Panaji: Parts of Goa along the Mandovi River were flooded after torrential rains on Thursday and the early hours of Friday. As per the District Administration in both North and South Goa, people were evacuated and moved to safer places as houses and roads were submerged in water at the Sattari and Ponda talukas.
Goa Chief Minister visited the inundated areas of Harvalem, Kudnem, Gauthan, Sal and Colvale in the Bicholim taluka in North Goa on Friday morning. According to government officials, 23 people at Harvalem were rescued and moved to safety. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Goa, six of the 13 rain gauge stations in the state recorded rainfall of more than 100 mm in the last 24 hours. South Goa recorded rainfall of 213 mm and North Goa 178.2 mm.
Parts of Valpoi in the Sattari taluka were also heavily flooded due to incessant rainfall. Goa Health Minister and Valpoi MLA Vishwajit Rane, who also visited the inundated parts of Sattari, wading through knee-deep water, said in a post on social media on Friday, “We have been awake the whole night getting in touch with our people, workers and supporters. Necessary directions have been issued to the collectors to have the district Management team stationed at Sattari and Usgaon. Water has entered their houses causing a lot of damage. We need to ensure our people’s safety. With the intervention of the disaster management team, they will be shifted to safer locations.”
As said by the North Goa District Administration, villages in Sanquelim and Valpoi were adversely affected due to heavy rains and about six old and traditional houses in Bhironda in the Sattari taluka collapsed but no damage or injury to anyone was reported. Ajit Roy, Collector, North Goa said, “Two bridges have been partially submerged. Water is expected to recede in three-four hours. The water resources department team is on the site to ensure that people avoid these roads and bridges and everybody remains safe.”
In South Goa, the district administration said that there had been flooding and waterlogging in areas including Usgaon, Mardol in Ponda and Sangod in Mollem. “We are currently coordinating with all agencies for evacuation including the fire department and coast guard. The people are safe,” said Ruchika Katyal, collector of South Goa.
The IMD had issued a ‘red alert’ with extremely heavy rainfall warning on Thursday and a warning was issued yet again on Friday afternoon regarding the same in parts of Goa (exceeding 20 cm in 24 hours). The weather department also warned of the possibility of flash floods in the Ghat areas and advised monitoring of areas prone to flooding, landslides and water levels of rivers in the state.