A flooded Penganga river continued to ravage parts of Adilabad on Thursday though it started receding in the upstream areas during the day. Some five villages in Koutala and two in Sirpur (T) mandal were surrounded by water as local streams breached their banks, unable to discharge into the Penganga, which flows on the Maharashtra border.
The river, a tributary of Godavari, came into spate downstream, ahead of merging with the Pranahita due to release of flood waters from two irrigation projects in the neighbouring district. A huge amount of water was released from the Ghosekhurd project in Bhandara district and Iraqi dam in Chandrapur district, causing flooding of Penganga and Pranahita.
Adilabad Collector Babu A. reviewed the situation and alerted Revenue authorities in concerned mandals. Teams of officials led by Sirpur (T) Tahsildar T. Ramesh Goud and Koutala Tahsildar P. Vishwambhar visited the flood-affected villages and interacted with anxious villagers.
The road link between Sirpur (T) and Koutala was cut off at Tonkini and Venkatraopet as the level of Tatichettu Orre stream rose, submerging the bridge. Road link to Beervelli, Tatipalli, Ranvelli, Pardi and Tummidi Hatti in Koutala mandal also remained cut off for a major part of the day. While several hundreds of acres of agriculture fields freshly came under inundation in Sirpur (T) and Koutala, the receding water at Jainad and Bela revealed a train of destruction in the fields. The Penganga deposited silt in an estimated 5,000 acres of cotton and soyabean fields which is even a foot deep at several places.
Meanwhile, flood water continued to be discharged from Kadem project through two crest gates. The inflow being 4,500 cusecs, the outflow was pegged at 11,000 cusecs.