Andhra Pradesh

Relief short-lived as Godavari rises again

Colossal loss: A farmer takes stock of the damage suffered by his banana plantation at Peshkulanka in East Godavari district on Monday.

Colossal loss: A farmer takes stock of the damage suffered by his banana plantation at Peshkulanka in East Godavari district on Monday.  

State government puts the number of affected villages at 384 in the Godavari districts

There seems to be no end to the ordeal of people living in the flood-affected villages on the banks of the Godavari river in East and West Godavari districts. There appeared to be a let-up in the hill areas late on Sunday night, but it increased again in the evening of Monday.

The people living particularly in habitations on the slopes of hills through which the Godavari flows heaved a sigh of relief when water level in the river fell by 1.5 feet at Bhadrachalam and the first warning was withdrawn in the early hours. But then the flood increased in the evening to 43 feet at the Temple Town and the first warning had to announced again.

The AP State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) in a bulletin said, based on readings in gauges upstream, that the flood was going to rise further.

A press release from the government said that 384 villages in 27 mandals in East and West Godavari districts were affected by the floods and heavy rains. As many as 18,510 people living these villages had to be evacuated to 77 relief camps in the two districts. The flood at the Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowlaiswaram in the plains near the mouth of the river had been gradually receding, but with a reversal of trend upstream it was expected to increase again in a day. The discharge of 13.5 lakh cusecs from the barrage on Sunday night, dropped to 12.81 lakh cusecs by Monday morning and further down to 11.24 lakh cusecs by evening the same day.

Food packets distributed

In West Godavari, 216 villages in 20 mandals were affected and in East Godavari, 168 villages in seven mandals were affected. The total population affected was 52,000 in East Godavari and 21,568 in West Godavari, according to the data.As many as 1.68 lakh food packets, 5.56 lakh water packets, 74.2 tonnes of rice, 7,420 litres of kerosene, 3,710 kg each of red gram, palm oil, onion, potato and 5,300 litres milk were distributed to the flood-affected families in the camps and in marooned villages.

Communications to 19 villages in West Godavari were cut off after roads leading to them and the bridges across Yedduvagu and Siddaramvagu got submerged, the release said.

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