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Updated: October 30, 2013 09:10 IST

TDP chief uses boat to go around Chuchukonda

G. Narasimha Rao
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Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu sitting in a life boat during his visit to flood-affected areas, at Chuchukonda village near Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district on Monday. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar
The Hindu Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu sitting in a life boat during his visit to flood-affected areas, at Chuchukonda village near Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district on Monday. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

Women who interacted with him said that water remained in their houses till Oct. 27

Though the rains stopped since Sunday afternoon, flood water is flowing over more than three feet above the bridge connecting Chuchukonda and Ganaparthi villages in Munagapaka mandal, on Monday.

Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu had to use a boat to go around Chuchukonda to meet the people during his visit on Monday and the locals said they face the problem whenever there are heavy rains and when Sarada river or geddas joining it received flood water.

During the present spell of heavy rains that continued for eight days, people could not use the bridge and their houses remained inundated. With water flowing at great speed for a stretch of about 600 meters near Saibaba temple at Chuchukonda people fixed a steel rope to the poles along this distance and the men were using it as a support to manage crossing this stretch. For women and children the villagers arranged the huge pans used for making jaggery to take them from on place to another. “The water level has come down by just 10 inches today, because there is no rain but we are still facing problem. We hope there are no more rains. If it rains again we will be in deeper trouble”, Kandregula Venkat of the village said.

He also gave the reason for flood water creating a major problem for the twin villages. The stretch of Sarada that flows between the two villages is at a much lower level and water from Kondakarla Ava and Anakapalle Ava accumulates. The banks are also weak and fortunately this time they did not breach, he said.

A group of women who listened to Mr. Naidu’s speech in the village centre at M. Jagannadhapuram said water remained in their houses and on the road till Sunday.

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