Flood in Surat

Flood in Surat on September 2013

The city of Surat experiencing flooding on 23rd September as authorities released water from the catchment area of the Ukai Dam to ease the pressure building up behind in dam's reservoir. Authorities released information that the inflow of water into the reservoir of the dam was in the region of 5 Lakh cusecs of water and since the level of water in the reservoir was rising dangerously to the level of 343.13 feet, they had no choice but to release water from the dam.

The release of water from Ukai Dam, resulted in flooding of upto 1 foot of water in some areas of Surat. Local authorities have ordered that all Surat's educational institutions should be closed for a day on Monday. Around 250 residents of flood-prone areas in the city were asked to relocate temporarily. Areas of Surat city which were affected by flooding on Monday include: parts of Ring Road, Bharimata, Kailashnagar, RTO office at Pal, Hodi Bungalow, Kadarshah Ni Nal, Ved Road, and the area around the Swaminarayan Temple at Adajan.

The authorities manning the flow of water at Ukai Dam, said that they will need to continue releasing in excess of 4 lakh cusecs of water if the inflow into the reservior does not come down to less than 3 lakh cusecs. The were of the opinion that this would be unlikely to take place on Monday, since heavy rainfall has been experienced in the catchment areas that feed into the reservoir of the dam.

Flood in Surat

Flood in Surat is a common characteristics of the city as it occurs every year. With the beginning of the month of September, Surat becomes prone to a huge natural disaster - the flood. The climatic records of Surat states the fact that from 1849 itself the city is experiencing yearly flood situations.

As the rainy season starts its journey, Surat and its interior villages transform into a nightmare. The water level of the Ukai reservoir begins to rise with the incessant rains and to control this the governing authorities of the place have to release water in large quantities. This invariably leads to a flood havoc in Surat.

In the year 1998 , the Tapi river dam along with its 22 gates were opened to release water. People of 152 villages which were located by the side of the River were advised to move to safer places and the entire district of Surat had been given the red alert signal. The same scenario prevailed with the passing of each year in Surat.

Recently in the month of August, 2006, Surat flood news came into the front page of every newspaper. According to some estimates more than 200 casualties took place in the 2006 flood of Surat while the whole infrastructure of the city came to a standstill. Schools, colleges, hospitals, offices and other important institutions and organizations of Surat are closed during the floods as it becomes literally impossible to wade through the streets.

Although the Municipal Corporation of the city promises to take effective steps to prevent the gigantic aftermath of flood in Surat, yet the local inhabitants feel that much more needs to be done to assure a safe and secured living condition during the monsoon months.

Last Updated on : 23/09/2013



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