Nearly 60 families had to be shifted after the water level in river Talpona at Canacona in South Goa rose unexpectedly due to the heavy rains upstream.

The district administration swung into action after villagers raised an alarm over the increasing level of water in the river at Canacona, about 100 kms from here, last night.

“The government machinery, including the fire and the emergency services, were pressed into action. At least 60 families living on the banks of river Talpona were asked to shift fearing flood in the night,” a senior official of the district administration said.

Heavy rain occurred in Gaodongrim and Kotigao areas of Canacona taluka with water almost touching the highest level of the bridge at Bhatpal village, which connects Goa with Karnataka, he said.

The water receded in the early hours today, he said, adding that the situation was now under control.

Notably, the Canacona taluka had witnessed a devastating flood in October 2009 in which nearly 250 houses collapsed and about 400 were damaged leaving several people homeless.