100 children in NGO home evacuated as Krishna waters rise in Vijayawada

Flood waters at Tallayapalem near Vijayawada.

Flood waters at Tallayapalem near Vijayawada.   | Photo Credit: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Movement of heavy vehicles prohibited on Prakasam Barrage

With the water level in the Krishna rising, about 100 children staying in the SKCV Trust NGO home on the river bund at Bhavanipuram in Vijayawada were shifted to a safe place.

Collector A. Md. Imtiaz visited Bhavanipuram, Punnami ghat and other areas and directed officials to shift the people staying on the bund. Flood water entered some structures near the river.

“We shifted about 100 children, including 32 students studying in National Child Labour Project (NCLP) School, to other homes,” said SKCV Trust Chairman Sridhar Reddy.

NCLP Project Director D. Anjaneya Reddy said that the students were shifted to a home at Gandhinagar and all of them were safe.

Officials banned the movement of heavy vehicles on the Prakasam Barrage from Friday morning. Flood water entered many temples and guest houses located on the river bund.

Many villages in Chandarlapadu, Kanchikacherla, Ibrahimpatnam and Penamaluru mandals and many areas in Vijayawada city and rural were inundated as the water level went up in the Krishna. Irrigation, Police and Revenue officials were evacuating people residing in low-lying areas in Ramalingeswar Nagar, Bhavanipuram and other colonies in Vijayawada.

Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas visited the affected areas in Ramalingeswar Nagar. Police arranged security along the river bund as a precautionary measure and are not allowing visitors near the waters.

Krishna District Superintendent of Police M. Ravindranath Babu said an alert had been given in Nandigama, Chillakallu and Kanchikacherla mandals. About 40 families from Muktyala, Vedadri and other villages have been evacuated.

“Rescue teams have been posted round-the-clock in the villages abutting the Krishna. Sand bags were arranged at many structures and instructions have been given to strengthen the bunds to prevent breaching,” the SP said.

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