Two days after a flood warning was issued for the Godavari river basin, water levels in reservoirs have started to fall, bringing respite for people in low-lying regions.
Water levels have begun to fall at the Polavaram reservoir in East Godavari district while the levels in Dowleswaram barrage are now steady, according to a press release by the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA), as of 7 am on Tuesday.
According to The New Indian Express, 44 villages in West Godavari district and 87 villages in East Godavari district were flooded on Monday.
A first-level warning continued at Bhadrachalam in Telangana, though the water level was falling there as well. Although the levels in Dowleswaram are steady, the second-level warning continued, with outflows of more than 15 lakhs cusecs. The water level was falling at Kunavaram too.
The APSDMA has continued to station 167 personnel of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in East Godavari. While two teams are located in Veeravaram, one team is in place in Chinturu, and 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.
Meanwhile in the Krishna river basin, with the Pulichintala reservoir reaching FRL (full reservoir level) on Monday, Prakasam Barrage authorities have been instructed to be prepared to handle the release of additional water, according to TOI. Krishna District Collector Md Imtiaz has reportedly instructed officials to inform people downstream of the Prakasam Barrage about the possibility of floods.
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.