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Nightmare revisits Saradanagar

G. V. Prasada Sarma
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Residents recall last year’s ordeal by cyclone Neelam

PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana having a word with Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao during their visit to Saradanagar, which submerged in floodwater at Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district on Sunday. —Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar
PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana having a word with Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao during their visit to Saradanagar, which submerged in floodwater at Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district on Sunday. —Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

For residents of Saradanagar, it was a nightmare revisiting. Last year around this time during cyclone Neelam water from the Sarada had submerged their houses.

This time water from a nearby hill stream flooded houses at Saradanagar and Devinagar. Water had not receded till Sunday evening.

Water from a gedda entered the houses in the early hours. “It happened around 3 a.m. We managed to reach the first floor with bare necessities and all the other belongings,” said a woman from the first floor of Mir Saheb’s house. The ground floor was locked with water still more than a foot high.

Giri of Saradanagar says he incurred a loss of about Rs.1 lakh with fridge, inverters etc damaged in the flooded house. It was like celebrating a sorrowful anniversary in advance, say residents recalling last year’s flooding.

Residents complain that the cause of flooding was not taken care of and even their MLA and Minister for Investment Ganta Srinivasa Rao and PCC president and Transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana did not speak to them. They should have given a thought to the condition of the old bridge, the new bridge under construction, why the flooding was occurring repeatedly and the preventive measures to be taken, says a youth. They should have taken up the approach roads first saving the trouble of taking a roundabout route and a difficult drive to people, say residents.

“Last year too it happened and I had incurred a loss of Rs.3 lakh,” says a retired bank employee Sankara Rao. This time he moved to his son’s house at Woodpeta as flooding had occurred again.

“The authorities are not taking any permanent measures and we are repeatedly subjected to hardship and the aged and women are not even able to move out of their homes,” said a teacher, Acharyulu.

The main reason for flooding is that encroachments had come up obstructing the flow from the gedda and the outlets under the bridge are too small, says District Ryot Sangham president Balakrishna and AIDWA leader Prabhavathi. A resident suggested that the gedda flow be diverted to Yeleru canal.


  • Water from a gedda entered the houses in the early hours

  • No permanent measures being taken to prevent flooding, say residents



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