Irrigation engineers upbeat as SRSP receives heavy inflows

There was no let-up in rains over Telangana and Coastal Andhra regions on Thursday also, despite low pressure area fizzling out in Madhya Pradesh.

The continuance of the rains has been attributed to an upper air cyclonic circulation over neighbouring Odisha with its impact extending into North Coastal Andhra and North Telangana.

Nearly 50 places each in North Telangana and North Coastal Andhra recorded a rainfall of 5 to 6 cm on an average, while Kamareddy in Nizamabad district which bore the bunt of the fury on Wednesday, reported 9 cm.

The heavy rainfall warning has been withdrawn in case of the North Coastal districts, but continued for Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary P.K. Mohanty, asked the collectors of the vulnerable districts to keep the administration on alert to undertake rescue and relief measures, if necessary. Departments of Health, Civil Supplies and Animal Husbandry have been particularly asked to keep stocks of drugs, essential commodities and fodder ready for supply to the affected people.

The inflows reaching Sriramsagar Project (SRSP) swelled to 58,276 cusecs on Thursday, increasing the storage in its reservoir to 22 tmcft (its full capacity 90.3 tmcft). Irrigation engineers were upbeat that SRSP was getting water despite Babli.

The Godavari remained in floods in its stretch from Kaleswaram up to Dowleswaram anicut from where a huge quantity of 4 lakh cusecs was being let out into the sea.

In the Krishna basin, Almatti was getting 52,000 cusecs and Tungabhadra dam 24,000 cusecs, but Jurala and Srisailam were devoid of the inflows.

In Khammam district, the floods in Taliperu and Cheekuvagu slowed down, giving relief to the inundated low-lying areas.

The situation in Adilabad remained unchanged as flood water has not yet receded from hundreds of habitations. In Nizamabad, areas lying on low planes were water-logged following torrential rains for the second consecutive day.

The State, as a whole, reported a 20 per cent excess rainfall by receiving 255.5 mm during the season so far, as against a normal of 213 mm. Nizamabad topped the districts by recording a 63 per cent excess following by Krishna (59 per cent) and Prakasam (54 per cent).