Rains are lashing many parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The river Godavari is flowing at dangerous levels at various places in the two states.
At Bhadrachalam in Telangana, the river is at 56 feet high putting the authorities on alert. The river is expected to further rise to 58 feet. About 500 people are shifted to flood rehabilitation centres here. A NDRF team is on the standby.
The river is threatening to create havoc in the East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh. It is flowing at 14.5 feet at the Dhowleshwaram Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage and officials have opened all the gates discharging 13.54 lakh cusecs of water into the Bay of Bengal till the evening. A few dozen families are evacuated from their marooned villages to safer places in the two districts.
The rains have also affected transportation services at several places. AP chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao is reviewing the situation. Control rooms are set up Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Amalapuram by the AP government in addition to the one set up by the Telangana government in Hyderabad.