First warning at Sir Arthur Cotton barrage likely to be issued today

Rajahmundry: Given the rate at which the level of water is rising in the Godavari, irrigation authorities have revealed that the first warning may be issued at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage by Sunday night and second warning by September 12.
The water level is rising due to the release of about eight lakh cusec of water from Medigadda reservoir and heavy rains in Maharashtra. About 7.82 lakh cusec of water was released from the barrage on Saturday evening. The water level has reached 42 feet at the temple town of Bhadrachalam and is still on the rise. Heavy rains in the agency areas of Chhattisgarh and Odisha are adding to the woes.
Meanwhile, residents of the villages located in the river basin are living in constant fear. While some villages have already been cut off from the mainland, others are nearing the same fate. The lives of tribals living in 36 villages in Devipatnam mandal is once at stake as these villages have been cut off. ITDA authorities have arranged boats to several villages from mandal headquarter of Devipatnam.
It was also found out that the causeway at Kothuru village that connected 19 tribal villages in the hill areas with the mainland is under 12 feet of water that has disrupted traffic between Polavaram and the upstream villages of Polavaram Project. The people of these villages complained that no official warning was sounded when waters were expected to rise in the Godavari. They alleged that the officials did not disburse essential commodities properly to them during the earlier floods and added that there was no transport to reach Polavaram in case of an emergency.

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