Bharuch, a city in Gujarat, is currently grappling with severe flooding caused by continuous heavy rainfall. The incessant downpours have led to rising water levels and widespread inundation in various parts of the city. In response to the flooding, which was exacerbated by the release of water from the Narmada Dam, the Narmada district administration has taken precautionary measures. As a safety measure, schools and colleges in the area have been ordered to remain closed on Monday.
The rising water levels in the Narmada River had earlier prompted alerts in several villages spanning the districts of Narmada, Bharuch, and Vadodara. To address the surge in water levels in the Narmada River, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been deployed in the district. The Narmada Corporation is also actively working to manage the dam's water level and minimize the impact of the floods.
On Sunday, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) successfully conducted a rescue operation in Bharuch district, rescuing 105 individuals who were stranded in low-lying areas, specifically in Nikora Village.
The situation remains critical as 23 out of 30 gates of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam in Kevadia Colony were opened to release 5.5 lakh cusecs of water on Saturday.
Amid concerns about potential further water release from the Narmada Dam, the Narmada district administration has urged residents in low-lying areas along the banks of the Narmada River, including the villages of Dabhoi, Shinor, and Karjan tehsil, to evacuate to safer locations.
Indian army rescues 12 stranded on Narmada river island
In a remarkable joint effort, the Indian Army, in collaboration with local villagers, successfully rescued twelve individuals, including a revered saint, who had been marooned on Vyas Bet, a small island located in the Narmada River. Their predicament began on September 16 when heavy rainfall and subsequent waterlogging left them stranded.
The daring rescue operation unfolded on September 17 and involved Army personnel embarking on a reconnaissance mission to pinpoint the most suitable location for the rescue mission. Launching boats from the banks of the Narmada River, these skilled rescuers managed to navigate challenging conditions and safely transport the stranded individuals back to the mainland.
Among those rescued were women, senior citizens, and children, all of whom had been enduring the ordeal since the onset of the flooding. Immediate medical assistance was provided to the rescued individuals, who are part of a priestly family associated with a local temple in the region.