Water levels continued to rise at the Polavaram and Dowleswaram barrages in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district on Monday morning, due to heavy rains upstream in the catchment area of the Godavari basin.
According to a press release by the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), as of 7 am on Monday, the second-level warning continued at Bhadrachalam in Telangana, though the water level was falling.
At Kunavaram, the water level was steady, while at Polavaram and Dowleswaram, the water levels continued to rise, resulting in the second-level warning continuing to be in place.
The APSDMA said that the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) had deployed 167 personnel in East Godavari. While two teams are located in Veeravaram, one team is in place in Chinturu, while another was deployed to Rajahmahendravaram. They are equipped with life jackets, boats and other rescue material to avoid any untoward incidents.
30 personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also been deployed, with one team stationed in Rampachodavaram, besides 90 personnel of the Fire department, stationed at their respective location on stand by.
Earlier in August, heavy rains in the catchment area of the Godavari basin had led to flash floods in East and West Godavari districts, resulting in water rising in the Dowleswaram barrage. The floods had reportedly affected nearly one lakh people in the East and West Godavari districts and officials had stated that 19,000 were evacuated from low-lying areas and shifted to relief camps at the time.
The YSRCP government had claimed that it was the previous Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) governmentâ€™s move to construct a cofferdam and increase its height, without completing work on the spillway, which led to the flooding.