Mahendratanaya, Nagavali, Vamsadhara receiving huge inflows

Natural calamities continued to haunt Srikakulam district where crops got damaged heavily with unabated rains for the last few days. Paddy and maize in around 25,000 acres were damaged with the fresh rains on Wednesday with the impact of North-East monsoon.

Apart from crop damage, several houses collapsed in places such as G. Sigadam, Itchapuram. Life was thrown out of gear in many mandals including Kanchili, Kaviti, Palasa, Itchapuram, Sompeta. Rain water entered houses in Sompeta and Kanchili areas, causing many troubles to residents. Furniture got damaged in several offices including MPDOs office in Sompeta.

Srikakulam Collector Saurabh Gaur directed the special officers to stay at their respective mandals and monitor the flood situation. Irrigation officials were asked not to move from headquarters as floods posed a major threat to the district. Mahendratanaya, Nagavali, Vamsadhara are receiving huge inflows with the downpour in catchments. The situation is likely to be crucial from Thursday with the heavy inflows into Mahendratanaya river. Floods will have impact on Sompeta town, officials feared.

Fisheries Department was asked to arrange boats to evacuate people to safer places in Mandasa mandal. Kaviti areas were badly affected with the heavy downpour of 178.2. mm. Mandasa received 171.4 mm and Kanchili got 171.2 mm rainfall till Wednesday morning.

Control room

A control room (phone numbers:1800 425 6625, 08942-240557) was set up in the Collectorate to help victims to register their grievances. The officials said relief measures were being taken up immediately with the feedback received at the control room.