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300 villages continue to reel under impact of floods

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Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Project Director Veera Pandian and Sub-Collector Narayana Bharath Gupta inspecting the flood-hit areas at Wazedu in Khammam District on Tuesday. —By Special Arrangement
Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Project Director Veera Pandian and Sub-Collector Narayana Bharath Gupta inspecting the flood-hit areas at Wazedu in Khammam District on Tuesday. —By Special Arrangement

With the flood level in the Godavari still hovered around 46 feet, three feet above the first warning level, at Bhadrachalam on Tuesday evening, more than 300 villages in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions still continue to reel under the impact of floods. Charla mandal received highest rainfall of 99.8 mm in the last 24 hours. However, the situation is expected to slightly improve by Wednesday afternoon if the flood level in the Godavari and its tributaries recedes below the first warning level of 43 feet, official sources said.

Meanwhile, the intermittent heavy rains in the agency areas since Monday night compounded the woes of flood victims in Charla, Kunavaram, V R Puram, and Venkatapuram mandals. Vast tracts of agricultural fields and significant chunk of the network of roads still remained under a sheet of flood water in the flood ravaged tribal sub-plan mandals in the Bhadrachalam Agency. The inundation of large tracts of land by flood waters surrounding the riverside villages has become a major cause of concern for the official machinery engaged in flood relief operations. Several fever cases have been reported from Jeediguppa, the flood affected village in V R Puram mandal.

According to sources, a few students of the tribal welfare ashram school in the village are down with fevers and seasonal ailments.

Meanwhile, ITDA Project Officer G. Veerapandian accompanied by Bhadrachalam Sub-Collector Narayana Bharath Gupta extensively toured the flood-hit areas in Kunavaram, V R Puram and Chintur mandals in a motor boat on Tuesday. Mr Veerapandian took stock of the relief operations at Kondrajupeta in V R Puram mandal. He had personally monitored the dispatch of additional quantity of relief material including milk, bread, medicines and bleaching powder to the flood-hit remote tribal habitations under the gram panchayat through boats.


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