ANDHRA PRADESH

Officials on high alert as Vamsadhara in spate

Heavy inflows following unprecedented downpour in the catchment areas lying in Orissa

Vamsadhara river is in full spate following unprecedented downpour in the catchment areas lying in Orissa.

The district administration has been on a high alert as heavy flows are likely to reach Gotta barrage in the next few days following incessant rain.

It was initially anticipated that about 1 lakh cusecs of water would reach the barrage, causing tension among people of eight mandals such as Bhamini, Kotturu, Gara, Hira Mandalam, L.N. Peta, Jalumuru, Polaki and Sarubujjili.

50,945 cusecs

As many as 86 villages will be affected if the inflows increase further. However, the inflow was confined to 50,945 cusecs by 7 pm on Thursday, much to the relief of the people as well as the administration.

Matala and Penugotivada villages besides parts of Kotturu area were submerged after the Irrigation Department released 50,945 cusecs of water into the sea. People were moved to safer places though some of them resisted evacuation measures taken up by Revenue Department. Though there was no human loss, crops were damaged due to floods.

8 to 10 hours

Vamsadhara Maintenance Division Executive Engineer Y.S. Sudhakar told The Hindu that it would take 8 to 10 hours for the floodwaters to reach Gotta barrage from the catchment area.

“We have alerted the district administration about the heavy inflows from catchment areas such as Katraguda, Mohana, Mahendragada, Gunupur and Kasinagar of Orissa.

The officials are in touch with their counterparts for better co-ordination so that accurate information can be given to the public over flood situation,” he added.

Food packets

Collector N. Srikanth, who visited Matala and Penugotivada, said food packets were being supplied to victims stranded in floodwaters. “Generators are also being sent to the villages as there is no power supply. A control room has been set up to monitor relief operations in case of emergency. So far the situation is under control,” he said.

However, the villagers alleged that the government had failed to strengthen the embankments though they had sent several representations.

“Public representatives did not respond to our problems. Paddy fields are submerged every year, causing huge financial losses to farmers,” said K. Venkata Prasad and Murali Krishna, residents of Matala village.

Parvathipuram flooded

Meanwhile, Parvathipuram in Vizianagaram district was submerged in knee-deep water after Varahalagedda stream breached its banks. It entered low-lying areas like Bypass Colony, RTC bus station, Vivekananda Colony.

In some areas, the water reached chest level following heavy rain since Wednesday night.

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