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Panaji, Aug 8: Goa continued battling against the rains for the second day on Tuesday with  water levels in Anjunem dam in north Goa, prompting the state government to sound an alert for those residing in low-lying areas around the dam.

"Water level in Anjunem dam has reached the danger mark and if rain continues it is expected to cross the danger mark soon," Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane said.

The Anjunem dam is located on Goa-Maharashtra border and affects two talukas -- Sattari and Bicholim.

The Chief Minister said the water resources officials, manning the dam, would have to release water in downstream river Valvonti which will lead to flooding of low-lying areas along the bank.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological department officials have predicted heavy showers for the next 24 hours.

The authorities have made arrangements to tackle possible floods and put emergency services in place in two talukas.

"At present there is no question of evacuation as we are warning people in advance," the Chief Minister said.

The Met department recorded 91.6 mm rains in last 24 hours.

"The heavy showers will continue for the next 24 hours as there is a depression in north-west direction," Met Director, K V Singh said.


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