The Indian Meteorology Department in Hyderabad has stated that the next 24 hours will see heavy rains in various regions of both AP and Telangana.

Heavy rains predicted in Telangana and AP barrages see heavy inflowImage: Charan Teja
news Rains Monday, August 20, 2018 - 20:39

Given the continuous heavy rainfall in the both states Krishna and Godavari basins are seeing heavy inflow of water leading the officials to release heavy outflows in balancing measure at Prakasham (Krishna river) and Dowleshwaram (Godavari river) barrages.

The respite rains hitting both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are due to forming of a low pressure belt in the Bay of Bengal which has now turned into a depression, causing the rains in the coastal regions.

The tireless rains across the states have triggered a heavy inflow of 1.50 lakh cusecs of water into the Prakasham barrage. Officials have stated that they are balancing the inflow and outflow as per the situation.

According to the Krishna district Collector barrage is expected to receive its highest inflow of 1.60 lakh cusecs by Monday night.

Speaking to TNM Krishna district Collector Lakshmi Kantham said, “We are maintaining a water level of 11.7 feet while releasing outflow of 1.50 lakh cusecs from the inflow of 1.50 to 1.60 lakh cusecs.”

The also Collector said that all the required State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA) and National Disaster Rescue Forces (NDRF) teams and Revenue officials were on board in case of urgency and also added that seven persons were rescued at Veerulapadu and Nandigama regions.

Believing the situation is under control Lakshmi Kantham said, “There is nothing alarming as per the latest reports. The system (low pressure) is tilting towards Odisa and West Bengal and if evacuation is necessary we will take up the steps in that direction.”

The reports also suggest that officials have kept vigil on the roads which lead to the Prakasham barrage site, given the situation.

On the other hand growing inflow into river Godavari is raising concerns. As of Monday 4pm water levels in Godavari at Bhadrachalam were 45.00 feet with a steady trend.

Dowleshwaram barrage at Rajahmundry in East Godavari district is seeing 13,65,616 cusecs of inflow with rising trend and the outflow is given at 13,65,616 cusecs in a balancing measure as per the latest release from Andhra Pradesh Disaster Management Authority (APDSMA).

The second level warning has been issued and concerned officials have been asked to take necessary precautionary measures.

Reports in the local media suggest that several hamlets and villages in Kunavaram and Chinturu are gripped in flood water, with several people being shifted to relief camps at Rampachodavaram, Amalapuram and Rajahmundry.

As per the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) Hyderabad’s latest brief to TNM, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states will see ‘most light  to moderate, heavy to very heavy and extreme heavy’ in the next 24 hours.

Speaking to TNM Dr Nagaratna, a scientist at Hyderabad IMD said, “The coming 24 hours we expect to see extreme rainfall in one or two places in Telangana, in Coastal Andhra area certain places will see light to moderate and a few others will witness heavy to very heavy rains. One or two places will receive heavy to extreme heavy rain".

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