Andhra Pradesh

Rescue operations pick up pace as rain abates

Residents wading through a flood-affected area in Nellore district.   | Photo Credit: -

Relief operations picked up pace as rains abated in most parts of the district as also in the upper riparian districts bringing down the inflow into Somasila reservoir by over 1.80 lakh cusecs to 3.89 lakh cusecs on Saturday evening.

Two units each of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force rescued over 2,500 stranded people. One person from the SDRF, K. Srinivasulu from Vizianagaram district, drowned when his life jacket reportedly accidentally slipped in the flood waters, revenue officials said.

Many villages downstream of the river were inundated following an inflow of 5.12 lakh on Saturday morning from a peak inflow of a record 5.50 lakh cusecs on Friday. Over 5.49 lakh cusecs was discharged following heavy water discharge from upper riparian districts of the Penna basin.

The outflow from Somasila reservoir was brought down to 3.32 lakh cusecs in the evening maintaining a flood cushion of 9.46 tmcft in Somasila reservoir. The storage in the reservoir was brought down to 68.54 tmcft to avoid submergence of habitations in the upper reaches of Penna river.

As many as 7,142 people from 29 villages, which were worst-affected, were put in 18 relief camps set up in the flood-affected areas the district. The relief camps would be run in Nellore urban, Nellore rural, Kovur, Buchireddipalem, Vidavalur, Anantasagaram, Chejerla, Indukurpeta mandals till the floods receded, SPSR Nellore District Collector K.V.N.Chakradhar Babu said while overseeing the relief operations.

As many as 145 of the 1,780 tanks overflowed and caused inundation following continuous downpour in the last 15 days, he said. Now with rains abating, the district administration expected the floods to recede in the next 24 to 48 hours. The water flow in the Swarnamukhi and Kalingi rivers was being monitored closely.

Total damage

Crops in about 12,000 hectares were damaged following heavy rains, and roads on a stretch of 14,210 km were also damaged, a report compiled by the district administration said. The farmers would be provided input subsidy after a detailed enumeration of the crop losses, the Collector said, adding that health camps would be organised to avoid the spread of seasonal diseases.

Vinjamur recorded a maximum rainfall of 43.4 mm in the last 24 hours ending 8.00 am on Saturday followed by Kaligiri (41.4mm), Anantasagaram(40.2 mm), Marripadu(39.4 mm), Duttalur (34.2mm), Atmakur(34 mm), Varikuntapadu(33.2 mm), Buchireddypalmen (30.2 mm), Kaluva (30 mm) and Nellore (28.6 mm).


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