The district administration has been put on high alert following heavy discharges from Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir. With heavy inflows into the Nagarajuna Sagar dam, the irrigation officials have lifted all the 26 crest gates letting out water at about 2.70 lakh cusecs. The water levels are at 563 feet which is expected to increase further with the inflows reaching 8.20 lakh cusecs.
With copious outflows from Sagar dam, Pulichintala is also filling to its brim. The water levels at the balancing reservoir are at 25 tmcft, while the total capacity of the reservoir is 45 tmcft.
District Collector I. Samuel Anand Kumar said people living in the low lying areas had been evacuated and shifted to schools in nearby villages. Mr. Samuel rushed to Repalle and monitored the flood situation. There are several villages in the rived bed and if the flood increases beyond seven lakh cusecs, people would be evacuated and moved to safe places, he said.
People in Vellampalli, Govindapuram, Regulagadda villages downstream of Pulichintala reservoir have been asked to evacuate. Revenue Divisional Officer, Gurazala, Parthasarathy rushed to the villages and is monitoring the rehabilitation works.
The Collector said that water releases from Pulichintala had crossed 25,000 cusecs, and said the situation was now under control.