Godavari, Krishna tributaries in spate

All the tributaries of both Godavari and Krishna rivers, besides several forest streams, are overflowing across the district due to continuous rain in their catchment areas for the second day in a row on Saturday.

Over 60 villages in the district were cut off owing to inundation of low-level culverts and causeways on the main roads in Charla, Wajedu, Kunavaram, Bayyaram, Yellendu and other mandals. All the medium and major reservoirs, including Palair, Wyra, Taliperu, Kinnerasani and Pedda Vagu, were filled to the brim necessitating discharge of huge volume of flood water into downstream.

The Munneru, a tributary of Krishna, is overflowing due to continuous rainfall in its catchment areas for the past two days. Water level in Palair reservoir in Kusumanchi mandal reached full reservoir level of 23 feet.

Several low-lying areas across its banks in Khammam division face the risk of inundation. Flood water entered several houses situated in the vicinity of the Munneru river banks in Khammam in the small hours of the day.

The Taliperu, one of the major tributaries of the Godavari, is also in spate. A total of 16 crest-gates of the Taliperu reservoir in Charla mandal were lifted in the afternoon to release surplus water of 40,000 cusecs into the Godavari. Over 25 villages in Wajedu mandal remained out of bounds for the third day due to submergence of a causeway at Cheekupalli village.

The road link to more than ten villages was cut off following inundation of a culvert by swirling waters of Edulavagu near Yedavalli village in Velerupadu mandal. Eetha Vagu, a forest stream, overflowed on a causeway in Charla mandal paralysing road connectivity to six villages.

The water level in the Godavari has rapidly increased by ten feet within a span of 24 hours. It stood around 42.5 feet on Saturday evening.

Heavy rain in catchment areas; over 60 villages cut off in Khammam district