Heavy rainfall for the past few days in Andhra Pradesh and in neighbouring states of Telangana, Odisha has resulted in flash floods in the Godavari river basin in East Godavari and over Vamsadhara in Srikakulam.
The overflowing of river streams and rivulets from upper catchment has resulted in the flooding. District collectors and disaster management authorities are overseeing the safety measures.
Srikakulam District Collector J Nivas and state Minister Darmana Prasada Rao are reviewing the situation from Collectorâ€™s office, while Patapatnam MLA Reddy Shanthi has visited the low-lying areas along with officials.
AP State Disaster Management Department Commissioner is overseeing the flood situation from Emergency Operation Centre. The district and mandal officials concerned have been given instructions with regard to measures that need to be taken.
In the latest bulletin from DSMA officials, a third-level warning is under force at the Gotta barrage as it is receiving 1,11,210 Cusecs inflow against 1,11,210 cusecs outflow, while a second-level warning has been issued at Thotapalli reservoir where it's receiving 55,511 Cusecs inflow against 55,511 Cusecs outflow.
AP disaster management authorities have said that one State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were being deployed in Srikakulam district.
Water level in Godavari river at different locations is rising. It was at 40.185 metres at Chinturu Godavari and at 38.76 metres in Kunavaram.
In Polavaram, the water level was at 38.76 meters, maintaining a rising trend. The latest report said inflow into Godavari at Dowleswaram is continuing to see 11,43,987 cusecs inflow against 11,43,987 cusecs outflow with rising trend. According to officials, first-level warning is continuing.
Over 19,000 people have been shifted from their homes to relief camps in both East and West Godavari districts. Ministers Vishwaroop, Kannababu and Pilli Subash Chandrabose, have visited flood-affected villages in agency area, while state Water Resources Minister Anil Kumar Yadav is monitoring the situation in the district along with officials.
Meanwhile, the government is yet to ascertain the property and crop damage in the region. TDP leader MLC Nara Lokesh, who visited the flood-affected villages in Achanta, Palakole and Narasapuram areas, said that the government has failed to take advance measures to prevent damage. He has asked the government to estimate the crop damage and give compensation immediately.