Heavy rain, overflowing water bodies throw coastal Andhra into chaos, 3 feared drowned
The Andhra Pradesh government’s pre-emptive measure of releasing water from dams has left several areas along river banks flooded.india Updated: Aug 20, 2018 19:35 IST
Heavy rains coupled with overflowing water bodies disrupted normal life in the Krishna, West and East Godavari districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh on Monday.
At least three people were feared drowned after tributaries of the Godavari river brimmed over in East Godavari district. According to district officials, an unidentified farmer reportedly died after a boat he was travelling in capsized in the river along Gurajapu Lanka village in Mummidivaram block. Two other farmers – S Satyanarayana of Polavaram and D Vamsee Prasad of Peddalanka – met a similar fate while they were trying to row across a stream.
The authorities responded instantly, stopping the movement of all boats along Godavari distributaries downstream from the Dowleshwaram project area. As it stands, scores of islands on the Godavari have been cut off from the mainland due to water flowing over causeways and bridges.
National highway no. 16 was breached due to Erravagu, a local stream, overflowing at Eluru in West Godavari district. Flood waters also washed away the Sriparru causeway, paralysing vehicular traffic between Eluru and Kaikaluru in Krishna district.
Officials of the real-time governance wing in the Andhra Pradesh chief minister’s office sounded an alert in the Polavaram submergence villages of East Godavari early on Monday, asking people to stay in their houses in view of the overflowing Godavari and Sabari rivers.
Keeping the Kerala tragedy in view, the Andhra Pradesh government ordered that flood gates of the Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar reservoirs on the Krishna river be opened three days ago –releasing over two lakh cusecs of water downstream. All the gates of Prakasam barrage in Krishna district’s Vijayawada town were also opened to let over one lakh cusecs of water into the sea. This led to the inundation of low-lying areas all along the river bank.
With another rivulet – the Kondaveeti Vagu – reaching dangerous levels, irrigation officials are looking for alternative ways to divert the floodwater. The rains have also affected several chambers in the fourth block of the interim secretariat.
Largescale flooding resulted in snakes entering residential areas at Avanigadda village in Krishna district. At least 20 people who suffered snakebites have been admitted to local hospitals for immediate treatment.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday morning asked district officials to evacuate flood-hit people to safer areas. He also stressed on the need to keep life jackets, boats and anti-snake venom serums ready to deal with any untoward incident.
First Published: Aug 20, 2018 19:35 IST