ANDHRA PRADESH

Rain brings cheer to ryots

Correspondent

MAHABUBNAGARKHAMMAM: Farmers in the district who were hitherto in distress condition due to deficit and erratic rainfall are now in upbeat mood with the moderate to heavy downpour since the last two days.

The district has received 11 mm rainfall in average under the influence of depression. Madgul mandal received 60 mm of rain in the past two days while it was 52 mm in Keshampet, 50 mm in Veldanda and 24 mm in Mahabubnagar mandal.

Meanwhile, it is learnt from official sources that the Jurala project is expected to receive inflows by Sunday night. The Superintendent Engineer of Jurala project, Srinivas Rao, informed that officials at Narayanpur dam in Karnataka opened 22 gates on Saturday at around 10 a.m. The discharge from Narayanpur dam was 81,026 cusecs while the inflows into it from Almatti dam was 1,01,617cusecs.

He said that at present there was 7 tmcft of water in Jurala project reservoir at 316 above mean sea level. Mr. Srinivas Rao also said that as soon as the project receives water from Narayanpur, it would be release to Srisailam reservoir by opening some of the Jurala project gates.

Five washed away

MAHABUBNAGARKHAMMAM: Five persons were washed away in the forest streams which are in full spate following heavy rain in the catchment spread the tribal pockets in the district as well as the neighbouring districts in Chhatisgarh and Orissa.

Taliperu, one of the tributaries of the Godavari is in spate. The flood level in Sabari, another tributary of the same river is also on the rise.

According to reports, two boys -- Raghuram, 13, and Rajaram, 12, were washed away in Murreduvagu near Kothagudem.

The bodies were yet to be traced. Banthu Surya, 36, was also washed away while crossing Pedavagu in the early hours. A youth, Vanala Ravi from Gouridevipeta village was downed in the Godavari. The body was fished out near Kunavaram.

Boy drowned

A 12-year-old boy, Durga Rao, was drowned in a stream in Kothagudem mandal on Friday night. The Chandravankavagu, Sokileru and Kinnerasani were all on the rise affecting road communications in the tribal areas.

The Taliperu river inundated the causeway near Charla thus affecting the vehicular movement between Bharachalam and the agency mandals of Wajeedu and Venkatapuram.

About 40,000 cusecs of water was let into the Godavari from the Taliperu project by opening nine of its gates.

Alert sounded

The Collecor, R.J. Nimje, has put the revenue and irrigation authorities on alert and they were asked to monitor the flood situation with coordination.

There was no flood threat to the Godavri, said officials.

The Bhadrachalm RDO, Ch. V. Badirinarayana, had a review with officials of the flood-prone mandas.

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