Irrigation officials release third warning sign as the water level reaches 18.2 feet at Sir Arthur Cotton barrage
There was anxiety in seven mandals out of 16 in Konaseema area and also Devipatnam mandal in Rampachodavaram Agency in East Godavari on Saturday as the water level in the Godavari suddenly started increasing from Friday night. Irrigation officials released third warning sign on Saturday as the water level reached 18.2 feet at Sir Arthur Cotton barrage at Dowlaiswaram and 19.6 lakh cusecs of water was being relapsed into sea.
District Collector Neetu Prasad rushed to Kotha Lanka village in Mummidivaram mandal along with Revenue and Irrigation officials on Saturday after she came to know about damage of outfall sluice gates of Vrudha Goutami. As a result of damage of outfall sluice more than 2,800 acres of paddy fields were inundated.
The Collector said that she directed drainage officials several times to take up permanent steps to repair the particular sluice, but this did not materialise.
The plight of 46 Lanka villages in Konaseema is grim once again as about 25,000 families have been cut off due to the fury of floods. There are another 15 vulnerable points along the bunds of the Godavari and the officials are placing layers of sand bags here.
P. Sampath Kumar, RDO, Amalapuram division, informed that 200 boats were pressed freshly into service to transport people as well as relief material to marooned villages in Konaseema and added that 28 medical camps had been set up.
In Devipatnam mandal of Rampachodavaram division, the situation has become grim again. About 20 villages out of 31 flood-prone villages in the mandal were cut off from the main land. About six villages are marooned due to flood waters. Rampachodavaram Sub-collector Gandham Chandrudu has informed that four relief centres had been set up and five medical camps were being arranged in the mandal.