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FLOOD EFFECT:Villagers of flood affected village in Bhadrachalam division being shifted to a relief camp in Bhadrachalam Division in Khammam District on Wednesday.
FLOOD EFFECT:Villagers of flood affected village in Bhadrachalam division being shifted to a relief camp in Bhadrachalam Division in Khammam District on Wednesday.

The swollen Godavari turned perilous as it crossed the danger mark of 53 feet for the second time in less than a week on Wednesday at Bhadrachalam.

It flowed over three feet above the danger mark near the temple town on Wednesday night giving sleepless nights to the flood victims in over 300 flood-hit villages in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions. These villages are already reeling under the impact of floods triggered by torrential rains in the catchment areas of the river since July 19. Dozens of remote villages, including several tribal habitations, along the river course were either inundated or surrounded by flood waters. Around 7,030 persons mainly Adivasis were taking shelter in 53 relief camps set up in the two divisions. Power supply to nearly 305 villages in 14 mandals in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions remained suspended. Road communication to more than 130 villages remained paralysed as the flood water swamped culverts and low-level causeways at many points in the Bhadrachalam agency areas. Road link between Bhadrachalam and Wajedu, Venkatapuram, Charla and Dummugudem continued to remain disrupted owing to the latest spell of flash floods. Standing crops in 9,395 hectares were submerged by the floods in the agency areas. Three persons were killed in flood related incidents in the district in the last fortnight. Sources said that a 15 year old tribal girl was washed away by swirling waters in a stream near Venkatapuram on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Collector I. Srinivas Sri Naresh reviewed the flood situation in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions on Wednesday. Speaking to media persons in Bhadrachalam, he said the water level in the Godavari suddenly swelled due to the discharge of huge volume of surplus waters from Kadem, Swarna and other projects in the upstream. The level of water in the river is expected to reach 58 feet by midnight. The third flood warning is in force, he said adding that the entire official machinery has been kept on high alert to meet any eventuality. A total of 18 launches and 60 country boats were engaged in the flood relief operations. Essential commodities and other stocks have been replenished in the relief camps as well in the villages cut off by floods to cater to the needs of the flood victims, he said.

It flows over three feet above danger mark near temple town on Wednesday night


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