North Goa collector R Meneka on Saturday visited flood-affected areas of Amona and Sal and took stock of the situation. Bicholim mamlatdar Pandit, Sitaram naik, assistant engineer of PWD buildings, sarpanch, panch members were present during the collector’s visit.
The collector directed the mamlatdar to conduct assessment of the losses incurred by the people and submit the claims for granting of compensation.
As per information, around 90 houses from the taluka have suffered damages mostly due to tree fall incidents. The preliminary estimated loss has been put at Rs 1 crore including agricultural losses.
The electricity department has also suffered losses due to collapse of electricity poles, snapping of wires and damages to other material.
After almost a week of heavy rainfall, people from Bicholim taluka on Saturday woke up to a sunny day. Several areas of Bicholim witnessed a humid weather. However, there was a bout of light rainfall late in the evening. Valvanti river of Sankhali, Bicholim river and Chapora river witnessed a drop in water levels.
In the evening, the Bicholim river water level was 2.10 metres while Valvanti was flowing at 1.5 metre-level. Anjunem dam water level was at 91.87 metres and 8.11 cusecs of water was released through its two gates.
Sal, Bagwada-Piligaon, Mencurem, Dhumase and Amona villages have been hit by flooding. There were incidents of water entering some houses and people were rescued from waterlogged areas by disaster management team along with assistance of fire and police personnel during the days of heavy rains.
Altogether, 49 villagers were rescued including 25 from Sal, 7 from Mencurem, 7 from Amona and 10 from Bagwada-Piligaon. They were shifted to safer places and provided food packages.
Meanwhile, Bicholim and Sankhali areas are facing shortage of milk, vegetables and other eatables.
Meanwhile, with Sal village witnessing flooding due to incessant rains in the past few days, fear over outbreak of water-borne diseases is looming and in this view, Bicholim health centre team visited Sal village and examined people and disbursed required medicines. Fogging was also carried out in waterlogged pockets.
The health team, led by health officer Dr Medha Salkar, has been working for the last two days to help the villagers. Sarpanch Meghashyam Raut has also provided his assistance to the affected villagers.
Free medicines were distributed to prevent people from falling ill to water-borne diseases and fogging has been done in low-lying areas, it was stated.
The villagers have been asked to contact the primary health centre in case of any illness.