Water levels at Sir Arthur Cotton barrage in Dowleswaram in East Godavari district is once again rising due to heavy rain in the catchment areas causing much concern among the people living in marooned villages in Konaseema for the last one week. “If the water level rises, the water already stagnated in low-lying areas will not recede and it will take another four days to recover from the calamity,” said Collector Neetu Prasad on Wednesday night.
According to official reports reaching Amalapuram RDO’s office, there are 26 villages still marooned and more than 40,000 people are covered by water from all sides.
According to the Flood Control Office release, the water level at Sir Arthur Cotton barrage on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. was 15.2 feet and discharge into the sea was 14.72 lakh cusecs.
The Collector said that the situation was not alarming even though the water level touched 16 feet at Dowleswaram by Thursday morning, but the only problem was the receding water from already marooned ‘lanka’ villages in Konaseema.
The Collector visited flood-affected villages in I. Polavaram and Mummidivaram mandals on Wednesday and informed that rehabilitation, food, water were being provided to 11,000 flood-affected families.
He explained that enumeration regarding losses incurred due to floods would be completed by Wednesday night and 20 kilograms of rice along with five litres of kerosene would be given to each of the flood-affected family. She informed that 150 boats have been arranged to shift flood victims, and 50 medical camps have been set up in the region.