Heavy rain lashed Goa on Friday, throwing normal life out of gear. Several low-lying areas were inundated, disrupting traffic in the capital and on the outskirts.

Continuous downpour in the cities, including Panaji, Mapusa, Vasco and Margao, led to traffic congestion and flooding as water entered houses in low-lying areas. Major rivers were flowing close to the danger mark, official sources said.

A bridge connecting south Goa to Margao city at Paroda in Quepem taluka was submerged leading to disruption of traffic. Eyewitnesses said since the bridge went under water, two-wheelers were prohibited from crossing it.

More rain forecast

A senior India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said the State will continue to witness heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.

The weather office has advised people to avoid outdoor activity unless necessary. The IMD also warned of fishermen not to venture into the sea till further alerts.

Reports coming in from different parts of the State suggested that several trees and power lines have been uprooted and many low lying areas inundated.

Families evacuated

The State government has set up an emergency 24X7 control room. District administration, police and fire brigade were pressed into service by the government to reach out to people with rescue services.

The North Goa District administration has already shifted some families living in low lying areas in the vicinity of Anjunem dam In Sattari in North Goa after the water levels in the reservoir reached danger level by Friday evening. The South Goa District Disaster Management Authority has set up control rooms in all taluk of the district.

(With PTI inputs)

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