Flood threat looms large as Godavari water levels rise again

Rajahmundry: Water level in the Godavari continued to rise, threatening to submerge Konaseema and Agency areas of East and West Godavari districts. About 36 villages in Konaseema region are flood-affected--12 of them remained cut off from the main land.
In Devipatnam mandal, 36 villages were cut off from the main land and water entered seven villages.
The Gandi Posammma temple in Gonduru village was submerged. About 40 villages in the four merged mandals in East Godavari, too, remained cut off. Water has entered several villages in Polavaram and Valeirupadu mandals in West Godavari district.
The second warning signal was issued at Sir Arthur Cotton barrage at Dowlaiswaram and about 14.81 lakh cusec of water were released on Monday evening.
However to the relief of the people the water level has started to recede in Bhadrachalam. Irrigation authorities are predicting that the waters will recede after reaching 16 lakh discharge level from the Sir Arthur Cotton barrage and roughly 10 lakh cusecs water is likely to be released in the next five days.
In Konaseema, the Godavari is flowing on par with the banks and water is entering villages situated on the banks. Villagers in Ianavilli, P Gannavaram, Mamidikuduru, Ambajipeta, Mummidivaram, I Polavaram, Malkipuram, Razole and Sakhinetipalli mandals are worried about the imminent flood.
Boat services to island villages in Mamidikuduru, Allavaram, P Gannavaram and I Polavaram mandals were stopped and police and revenue department put on alert along the banks of the Godavari.
In Devipatnam, the flood situation worsened as water entered several villages forcing people to leave home. There is still no connectivity between Devipatnam and other villages. Three teams of the State Disaster Relief Force with 25 boats have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.
As the 33/11 power sub-station on Bhadrachalam Road got inundated, power supply in four merged mandals-- VR Puram, Koonavaram, Yetapaka and Chintur--has been badly affected. In West Godavari, backwaters entered tribal villages in Polavaram mandal due to the coffer dam. The electricity department has cut off power to the tribal villages.
The tribals, struggling without access to essential commodities and vegetables, said they were not warned about the flood.

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