Goa: A day after several villages in North Goa were inundated following heavy showers and release of water from Tillari dam, rains took a break in the state on Friday, prompting the government to expedite restoration work in the flood-hit region.

Talking to reporters, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said that normalcy would be restored in the flood-hit parts over the next two days.

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"We have taken all the necessary steps for flood relief with all the departments getting involved in the process. The rains have subsided for now, but it will take at least two days to restore normalcy," he said.

Sawant further added that teams of the disaster management authority are working round-the-clock to restore normalcy. But it will take some time to sort things out.

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Around 150 families had been evacuated to safer places in Pernem, Bicholim, Canacona and Bardez tehsils following heavy rains and release of water from Tillari dam on Goa- Maharashtra border, the state government had said on Thursday.

Heavy rains had lashed several parts of Goa, including the state capital Panaji, on Thursday morning. However, rains took a break on Friday. Pramod Sawant said Pernem, Bicholim and Bardez talukas were affected the worst due to the floods.

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According to him, at several places, trees fell down while portion of roads in some parts were washed out. State ports minister Michael Lobo handed over a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the chief minister's relief fund, Sawant said.

He also appealed to the people to similarly come forward to donate, so that it can help the state in carrying out relief work. The India Meteorological Department's (IMD) office on Wednesday predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the coastal state for the next couple of days.

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant had also said that the state government is on "high alert" in view of the forecast of heavy rainfall in the next few days. Fishermen and people had been advised not to venture into the sea.