Andhra Pradesh

Srikakulam rivers getting huge inflows

SRIKAKULAM: Many rivers which almost dried up in the month of July are brimming with water, thanks to incessant rains in catchment areas of AP-Odisha border. Main rivers such as Vamsadhara and Nagavali have been getting huge inflows for the last couple of days. With Vegavati Suvarnamukhi rivers receiving heavy inflows, irrigation officials lifted the gates of the Madduvalasa reservoir in Vangara mandal and released 50,000 cusecs.

Storage in the Narayanpur dam in Amadalavalasa mandal also went up. Although it will help agriculture activity in the district, several villages were facing problem of inundation. Many villages, including Kondchakarapalli, Koppara, Geetanapalli, Devakiwada, Kottapeta, and VPR Peta, were cut off from the rest of the world. The villagers alleged that irrigation and revenue officials failed to inform them in advance. But the officials said that the flow was not anticipated.

Meanwhile, Srikakulam Collector P.Lakshmi Narasimham reviewed the flood situation and asked the officials to provide necessary help to the villagers.

The district could get excess rainfall in the last three weeks of September although it continued to be in deficit if the season’s report is to be considered.

The district got 170.7 mm rainfall as against 157.4 till September, 23. Many mandals, including Hiramandalam, Vangara, Palakonda, Rajam, Patapatnam, LN Peta, Sarubujjili, and Laveru, received excess rainfall. Narasannapeta, Etcherla, Kaviti, Palasa and other areas were in the red zone with deficit rainfall. However, a few mandals like Narasannapeta could overcome drought with the irrigation facility with flow of the Vamasadhara river.

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