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Celebrating a river when it is in spate

P. SUJATHA VARMA

WAVE UPON WAVE: The Krishna near the Prakasam Bridge PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

WAVE UPON WAVE: The Krishna near the Prakasam Bridge PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR  

The news that the Krishna was in spate following heavy discharge of water from the Nagarjuna Sagar project spread like wildfire and had people hurrying towards the riverbed. Gazing at the high tide rising was an awesome sight.

The river swelled with the floodwaters crossing the normal level and inundating low-lying areas downstream Prakasam Barrage. As a precautionary measure, residents in the catchments areas were shifted to higher safer ground lest the giant waves caused heavy loss of human lives.

Pictures of the river periodically flashed by TV channels was reason enough for children to badger their parents to take them to the scene.

Thus began a caravan with people driving down in a trail of vehicles that were seen stationed in and around the Prakasam barrage, for over a couple of days.

Amazed by nature's splendour, children had their eyes fixed on the surging waves.

Splashing in puddles, clapping hands and tapping feet, they were in their element.

Pujitha continued to stare at the river whose calm blue waters that had always mesmerised her.

"Almost after seven years, people of Vijayawada are getting to see such a rare sight," she said.