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WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: Residents of Mahimalacheruvu wading in knee deep water on Tuesday after the banks of the Vasista river breached and flooded the village on Monday night. Photo: S. Rambabu
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE: Residents of Mahimalacheruvu wading in knee deep water on Tuesday after the banks of the Vasista river breached and flooded the village on Monday night. Photo: S. Rambabu

Staff Reporter

Backwaters play havoc in East Godavari due to the high tide

Amalapuram: The backwaters are playing havoc again in Konaseema area of East Godavari district since Monday night as the water is gradually inundating more and more villages in four to five mandals.

Until Monday evening, the number of villages that were submerged completely was 280 in the district and by Tuesday evening it went up to 350, mostly in Konaseema. "The situation is horrible. Submergence is increasing hour by hour. We have pressed Navy and Army helicopters and boats into service to see that there was no human loss and to supply food to people who were trapped in the water," said MVPC Sastry, senior IAS officer, specially deputed to monitor the flood relief works.

High discharge of water

As a result of the high tide in the sea on the full moon day on Wednesday, the sea could not absorb the discharge of 25 to 30 lakh cusecs of Godavari river water from the Dhawaleswaram barrage. So the high tide is slowly pushing back the river water along the villages near Mukteswaram, the merging point and also Kotipalli Revu.

According to official sources, the Pithapuram branch canal had 24 breaches on Monday night, due to which some 40,000 acres of land was waterlogged and 50 villages were marooned. The main breach to the Pithapuram canal occurred at Kasivaripakalu village.

The breaches that occurred on Monday at Mondepulanka and Sanapulanka are still releasing a large quantity of water into villages and agricultural fields.

Two boats sink

On Tuesday, two country boats carrying food packets and milk sank near Pedamallanka of P. Gannavaram mandal and the two-member crew of the boats was washed away.

In Razole and Inavelli the situation was worse and people were crying for help from the top of their buildings.

"We could not contact some 30 villages in the district, 20 in Konaseema and another 10 in the Agency. However, our rescue teams have already reached many places," said District Collector M. Subrahmanyam.

Road and other communication networks, electricity and water supply is completely cut off from the last three days in the Konaseema and Agency areas.


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