incessant rains in various parts of Bicholim Taluka today. CM directed the officials to provide immediate assistance to people in distress. 23 people in Harvalem have been rescued and brought to safety,” read a tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office.

Valpoi MLA and state minister Vishwajit Rane said on Twitter, “Due to continuous and heavy rainfall, Mhadei (Mahadayi) has been overflowing. Water has entered different parts of Valpoi. Necessary directions have been issued to the collectors to have the Disaster Management team stationed at Sattari & Usgao.”

 “Water has entered their houses causing a lot of damage. It is very important for us to ensure our people’s safety. With the intervention of the Disaster Management Team, they will be shifted to safer locations,” he added in another tweet.

Valvanti and Sakhali rivers are overflowing and have crossed the danger mark near the Sankhalim town in Bicholim tehsil, officials informed.

People residing in Harvalem village and nearby areas in Bicholim have been asked to stay on alert and vacet if the situation gets worse.

A similar situation is seen in and around Mollem village in South Goa’s Dharbandora tehsil. Official sources said that Sangod village in Mollem is facing a flood-like situation, where water has entered to the houses and roads are flooded.

Goa CM Dr Pramod Sawant inspecting the flood like situation in Bicholim tehsil (Source: Dr Pramod Sawant Twitter)

On Thursday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a warning that a circulation in the Bay of Bengal is likely to trigger a low-pressure area that will cause more rainfall in Goa.

Till Wednesday, the coastal state had received 1,998.3 mm rainfall during the ongoing monsoon season as against the average of 1,612.7 mm for the corresponding period.

The state fisheries department has already issued a warning to local fishermen, asking them not to venture out into the sea due to gusty winds.