Over 100 electricity poles, several electricity transformers and feeders were damaged in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions

Electricity supply to over 40 flood-hit villages in V R Puram and Velerupadu mandals in the Bhadrachalam Agency continued to remain suspended as the electricity poles and transformers suffered severe damage due to flash floods that devastated several agency areas over the past 10 days.

Over 100 electricity poles, several electricity transformers and feeders were damaged in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions under the impact of floods. Electricity supply was disconnected to more than 300 villages particularly those situated on the river course over a week ago when the flood level in the Godavari almost touched the 57-feet mark.

The APNPDCL has suffered huge losses due to the submergence of electricity poles and damage to electricity transformers in the flood ravaged agency areas. The exact loss will be known only after the flood waters completely recede from the low-lying areas in V R Puram and Velerupadu mandals, sources added.

According to sources, the teams comprising the field staff of the APNPDCL have restored electricity to nearly 270 flood-affected villages in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha mandals in the past few days.

However, several low-lying areas in V R Puram and Velerupadu mandals still remained marooned, hampering the restoration works. A team of APNPDCL linemen restored electricity to several flood-hit villages in Wajedu mandal after carrying out repairs to the 33 KV power transmission line between Wajedu and Dharmaram on a war-footing.

Our teams have restored power to 275 flood-hit villages so far, said K. Tirumala Rao, Superintending Engineer, APNPDCL. We have been using boat services to transport the new equipment to replace the damaged electricity transformers and carry out necessary repairs to the power transmission lines in the flood affected areas, he said adding that the APNPDCL teams were putting in their best efforts to restore the power supply to the remaining 40 villages in the next few days.