GUJARAT, SEPTEMBER 7, 2006
Heavy rains are causing dams in North and Central Gujarat to fill rapidly. The level in the Narmada Dam has risen to 124 meters, five meters above danger level. The water level has been above the reservoir’s planned capacity for over a month, but the latest inrush of water from the catchment area is unusually heavy.
In Gujarat state 77 dams are brimming over while 114 are on high alert as they are full to more than 90 percent of their capacity.
The Kadana Dam on the Mahisagar river is near its danger level of 127.71 meters and is discharging large volumes of water, causing downstream villages to be put on flood alert.
On the river Sabarmati in northern Gujarat, the Dharoi Dam is just four meters below the danger mark of 192.25 meters.