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Rains wreak havoc with West Godavari ryots

G. Nagaraja
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Submergence caused by failure of Dharbharevu drain to let out the floodwater into the Godavari

Worried :A farmer shows paddy sheaves with his marooned field in the background at L.B. Charla under Narsapur mandal of West Godavari district.— Photo: A.V.G. Prasad
Worried :A farmer shows paddy sheaves with his marooned field in the background at L.B. Charla under Narsapur mandal of West Godavari district.— Photo: A.V.G. Prasad

The deluge caused by the torrential rains literally left Mallula Srinivas, a tenant farmer from L.B. Charla under Narsapur mandal of West Godavari district, in tears. As the Dharbharevu drain suffered breaches at several points and flooded, his seven-and-half acres of paddy field looks like a huge water body. He picks up the rotten paddy sheaves from his fields, wading through the chest-deep waters, in a desperate bid to show the gravity of the calamity to the visitors.

Mr. Srinivas has borrowed Rs. 50,000 from lenders with a rate of interest at Rs. 2 to invest in the paddy cultivation in the kharif. The tenant farmer, who is in a bind over giving 10 bags of produce per acre to his landlord as lease, is now left to the latter’s mercy.

“I hope the landlord will relieve me of the lease burden as I am in deep losses”, he said. “I would have harvested the crop in the next 45 days had I been spared by the calamity. It struck the crop when it was in flowering stage and the damage is irrecoverable”, he said. This is the second spell of disaster that hit him in the last one month. The Dharbharevu drain reportedly failed to let out the floodwater into the Godavari river due to water flow from the river in reverse direction, leading to submergence of fields.

The Dharbharevu drain apart, several others such as East Kukkileru, West Kukkileru, Rustumbada and Mogalturu drains also played their part in devastating the paddy and aqua fields in L.B. Charla, Modi, Dharbharevu, Turuputalla, Vemuladeevi, Rustumbada, P.M. Lanka, Lakshmaneswaram and Y.S. Palem in Narsapur mandal B. Balaram, secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Rytu Sangham district unit, who visited the flood-hit areas, estimated that the paddy in 2,000 acres and crab and prawn culture in 3,000 acres suffered extensive damages in Narsapur area.

Living close to the sea on the one side and the Vasista Godavari on the other, the people from Mogalturu and Narsapur are quite often subjected to the wrath of the either one. Besides, they also feel the pinch of being at the tail-end of the irrigation and the drainage systems that empty themselves right at their doorstep after benefiting a large extent of farm fields in upper reaches.


  • Paddy and prawn culture suffer extensive damage, says Rytu Sangham

  • People from Mogalturu and Narsapur are often subjected to the wrath of floods



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