Staff Reporter

  • Swirling Penganga continues to ravage 30 villages
  • Villagers stuck atop rooftops and on overhead tanks
  • Traffic still disrupted on the Rayapatnam bridge

    ADILABAD: Despite a respite from tormenting rainfall on Monday, full-scale rescue and relief operations in over 30 flood-affected villages along the banks of the swirling Penganga in the district could not be taken up.

    Over 1 lakh cusecs of water was released into the Penganga from Isapur Upper Penganga, Annavati and Adam projects in Yavatmal in Maharashtra. In Surpur (T) mandal, villages of Hudkili, Tonkini and Jakkapur remained flooded as the level of water in the Penganga kept rising throughout the day.

    In Asifabad revenue division where Sirpur (T), Bejjur, Koutala and Dahegaon mandals were badly hit, relief money is being disbursed to those whose houses have been damaged, according to Asifabad Sub-Collector Bhaskar Katamneni.

    1,000 lorries stranded

    Over one thousand lorries were stranded for the second day on Monday between Bhoraj checkpost and Penganga border. Philanthropists from Adilabad town supplied drivers with food packets and drinking water.

    But, there was hardly any relief coming in the way of villagers marooned since the intervening night of Saturday-Sunday. The Adilabad Joint Collector sent drinking water and food packets to villagers of Pendalwada in Jainad mandal. Many villagers were still stuck atop rooftops and on overhead water tanks.

    Over 300 people of Sangvi (K) village were evacuated by fishermen using thermocol sheets to form floating platforms while villagers of old Sangvi chipped in with food supplies.

    Relief could not reach Bela mandal as many villages were completely inundated. Due to the Godavari waters overflowing on Rayapatnam bridge, vehicular traffic remained suspended.