Godavari flows above danger mark

Godavari flows above danger mark
ITDA Project Officer Pamela Satpathy inspecting flood-level at Bhadrachalam in Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Tuesday.
BHADRADRI, Aug 22 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/22/2018 12:12:41 PM IST

As the Godavari continued to flow over the second flood warning level of 48 feet and inched towards the danger mark of 53 feet at Bhadrachalam on Tuesday night, the official machinery has been put on high alert in the flood-prone areas spread in seven mandals of the district.

The water level of the river crossed the second warning mark of 48 feet at 4 pm, prompting the authorities to issue the flood alert all along the course of the river in Charla, Dummugudem, Bhadrachalam, Pinapaka, Manuguru, Aswapuram and Burgampadu mandals.

With the release of huge volume of flood waters from Taliperu and other dams in upstream areas, the water level of the river is likely to cross the danger mark on Wednesday morning, official sources said, quoting the Meteorological Department data.

The officials have deputed additional staff at the flood control room (08743-232444) to constantly monitor the situation arising out of the flood threat.

Sectoral officers have been deputed to monitor the flood control measures and the personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been kept on the standby to tackle any exigency, official sources added. The bathing ghats along the river banks remained submerged and the low-lying areas abutting the flood bank (karakatta) faced the risk of water-logging.

Meanwhile, Minister for Roads and Buildings T Nageswara Rao asked the district administration to remain vigilant, make all arrangements to swiftly shift people living in flood-prone areas to relief centres and carry out relief and rescue operations in the event of floods.

Second flood alert was retained at the Dowleswaram barrage for the second consecutive day on Tuesday with the water level in the Godavari touching 14.7 feet and the irrigation officials discharging 14.3 lakh cusecs into the Bay of Bengal.

Since the inflows are steady and water from the Sabari and other rivers continues to reach the Godavari, the irrigation officials estimate the situation to remain the same for one more day. Incessant rains are contributing to the increase in the water levels.

Officials of the revenue and police departments from East and West Godavari districts are on high alert. They are focusing on shifting people in the flood-prone areas to safer places.

Paddy fields in thousands of hectares have been inundated in both the districts. The loss caused to roads and bridges is yet to be assessed. According to official statistics, 3,175 people have been shifted to 32 relief camps arranged in different parts of East Godavari district. Crops in an extent of 17,000 hectares have been badly hit.

Tribal mandals such as Maredumilli, Chintooru and Vara Ramachandrapuram are the worst-affected with roads and bridges bearing the brunt. A few tribal hamlets still remain cut off from the rest of the world.

In West Godavari district, Jalleru, Erra Kaluva and Kolleru are in spate. Standing crops in hundreds of hectares have been inundated.

Chodavaram village is under a sheet of water, rendering about 5,000 people homeless. Kolleru resembles a sea with the floodwaters joining the lake.

There is no transportation to the island villages.

SP M. Ravi Prakash inspected the Gundugolanu-Kovvuru road near Ananthapalli, which was under a sheet of water. He advised people not to travel by two-wheelers. He also inspected the flood-affected Chodavaram and Gundepalli villages, where a bridge across an agriculture canal was washed away, and monitored the relief activities.


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